Episode #1011

BLK JKS, Mel Chin, Mamak

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1011, BLK JKS, Mel Chin, Mamak BLK JKS (Mikhael Subotzky)

South African art rock lands in the States, and we get our own live performance from BLK JKS. Kurt Andersen takes a walk through "Tehran-geles" - the Iranian neighborhood of Los Angeles - with singer Mamak Khadem. And how do you the raise $300 million needed to clean up the lead-poisoned soil of New Orleans? The artist Mel Chin decided to literally make it. It's not counterfeit - it's art.


American rock has been cribbing African sounds for years. Now a South African band is poised to make a big splash on our shores. BLK JKS, from Johannesburg, blends African sounds with MTV-inspired art rock. They just released their first album in the U.S., Mystery. Band ...

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Bonus Track: Banna Ba Modimo

BLK JKS plays the song live in Studio 360.


Mamak Khadem

Iranian-born singer Mamak Khadem moved to Los Angeles in 1977, two years before the Islamic revolution. Today the Persian community in Southern California numbers nearly 600,000 people. Mamak takes Kurt on a walk along Westwood Boulevard, the commercial heart of "Tehran-geles," to her favorite record store,

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Three Fundred Million Dollar Man

Conceptual artist Mel Chin has made a career turning toxic landfills and abandoned buildings into things of beauty. Lately he's been concerned with the poisonous levels of lead in the soil of New Orleans. Cleaning up a problem like this is a huge undertaking that requires an enormous ...

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Design for the Real World: Slots

You put your coins in, they disappear forever ... and somehow you don't mind. We sent Hammad Ahmed to Atlantic City to find out what makes a slot machine spin.

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Words from the Wise

We asked listeners to tell us about the best piece of wisdom you ever got from an older person, and we'll hear what some of them had to say.

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

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The Art of Aging

Betty Woodman reveals how she keeps coming up with new ideas after 50 years. And Taylor Mead, our candidate for oldest living beatnik, tells of his life as an "extremely semi-famous" artist. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.


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