Since my college days as a student radio host, I’ve been a sucker for good radio and it’s inherent portability, particularly public radio, like National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Here’s a weekly recap of my favorite bits from the wireless over the past week. Enjoy.
Here’s The Thing
January 16, 2012 – Alec Baldwin talks with director Joe Berlinger about his latest film for HBO Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory — the third film in a series of documentaries about a crime that took place 18 years ago in rural Arkansas. Listen below or download here.
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January 13, 2012 – This week on Studio 360, Kurt Andersen talks with playwright Suzan-Lori Parks about how she turned the Gershwin’s landmark 1935 opera Porgy and Bess into a Broadway musical. Also in the show… ghostwriters, rebranding teachers and the over-the-top “presidentialness” of Mitt Romney. Listen below or download here.
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On The Media
January 13, 2012 – With Mitt Romney’s Republican opponents labeling him “corporate raider” and a “vulture” for his career in private equity, journalists are wondering whether this marks an inflection point for the hardline free-market ideology of the Right. Brooke talks with San Francisco State University Professor Charles Postel about the history of populism in American campaigning, and in what he calls “The Second Gilded Age.” Listen below or download here.
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All Songs Considered: 2012 Winter Music Preview
December 29, 2011 – Okay, okay… it’s not from the past week, but I discovered it in the past week. Bob Boilen, Ann Powers, Stephen Thompson and Jacob Ganz flip the release-date calendar forward to look at a dozen new songs from albums that come out in the early months of 2012. Listen below or download here.
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