Episode #1203

Shara Worden & On the Road

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Shara Worden (Julien Bourgeois)

The co-founder of the Belarus Free Theatre, Natalia Kaliada, tells Kurt about her run-in with the KGB of Belarus, and her new status as an exile. Shara Worden – part of a new generation of musicians who isn't afraid to mix classical composition with indie rock sounds – performs live in our studio. And we’ll hear about a redesign of the nation’s interstate highway signs.

Shara Worden

There’s a generation of younger musicians who grew up with rock, pop, and punk, but studied classical composition and love the diversity of sounds it offers. Kurt talks with one of this new movement's brightest upcoming stars, Shara Worden, about her influences, her training as an opera singer, and how she bridges the musical gaps between pop songs and chamber music.

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Belarus Free Theatre

Belarus, Europe’s last totalitarian regime, has been in the news since December’s controversial presidential election. In the protests that followed, members of the Belarus Free Theatre were detained by the Belarusian KGB. With their lives threatened, the company escaped, and recently presented a show in New York called “Being Harold Pinter.” BFT co-founder Natalia Kaliada tells Kurt what it was like to be imprisoned in Minsk, and about her new status as an exile.

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On the Road

Jack Kerouac's classic Beat Generation novel is over 60 years old, but does it still speak to young readers? We asked Hillary Frank and Jonathan Menjivar, two newly married radio producers, to explore just that. But Hillary hated the book, and suddenly they had an issue on their hands.

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Erik Friedlander

In the 1960s and 70s, Lee Friedlander took his family on long road trips across America. The pictures Lee took during these trips established him as one of America’s most celebrated photographers. His son Erik is now an innovative cellist and composer, and his solo record Block Ice and Propane recalls those family trips long ago.

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Design for the Real World: Interstate Signs

Road signs on interstate highways have been standardized since the Eisenhower era. But the typeface is badly out of date, and it looks fuzzy in all sorts of road conditions. Graphic designer Don Meeker explains how he helped bring highway signage back into focus with a typeface called Clearview. Produced by Studio 360’s Derek John.

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