Arts & Culture

Interviews and stories about art, culture, music, books, food / dining and sports.

Mike Rowe: Public Radio Shopping Network

May 20, 2016

Before he became a go-to television host, Mike Rowe got a small part in the Baltimore Opera in hopes of joining the actor's union. "Okay, you can't fake your way into opera!" interjected Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at the Bob Carr Theater in Orlando, Florida. "Sure you can," he responded. "You can fake your way into anything. I mean, look at us!" During a long break in a performance, Rowe grabbed a drink across the street. The bartender told him about a cattle-call audition for a home shopping network the very next day.

From the outside, it looked like any of the other mugs in the Auschwitz museum.

But on the inside, this one had a secret — faithfully kept for seven decades.

A false bottom concealed a gold necklace and a gold ring inlaid with stones.

The enameled mug was one of more than 12,000 pieces of kitchenware that Nazis stole from people sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in occupied Poland.

See You Later Alligator

May 20, 2016

Florida is home to about 1.5 million alligators, so we've crafted this game around the expression, "See you later, alligator!" Each answer contains a word that ends in ator. See you later, gladiator!

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Fantasy Sports

May 20, 2016

We ask contestants to identify sports franchises that share their names with things found in fantasy literature. If we said, "This Florida basketball team is named for the supernatural art studied at Hogwarts," the answer would be "The Orlando Magic." Because this is public radio and sports are hard, they only have to know the fantasy word.

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Spy Spy Spy

May 20, 2016

Orlando is the primordial soup from which many of the most successful boy bands emerged: The Backstreet Boys, O-Town, and, of course... N*SYNC. In recognition, we have rewritten N*SYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" to be about famous fictional spy spy spies.

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If you were to ask our experts, "so are you a rocket scientist or something?" Gioia Massa and Melissa Jones would say, "well, yes!"

Gioia Massa is a NASA project scientist focused on growing lettuce on the International Space Station. The goal is to be able to grow food in space, rather than bring it from Earth, if we all move to Mars one day. And, as host Ophira Eisenberg points out, there isn't a Whole Foods on the way.

Decode The State

May 20, 2016

Try replacing a word that is also a postal code with the full name of the state. What vice president "lost" the 2000 election, but won an Oscar for "An Inconvenient Truth"? That's ALABAMA Gore, when you replace the postal code A-L with the full state name.

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Maayan Silver

Trying a city's signature foods is a must for visitors and locals alike. In New Orleans, you'd probably be on the search for a beignet; in Philly, a cheese steak; in Texas, barbecue. So, what's Milwaukee's?

Tom Targos of Salem, Wisconsin took that question to WUWM's Bubbler Talk and asked: "Chicago has deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs...but what are some of the foods or dishes with a genesis in Milwaukee?"

Are The Best Designers Rebels?

May 20, 2016

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Power Of Design

About Alice Rawsthorn's TED Talk

Design critic Alice Rawsthorn explains why some of the greatest designers tend to be outsiders. She celebrates the innovations of unwitting designers like Florence Nightingale — and Blackbeard.

About Alice Rawsthorn

How Do Buildings Make Us Feel?

May 20, 2016

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Power Of Design

About Marc Kushner's TED Talk

Architect Marc Kushner explains why architecture tends to swing drastically between traditional and experimental styles — and why the future of building design is going to be different.

About Marc Kushner

How Can We Design For A Better Experience?

May 20, 2016

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Power of Design

About Tony Fadell's TED Talk

The designer behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat explains why design is in the details, and why designers often get those details wrong.

About Tony Fadell

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Power Of Design

About Janine Benyus' TED Talk

Science writer Janine Benyus believes more innovators should look to nature when solving a design problem. She says the natural world is full of inspired ideas for making things waterproof, solar-powered and more.

About Janine Benyus

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Power Of Design

About Joe Gebbia's TED Talk

When a stranger shows up at an AirBnB rental, what ensures that all goes well? Careful design of the website that brought them together, says Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb.

About Joe Gebbia

A new oil painting has just arrived in what may be the world's most clandestine art gallery — the fine arts collection at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency.

This commissioned work isn't your typical still life; the tableau is a busy clutter of gear — photos, blueprints, weapons and ammunition.

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