Derek John

Derek John appears in the following:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Friday, August 26, 2011

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him.  Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.

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Public Art vs. the Public in Indianapolis

Friday, August 19, 2011

A work of public art is causing a stir in Indianapolis — and it hasn’t even gone up yet. The dispute involves a monument of a freed slave that was supposed to be placed in downtown ...

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Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Financial Story

Friday, August 12, 2011

The sickening ups and downs of the debt ceiling crisis are feeding worries that American politics and the economy are unraveling. For the novelist Gary Shteyngart, it all sounds very familiar: “I’ll turn on the news, I’ll vomit from nervousness and then I’ll wipe my chin and say ‘Oh, you know ...

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Wayne Coyne's Lips Are On Fire

Friday, July 29, 2011

Back in the 1980’s, the Flaming Lips were just an alternative rock band from Oklahoma. They toured for a decade before finally hitting it big in 1993 with their song "She Don't Use J...

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Rupert Murdoch: The Political Thriller

Friday, July 22, 2011

The News of the World phone hacking scandal is rocking the UK to its core and riveting Americans. It's a tale of vast illegal snooping, cover-ups, political liaisons, a mysterious death. The cliché is, ‘You can’t make this stuff up’ — but lots of ...


Swamp Dogg Rides Again

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

One of America's most original soul singers, the man who put the funk in R&B's trunk, is touring again. Swamp Dogg (no relation to Snoop) is playing just a few dates, including a free...
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Libya’s Soundtrack to the Revolution

Friday, July 01, 2011

The political and military chaos in Libya is about to enter its sixth month. As the rebels wage war against Muammar Gaddafi from their capital in Benghazi, and NATO air strikes contin...

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The Waste Land 2.0

Friday, June 24, 2011

April may be the cruelest month, but June has been good for T.S. Eliot’s landmark poem, The Waste Land. Eighty-nine years after it was published, the poem became a runaway hit in the ...

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Timothy Schaffert: Great Plains Gothic

Friday, June 17, 2011

Timothy Schaffert’s new book isn’t a typical mystery novel. It’s got an ominous crime set in a small town rife with intrigue, but the narrator isn’t a hardscrabble police detective...

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Apple’s Newest Update

Friday, June 17, 2011

Last week, Apple’s Steve Jobs made a design presentation — not to masses of swooning tech journalists, but to the Cupertino, California city council. What Jobs unveiled this time was Apple’s future corporate headquarters. The design, by celebrated architect Norman Foster, is shaped like a giant ...

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Ben Shapiro on Primetime Propaganda

Friday, June 10, 2011

Another season of primetime television just wrapped up and, as always, it was chock full of liberal programming designed to brainwash America. At least that’s according to Ben Shapi...

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Aha Moment: Gentleman’s Agreement

Friday, June 10, 2011

Listener Susan Evans grew up in rural Louisiana during the 1950s and 60s. Her first year of high school was also the first year of federally enforced integration in her town — and that did not sit well with her white parents. It wasn’t until years later that ...

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Osama bin Laden's Hollywood Ending

Friday, May 06, 2011

From the beginning it was like fiction.  The world’s most famous skyscrapers vaporized by two hijacked airliners.  The phrase you heard over and over again was: "it seemed just like a movie."  Yes, but the implausible opening sequence of a bad action movie — spectacular destruction orchestrated by a rich, ...

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Adventures in 3D Sound!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Edgar Chouieri knows how things work; he’s a rocket scientist — officially, the Director of Princeton University's Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory. If NASA ever sen...

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Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Friday, April 29, 2011

It may just be the best use of 3D technology yet: to bring moviegoers to a place they will never, ever, be able to visit. That's what director Werner Herzog does with Cave of Forgot...


Adventures in 3D Sound: Edgar Choueiri's Home Lab

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Edgar Chouieri is a longtime professor of applied physics and aerospace engineering — but since 2003 he has been moonlighting as an audio engineer, obsessed with 3D sound. And he's ha...
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War Between the Beards

Thursday, April 07, 2011

On this week's show marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, historian Adam Goodheart talks to Kurt Andersen about his new book 1861, which reveals how technological changes li...
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Remembering Manning Marable

Monday, April 04, 2011

A highly anticipated biography of Malcolm X was published today, with new research that will likely challenge many of our existing notions about the still-controversial black leader. ...
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Too Much Theater?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Are there too many little theater companies in America? Last month, that question was the shot heard round the theater world from National Endowment for the Arts Chair Rocco Landesman, a former Broadway producer. Landesman shocked the theater community by observing at a play development conference ...

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Japan: The Imagination of Disaster

Friday, March 18, 2011

Last week, Japanese-American historian Bill Tsutsui found himself in Tokyo in the middle of the earthquake: “We were outside this hotel and the earth started moving.  And all of a sudden people started running out.  First just a few, but then wave after wave.  And after it was ...

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