Episode #830

Castles, Mermaids, Giants

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Studio 360 Episode 830, Castles, Mermaids, Giants They Might Be Giants (C. Taylor Crothers)

Life’s a beach. Kurt Andersen hits Coney Island with musical guests They Might Be Giants. The band performs songs written specially for the seashore. Plus, a “sand sculptor” who takes castle construction very seriously.

Design for the Real World: Parachute Drop

Graphic designer Steven Heller tells the story of a seaside landmark known as the "Eiffel Tower of Coney Island."

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They Might Be Giants

Kurt spends the day at Coney Island with John Linnell and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants. The band got its start in 1982 singing for food in Central Park. Today they have sold more than 3 million ...

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"Idlewild"

Written and performed by They Might Be Giants.

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Sandcastles

Sand sculptor Kirk Rademaker makes architecture out of sand -- fantastical structures as high as ten feet, with arches and balconies, and sloping curves that stretch all over the beach. He showed off his skills at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Produced by Jonathan ...

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"Metal Detector"

Written and performed by They Might Be Giants.

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Mermaids

Surrealist painter Paul Delvaux painted his own beach fantasy in 1942 -- “The Village of the Mermaids.” The foreground tells one story, and in the distance there’s a surprise. Judith Kampfner went into the vaults of the Art Institute of Chicago to see Delvaux’s painting with curator ...

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"Caroline, No"

Written by Brian Wilson, performed by They Might Be Giants.

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Capiz

In the Philippines, seashells are more than souvenirs -– they’re an art form. Jocelyn Gonzales explains the history and craft of capiz, a traditional method of transforming clamshells into something much more.

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"Boat of Car"

Written and performed by They Might Be Giants.

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: "No Plan B"

Written and performed by They Might Be Giants.

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