Episode #214

Preservation, Stop Sign, Sacred Harp

Originally aired: February 3, 2001

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Saturday, April 07, 2001

We find out how a painter scooped a scientist in a major discovery about perception, and figure out why a stop sign has eight sides. And Kurt Andersen talks with radio producer David Isay about the art of preservation, with stories about rescuing sacred music and restoring modern sculpture made out of some unusual materials: chocolate and lard.

Guests:

David Isay

Commentary: Multi-Talented Artists

Kurt Andersen considers the talents of boundary-crossing artists.

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Design for the Real World: Stop Sign

Graphic Designer Steven Heller gives insight on the street sign no one can ignore. (Originally aired: February 3, 2001)

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How Art Works: Painting & Neurology

For Denis Pelli, a professor of psychology & neural science at NYU, the grid paintings by Chuck Close were a revelation. The painter was an unwittingly collaborator with Pelli on a significant neurological discovery.

(Originally aired: February 3, 2001)

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David Isay on the Art of Preservation

Kurt Andersen and the MacArthur Genius-recipient and award-winning radio producer David Isay talk about the art of preservation.

Isay spent much of his time in radio producing stories about preserving memory, physical space, or artistic endeavors. He is the founder of Sound Portraits Productions, and his documentaries heard on public radio include Ghetto ...

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Disappearing Drafts

With the ease of editing on computers, many authors no longer scrawl changes in the margins of their manuscripts, and historians may have lost a significant step to understanding writers' creative processes.

(Originally aired: February 3, 2001)

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Sacred Harp

Sacred Harp is a singular American music that started in Puritan New England, moved to the Deep South, and gradually died out. Correspondent Elizabeth Yates McNamee explores the unearthly allure of a contemporary Sacred Harp resurgence.

(Originally aired: February 3, 2001)

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Conserving the Contemporary

The unusual materials used by some contemporary artists pose great challenges to the museum conservators who try to preserve their pieces.

(Originally aired: February 3, 2001)

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Sound Portrait: Archivist

Studio 360's own archivist and master conservator and preserver of sound, Andy Lanset, demonstrates how to clean 60 years of dust off of some radio treasures.

(Originally aired: February 3, 2001)

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