Arts & Culture

All Songs Considered
11:02 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For Nov. 21

This week's Drum Fill Friday has something from the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and today! (I hope you read that in the deepest, most resonate radio voice possible).

As always, if you have a drummer or a fill you'd like to see featured in these weekly puzzlers, let us know in the comments section or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners!

The Two-Way
10:20 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Book News: Daniel Handler Apologizes For Jokes At National Book Awards

Daniel Handler — aka Lemony Snicket — apologized Thursday for his "ill-conceived attempts at humor" during the National Book Awards ceremony Wednesday.
Robin Marchant Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 2:08 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

If this year's National Book Awards saw a fiery speech from Ursula K. Le Guin, the evening also featured incendiary comments of quite another kind. Ceremony host Daniel Handler — whom most readers might know better by his pen name, Lemony Snicket — made several racially charged jokes that drew a strong reaction Thursday.

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Arts & Culture
9:42 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Br(OK)en Genius Brings "Raw Truth" to WUWM

Christopher McIntyre Perceptions (C.M.P.) in the WUWM studio.
Credit Montreal Cain / CE MKE

We first met Christopher McIntyre Perceptions, or C.M.P., this summer, just ahead of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville week. At that point, the members of Br(OK)en Genius had already been crafting their performance for over six months. November has finally arrived, and today marks the debut of Br(OK)en Genius at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
9:35 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Islanders

Maggie MacInnes.
John Slavin Courtesy of the artist

From Shetland and Orkney to the Hebrides, the Isle of Man and Rathlin Island, this week's diverse choice of music is far from insular.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

World Cafe
9:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bobby Charles On World Cafe

Bobby Charles.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 11:21 am

As a teenager in Abbeville, La., Robert Charles Guidry — better known as Bobby Charles — wrote songs that would become classics for Bill Haley and Fats Domino: "See You Later, Alligator" and "Walking To New Orleans," respectively.

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World Cafe
9:07 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Sonny Landreth On World Cafe

Sonny Landreth.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 11:21 am

It's fitting that World Cafe ends its Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., with a performance from Sonny Landreth. The inventive and unpredictable slide-guitar player is a longtime Lafayette resident and a perfect ambassador for the city's music. Landreth's first sideman gig was with zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and several of his songs — like "Congo Square" — have become Louisiana standards.

Mountain Stage
8:59 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Kat Edmonson On Mountain Stage

Kat Edmonson.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Kat Edmonson makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Originally from Houston, Edmonson eventually relocated to Austin, where her jazz-inspired singing soon made her a local favorite. She released her debut album, Take To The Sky, in 2009; that led to a gig singing alongside fellow Texan Willie Nelson and occasionally recording with Lyle Lovett.

Edmonson's fun, timeless new album is titled The Big Picture.

SET LIST

  • "Rainy Day Woman"
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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

"What I'm saying is that culturally we need a much better balance. We need more of a yin and yang between [introverts and extroverts]." - Susan Cain
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet.

About Susan Cain's TED Talk

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

About Susan Cain

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How Does Singing Help Achieve Stillness?

"Singing for me is sweet relief. It is the only time when I feel fluent." - Megan Washington
Jean-Jacques Halans TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About Megan Washington's TED Talk

Megan Washington is one of Australia's most popular singer-songwriters, and since childhood she has had a stutter. She discusses how she finds quiet and serenity in singing.

About Megan Washington

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TED Radio Hour
8:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

"In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still." -Pico Iyer
Ryan Lash TED

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet

About Pico Iyer's TED Talk

Iyer's talk will be released on November 27th. In the mean time, here's a previous talk from him you may enjoy.

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work. But we bring so much more to our experiences, and relationships when we make time to think.

About Pico Iyer

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