Michael May appears in the following:
Friday, April 25, 2014
In the mid-2000s, Matisyahu perfected a chart-topping blend of reggae and Hasidic Judaism. His shows were packed with young Orthodox men as well as dreadlocked hippies. Matisyahu, formerly Matthew Miller, explains how he discovered the power of reggae as a high school dropout ...
Friday, April 18, 2014
The association of art with altered states of consciousness goes back a long way. Archeological evidence of fermented beverages and some of the oldest musical instruments were found at the same 9,000-year-old site in China. Do alcohol and marijuana improve creativity?
Friday, February 28, 2014
Pharrell, Kanye West, and Billy Joel have it. Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige say they do too. In recent years synesthesia — a condition that causes the senses to blend together — has become a high-prestige neurological namedrop for creative people. First recognized by scientists ...
Friday, March 08, 2013
What radiation was to the 1950s — a real but poorly understood menace that served as an all-purpose plot device — viruses have become for our era. Viruses explain vampires in Blade, and zombies in I Am Legend and 28 Days Later. But viruses aren’t quarantined to genre flicks ...
Friday, May 25, 2012
A generation ago, the singer-songwriter Dave Alvin founded the rootsy-rock band The Blasters with his brother Phil in Los Angeles — and they made an indelible mark on the early 1980’s punk scene. But the life of a working musician, often playing to very small crowds, was trying ...
Friday, November 12, 2010
The Israeli writer Gadi Taub is doing his best to bring the spirit of James Ellroy to the Middle East. Taub's edgy crime novel, Allenby Street, is set in a seedy Tel Aviv nightclub, and it shocked and disturbed Israeli readers when it came out last year. Produced ...
Friday, March 19, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Friday, April 17, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
You know them for their catchy futuristic-disco song "Whip It" and their iconic flowerpot-like head gear, but Devo has surprisingly serious origins. After witnessing the killings at Kent State, the band came together to address the heavy issues of the day in their music when no other bands ...
Friday, October 17, 2008
Reggae music often draws on Old Testament mythology about the exodus and the promised land, but in America its fans are usually pretty secular. A singer named Matisyahu is changing that. He's a Hasidic Jew, and his shows are packed with young Orthodox men as well as dreadlocked ...
Friday, July 04, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Synesthesia causes people to hear music -– or see letters or numbers -– in color. Neuroscience is beginning to unravel what’s going on in the brains of people with this cerebral phenomenon, but hasn’t yet explained why the genetic mutation exists. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center ...
Friday, December 28, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Friday, September 29, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
The members of Refugee All Stars met in a refugee camp in Guinea, near their native Sierra Leone, a country shattered by civil war. KUT's Michael May met up with the band during their visit to South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Lisa Fittipaldi was an accountant before she went blind in the early 90s. After she lost her sight, she also lost her job and became depressed. In an act of desperation, her husband bought her a paint set. Fittipaldi began painting, working out the shapes through touch and ...
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Legendary singer-songwriter Willie Nelson told Michael May that when he was a child, he heard a heavenly tune that got under his skin forever.