Episode #934

Porochista, MacDowell, Blind Boys

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Studio 360 Episode 934, Porochista, MacDowell, Blind Boys, paper bag (maxually/flickr)

The ultimate summer camp for artists. For a century New Hampshire’s MacDowell Colony has given artists studio space in the woods, no interruptions, and a picnic basket delivered to the cabin door. We’ll hear from MacDowell alums Mike Daisey, a monologist, and Tara Geer, a visual artist. The writer Henry Alford gets inspired to start his own artist colony, and delivers lunch by subway to a hand-picked group of artists. Plus, novelist Porochista Khakpour and an in-studio performance from gospel legends, The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Porochista Khakpour

She was three years old in 1980, when her family fled post-revolutionary Iran. Porochista Khakpour is 30 now, and her memories are woven into her lyrical, witty debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects just out in paperback. Kurt talks with her about the book's ...


Daisey Does MacDowell

Just over a century ago in New Hampshire, Edward and Marian MacDowell opened the doors of America’s first official artists colony. Aaron Copland wrote "Billy the Kid" there. Willa Cather worked on Death Comes for the Archbishop. And Mike Daisey went to work on a monologue. He spent ...

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Drawing and Doubting

A spell at the MacDowell Colony is one of the best perks an artist can get. Tara Geer, a visual artist, went twice to work on her drawings. She also interviewed a MacDowell legend, lunch delivery man Blake Tewksbury. But the whole time, she ...


MacAlford Colony

Henry Alford is a writer who has never been to MacDowell. And he doesn’t really want to. No, what Henry wants to do is run the place. We give him a chance to try out for the job. Produced by Owen Agnew.


Blind Boys of Alabama

They got their start at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. Sixty-nine years later, the band remains a gospel music institution. For their latest album, Down in New Orleans, the Blind Boys went to Louisiana for a new take on some classic ...


Bonus Track: "You've Got to Move"

The Blind Boys of Alabama perform the song live in Studio 360.


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