Episode #1225

Gospel Crossover & Novelist Téa Obreht

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Novelist Téa Obreht mined the superstitions of the former Yugoslavia, where she was born, for her debut novel The Tiger's Wife. Novelist Téa Obreht mined the superstitions of the former Yugoslavia, where she was born, for her debut novel The Tiger's Wife. (Courtesy of Random House)

The young novelist Téa Obreht, born in the former Yugoslavia, tells Kurt Andersen how the superstitions of that land influenced her celebrated debut novel The Tiger’s Wife. Gospel singer Kim Burrell is a star, but her new record embracing love songs has upset traditionalists in the church; the legendary Shirley Caesar explains why crossover threatens gospel music. And the hottest new digital product is an 89-year-old poem: we’ll see how the iPad application for T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land might change the way we read.

The Waste Land 2.0

April may be the cruelest month, but June has been good for T.S. Eliot’s landmark poem, The Waste Land. Eighty-nine years after it was published, the poem became a runaway hit in the form of a new iPad application that’s selling like gangbusters...

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Kim Burrell's New Gospel of Love

Kim Burrell’s gospel runs deep. Her father was a pastor, her mother an evangelist, and Burrell grew up singing in the Church of God in Christ. She’s one of the most influential younger singers in gospel, but her turn toward love songs has caused an uproar ...

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Any Last Words?

Last week novelist Timothy Schaffert spoke with Kurt Andersen about his new novel, The Coffins of Little Hope. The narrator is the 83-year old obituary writer of a small-town newspaper in Nebraska. As Schaffert said, the obituaries page in a small...

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Novelist Téa Obreht

Téa Obreht is 25 years old, and she’s already received a career’s worth of plaudits for her first novel, The Tiger’s Wife. The novel gained attention for the deftness with which it shifts between realism and fable, and for its sense of deep wisdom about ...

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Aha Moment: Rudresh Mahanthappa Finds His Roots

When jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa was still a student at Berklee College of Music, his older brother gave him an album called Saxophone Indian Style — as a joke. Mahanthappa had been suspicious of American jazz’s sampling of Indian...

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Design For the Real World: Pop-Tab

In 1960, zip tops made opening aluminum cans more convenient — and dangerous. Those razor-sharp metal tags you ripped off and threw away were a hazard for the thirsty. That all changed in 1972, when a young engineer named Daniel Cudzik...

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Studio 360 Redesign: Gay Flag

All this month the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, Virginia, will honor Gay Pride Month by flying the rainbow on its flagpole just below Old Glory. And, not surprisingly, they’ve received a lot of angry responses. The rainbow flag has been a symbol of...

Slideshow: Worldstudio redesigns the gay flag

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Thanks, Kenneth! We spent a lot of time on its design and use, so I'm glad you like it!

Jul. 01 2011 12:19 PM
Kenneth Olsen

Great site

Jul. 01 2011 11:22 AM

Hi Abbie,

The song you're searching for is Convergence (Kinsmen) by Rudresh Mahanthappa, from his 2008 album "Kinsmen." And you're inability to find it is no reflection on your navigation skills. We're still tweaking the new website, and while we're hoping to have the architecture to provide scoring information soon, we're not quite there yet.

Thanks for listening!

Jun. 27 2011 10:21 AM
Abbie from Silver Spring, MD

I was listening today, and after the piece about Indian music--at about 44 minutes past the hour--you played some music I'd like identified. Sounded like Bulgarian jazz... Also, I'm sure I could find this answer on your page, but my navigation skills are off. Thanks

Jun. 25 2011 08:03 PM

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