Episode #1052

Sherlock, Jones, Patti Smith

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1052, Sherlock, Jones, Patti Smith ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as Sherlock Holmes in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' action-adventure mystery "Sherlock Holmes," distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. (TM & © 2009 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.)

The game's afoot -- from Baker Street to Minnesota to Kathmandu. We'll follow the clues to decipher how Sherlock Holmes has stayed fresh for more than a century. We'll meet "Sherlock Holmes in sneakers" -- 5th grade detective "Encyclopedia Brown" -- and also the creator of hit TV show "House," whose powers (and weaknesses) are modeled on Holmes'. Plus, a conversation with rock and roll poet Patti Smith, who is the subject of a new documentary airing on PBS.

Sherlock Holmes as Hamlet

Robert Downey Jr., who stars in the new movie "Sherlock Holmes," is the latest actor to take on this iconic role. Guy Ritchie, the film's director, says Holmes' persona is an even divide between enigma and accessibility. WNYC's Sarah Montague traces the character's evolution and ...


Sherlock's Archive

Where would you expect to find the world's largest Sherlock Holmes archive? Try nine stories below Minneapolis, in the rare book collection at the University of Minnesota. Sarah Lemanczyk descends for a visit.


Elementary, Dr. House

For six seasons, "House, M.D." has been diagnosing patients with the same reason, deduction, and flair that Holmes relied upon to solve crimes. And that's no accident. The show's creator David Shore tells Kurt that his series was originally conceived as a police procedural in a ...


Sherlock in the Orient

Ted Riccardi, a retired professor of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages, wrote his own Holmes adventures, set in Tibet, Nepal, India, and Indonesia. His book is The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. Produced by Studio 360's Michele Siegel.


Encyclopedia Brown

Forty-eight years ago, Donald J. Sobol put sneakers on Sherlock Holmes and set him in small-town America. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.


Patti Smith

The "godmother of punk" started out in 1970s New York. But in "Dream of Life," a new POV documentary airing on PBS, Patti Smith shows sides of herself that the public rarely gets to see. Smith tells Kurt that it's also an account of ...

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More with Patti Smith

Our extended cut of Kurt's conversation with Patti Smith, including three things you didn’t know about the rock legend: 1) mother turned her on to poetry; 2) writes detective stories; 3) enthusiastic golfer.


He Stopped Loving Her Today

Every year the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress chooses 25 recordings to be preserved for all time. One of this year's selections is a song so sad that George Jones was initially reluctant to record it. Yet it became one of the most ...


Bonus Track: Rumble

Another pick was a guitar instrumental that altered the course of rock music. The story of Link Wray and "Rumble," from 1958, is told by guitarist Steven Van Zandt, bassist James Hutchinson, and writer Brian Wright-McLeod.

The Sounds of American Culture, ...


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