Episode #1009

Carter, Actors' Home, K'naan

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1009, Carter, Actors' Home, K'naan Irish actress Adene O'Kelly talked with us in Englewood, New Jersey. (Pejk Malinovski)

Old is the new young. At a home for retired actors, residents keep up their talents. Composer Elliot Carter turns 100. And Kurt Andersen seeks wisdom from his very first boss, the film critic Gene Shalit. Plus, music and stories from songwriter Ruthie Foster and Somali-born rapper K'naan.

An Old Wise Man Once Said

Writer Henry Alford has a new book called How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth). We sent Alford to Washington Square Park to ask strangers to share their hopes and fears about growing old.

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Elliott Carter

Classical composer Elliott Carter turned 100 last December - and he's still writing music. When Kurt visited him at his home in the West Village, he found Carter to be plain-spoken, funny, and energetic. And he didn't look a day over 80.

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Waiting for Godot in New Jersey

The Lillian Booth Home in Englewood, New Jersey is a retirement home for former entertainers. Studio 360 met some residents that are not done performing. Produced by Pejk Malinovski with Lu Olkowski and Nick Heling.

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Duplex Planet

Thirty years ago in Boston, David Greenberger took a job at the Duplex nursing home. Out of his conversations with residents, Greenberger created poetry, prose, stage performances and music. Greenberger tells the story of how he found his own voice by listening to others. This story originally aired as ...

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Gene Shalit

Kurt phones the guy who gave him his first break as a writer nearly a third of a century ago – the film critic Gene Shalit.

Weigh in: What's the best piece of advice you've received from an elder?

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Ruthie Foster

Foster grew up listening to Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke, but made her name as a folk singer. She's turned back to soul and blues on her new album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster. Kurt talked with her in 2007. 

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Web Bonus: "Up Above My Head"

Ruthie Foster sings the song live in Studio 360.

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Aha Moment: K'naan

The current violence in Somalia is painfully familiar to K’naan, who grew up in Mogadishu in the 1980’s. He loved American hip-hop before he understood English. K’naan’s new record is called Troubador. Produced by Matthew Cavnar. (Originally aired: January 12, 2007)

Weigh in: Has a work ...

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