Translation, Diapers, Design High
Saturday, June 23, 2001
We visit a charter high school in Philadelphia devoted to teaching teenagers how to design everything from skyscrapers to sneakers, and we celebrate the centennial of the birth of the innovative and iconoclastic composer Harry Partch. Kurt Andersen talks about the art of translation in literature, film, and music with Gregory Rabassa, the foremost translator of Latin American contemporary literature. They'll look at stories featuring screenwriter Stephen Schiff discussing the challenges of adapting books to movies, poet Kathryn Hellerstein describing the pleasures of translating the Yiddish poet Kadya Molodovsky's work, and musicians talking about the cross-cultural phenomenon of Chinese hip-hop.