Episode #1205

Poetic Dissent & "Winter's Bone"

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Friday, February 04, 2011

Egypt Security Trucks Tout (Credit: Flickr user monasosh)

An Egyptian poet tells Kurt about the precarious position of artists in his embattled country. Debra Granik, director of the Oscar-nominated "Winter's Bone," discusses setting a film in the impoverished Ozark Mountains. And we begin a journey across America, following in John Steinbeck's footsteps.

Tamim al-Barghouti: Poet of the Revolution

The ongoing protests in Egypt are sparking more then just political and social unrest; the events in Tahrir Square are also inspiring new cultural creations. Egyptian poet and Georgetown University Visiting Professor Tamim al-Barghouti wrote a poem about the protests – roughly translated “Oh Egypt, It’s Close."

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Debra Granik: “Winter’s Bone”

Even among this year’s Best Picture nominees for the Academy Award, there is nothing quite like "Winter's Bone" – a “rural noir” about a teenager making her way perilously through a community ravaged by the meth trade. Kurt talks with director Debra Granik about the film.

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Poet Kevin Young

Poet Kevin Young usually tackles themes we can all relate to - family drama, losing a friend, food. He shifts course with his new book, a historical epic poem about the Amistad slave rebellion.

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Travels With Charley: Sag Harbor

In the fall of 1960, the writer John Steinbeck climbed into a camper truck and set out to explore America. Now producer John Biewen is following in his footsteps, revisiting some key stops on Steinbeck’s route to look at how America has changed. This week: Sag Harbor.

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Spark: Kurt & Julie Talk Materials

We're celebrating 360's first decade on the air with the publication of the book Spark: How Creativity Works, by long-time Studio 360 executive producer Julie Burstein. This week, Julie and Kurt talk about falling in love with the stuff you work with. Featuring stories from Elizabeth Streb, Stanley Kunitz and Ben Burtt.

(To hear our original full-length interviews with those artists go here.)

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Treena from west of Cleveland....

Aaaaagh, you guys!
The new website is very 'jazzy,' but it's giving me visual halos....the old one was SO much more soothing.
Plus, I notice when you're listening and try to stop it to back up and re-listen to something, you can't do it! Crap!
Please, can your fix this? Especially the ability to go back and re-listen?
Thanks!

Feb. 06 2011 10:56 AM

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