Episode #931

Cooder, China, Cheetah Legs

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Studio 360 Episode 931, Cooder, China, Cheetah Legs Ry Cooder (Shore Fire Media)

Kurt Andersen walks us through the astonishing architecture of the new Beijing. We’ll hear about the prosthetic limb that may change the future of track and field. Plus, music legend Ry Cooder on his new record I, Flathead – the third in his trilogy about modern California and its people.

Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder was a legendary guitarist long before his success producing Buena Vista Social Club. His new record I, Flathead is the third in his trilogy about Southern California. It tells the story of drag racers and engine tinkerers in the desert in ...

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Bonus Track: “Ridin With the Blues”

From Ry Cooder's new album, I, Flathead (Nonesuch).


Cheetah Legs

South African Oscar Pistorius runner failed to qualify for the Olympic games by just 7/10 of a second. Pretty good -– especially for a man without legs. But his state-of-the-art prosthetics, called "Cheetah legs," have caused controversy in the world of sports: for some, they raise questions ...

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Design for the Real World: Boxed Wine

If you're heading outside for a picnic this weekend, don't forget your box of wine. That's right, box. It may call to mind sorority parties and bad hangovers, but design curator Ellen Lupton thinks that boxed wine deserves a second look. Produced by Katie Rolnick.

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Kongfu Monk

The Buddhist monks of Shaolin Temple may perform at the Olympic opening ceremonies. But they face two deadly foes –- copyright infringement and tourists. Jocelyn Ford took a road trip to the temple with one monk, who turned out not to be quite what he seemed.

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Building the Chinese Century

The "Birds' Nest" Olympic stadium isn’t even the most incredible new structure in Beijing. Kurt was there recently, and reports on some of the amazing structures taking shape. From the look of things, the 21st century may belong to China.


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