Episode #519

Graffiti, Pavement, Panhandling

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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Kurt Andersen and photographer Joel Meyerowitz talk about the seductive energy of the street. Bronx graffiti artists teach their kids about an artistic sensibility only found in the streets. An artist faces some interesting challenges when she panhandles on the sidewalk for slavery reparations. And movies like Rocky and Run Lola Run capture the visual and emotional power of the street.


Joel Meyerowitz

Special Guest: Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz has been a photographer for over 40 years. His book Cape Light (1979) — still in print after 25 years — is considered a classic in color photography. Meyerowitz’s images of the destruction and recovery at Ground Zero immediately after the September 11th 2001 attacks are ...


TAT's Cru

Back in the early 1980s, Wilfredo Feliciano and Sotero Ortiz became two of the best graffiti artists in the Bronx, illegally painting countless city walls and subway cars. The two are still at it today, but they’ve gone legit, and they’re teaching their kids about an energetic artistic sensibility born ...


Cinematic Street

From Rocky to The 'Burbs, there are all kinds of ways the street gets featured on film. Sarah Lilley explores how the street on the screen becomes, for the viewer, much more than a just scenic backdrop.



The streets of southwest Chicago, with smokestacks and factories looming in the background, provide the setting for Stuart Dybek's writing. Dybek grew up in the neighborhoods known as "Little Village" and Pilsen. He’s working on a new book of poems called Streets in Their Own Ink. Dybek reads a poem ...


Panhandling for Reparations

Conceptual artist damali ayo has an ongoing performance called "living flag" that she’s taking to busy street corners all over the country. For the performance, she collects reparations for the enslavement of African Americans by sitting on the street as a panhandler. There, on the sidewalk, ayo accepts ...


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