Episode #1133

Pandora's Jukebox & Racy Operas

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Studio 360 Episode 1133, Pandora's Jukebox & Racy Operas Leon Botstein, a conductor who started the annual Bard Music Festival (Steve J. Sherman)

Kurt Andersen talks with the founder of Pandora, the internet jukebox that makes custom radio stations just for you. But can it make a station that plays both Ludacris and Yo-Yo Ma? The legacy of a little-known Hungarian émigré composer becomes a life-long obsession for one man. And when the flutist Tim Munro is on tour, his go-to road music is Handel.

Leon Botstein

Twenty years ago, Leon Botstein started the annual Bard Music Festival. This year the festival focuses on the Viennese modernist Alban Berg. Botstein pitches Berg's difficult, dissonant work to audiences who normally can't stand 20th-century music. He tells Kurt that music suffers ...

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Road Music: Tim Munro

Summer is touring season for musicians, and Studio 360 is asking what they like to listen to on the road. Tim Munro plays flute for the classical sextet Eighth Blackbird. When the chaos of constant travel starts to take its toll, he turns to


Turn On. Tune In. Drop Out.

"If I were at work right now, I'd be paid to have these thoughts." With that thought, Zack Booth Simpson dropped out of high school — then started reading biology textbooks and designing video games. Now he's at a university — not as a student, but as a ...

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Pandora’s Jukebox

Kurt takes a look inside Pandora — a music website that creates personalized streaming radio stations based on your favorite music — with founder Tim Westergren. And Los Angeles Times critic Ann Powers helps Kurt test the system's mettle, trying to build a station ...

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Phantom of the Opera

Gabriel von Wayditch wrote 14 operas, some telling R-rated stories and one that's the longest in history. But hardly anyone's ever heard of him. Music curator Frank Oteri discovered von Wayditch back in the 1980s and has since been on a lifelong struggle to bring his music to ...

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Design for the Real World: @

Earlier this year the Museum of Modern Art acquired the "@" symbol as part of its permanent collection. MoMA design curator, Paola Antonelli, tells the story of how it came to be so ubiquitous. Produced by Kim Gittleson.

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