Episode #1149

A Free Man of Color

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Studio 360 Episode 1149, A Free Man of Color John Guare's "A Free Man of Color" (T. Charles Erickson)

Kurt Andersen talks with John Guare about his new Broadway play A Free Man of Color, an epic farce about the Louisiana Purchase. Child psychiatrist Robert Coles remembers meeting six year-old Ruby Bridges, the girl who integrated the New Orleans schools in 1960. And indie-rock kingpin Jack White pays tribute to Loretta Lynn and her signature song "Coal Miner's Daughter."

John Guare's A Free Man of Color

John Guare's new play A Free Man of Color is set in New Orleans on the eve of the Louisiana Purchase. In the play, a wealthy freed slave is the toast of the town, enjoying life to the fullest — until history turns against him. Guare ...

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The reeducation of a New Orleans libertine: in this scene from the play, Dr. Toubib (Joseph Marcell) and Murmur (Mos) explain the societal repercussions of excessive foppery to Jacque Cornet (Jeffrey Wright).

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Coal Miner's Daughter

Every year the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress selects 25 recordings to be preserved for all time. One song chosen this year is Loretta Lynn’s 1970 hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” which tells the story of growing up poor in ...

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Design for the Real World: Neon

Neon signage has been around for exactly a century, but today the glowing lights face competition from cheaper LED technology. Physics professor Eric Schiff and Jeff Friedman, of New York's Let There Be Neon studio, explain what's behind neon's everlasting glow. Produced by Jordan Sayle.

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Movie Marketing Goes Awry

The biggest release of this holiday movie season is in trouble: nobody remembered to shoot it. A satire by Scott Blaszak, performed by James Babson and Jake Newton.

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Simone Dinnerstein

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein tells Kurt about breaking into the classical musical world, topping the classical charts, and what it takes to make an iconic piece of music her own. She plays a selection from Bach's “Goldberg Variations” in studio. Dinnerstein’s next album, out in January, ...

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Bonus Track: "Eine Kleine Mitternacht Musik"

Simone Dinnerstein performs the piece by George Crumb live in Studio 360.

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Learning From Ruby Bridges

In 1960, a 6 year-old black girl walked through the doors of an all-white school in New Orleans. Ruby Bridges was greeted by stares, jeers, and threats of violence. 50 years later her display of courage fascinates child psychiatrist Robert Coles, who tells Bridges’ ...

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