Episode #1330

Hilary Hahn Improvs & Kids Blog

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Hauschka and Hilary Hahn Hauschka and Hilary Hahn (© Mareike Foecking/Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon)

The violinist Hilary Hahn ditches the classical repertoire and goes full improv. She performs live in the studio with the pianist Hauschka. Kurt Andersen talks with the writer Adam Gopnik about how Hollywood-style violence might have played into the massacre in a Colorado movie theater. And Karen Thompson Walker imagines time slowing down in her debut novel The Age of Miracles.

Hollywood Violence Gets Real in Colorado Shooting

Adam Gopnik has written frequently — too frequently, he laments — about the gun rampages that convulse America. “The killings will go on; the cell phones in the pockets of dead children will continue to ring; and now parents can be a little frightened every time their kids go ...

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Karen Thompson Walker: The Age of Miracles

A radical slowing of the earth is the premise for Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel The Age of Miracles. In her story, the earth's spinning slows down by an hour — within a few months, a full rotation takes 40 hours. Scientists are stumped. The concepts of “day” and ...

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The Truth About Kids & Blogs

Planet Tad, a new kids’ book by Daily Show head writer Tim Carvell, is about a 12-year-old who starts a blog in hopes of attracting the attention of Natalie Portman. He struggles with standard preteen fare. But Henry Alford wanted to find out how well it stacked up to reality ...

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The Top 10 Songs We Never Want to Hear Again

A couple weeks ago, Kurt Andersen talked with the music critic Tim Page about great music that’s been overplayed to the point of inanity. Call it death by heavy rotation — and not even the Beatles are immune. We've assembled our own No PlayList, with suggestions from our listeners. ...

Studio 360's No PlayList

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Hilary Hahn and Hauschka Go Improv

Hilary Hahn is a heavy hitter in classical music, a violinist who debuted at 12 and recorded the Bach partitas at 18. In her ripe old 20s, she began stretching beyond classical music, playing alongside singer-songwriters. Her new project goes even further outside the box ...

Bonus Track: “Stillness,” live in Studio 360

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Tim from Shaker Heights Ohio

For most of my life I have had this little melody that occasionally went through my head. I had no idea what it was or where it was from. I always assumed it was something I'd heard as a kid, but through years of extensive music listening had never come across it as an adult. Until today. The song was "You're in Love Charlie Brown," used in this piece. I heard it in your piece, went to your site, and did a little more Googling. Presumably I had heard the Vince Guaraldi original on the Peanuts special of that name from 1968, rather than the David Benoit cover you used. Thanks for solving this tiny little mystery that I had wondered about for perhaps 44 years!

Jul. 29 2012 11:02 AM
Tony

What was that dubsteppy song played in transition between the piece on violence in film/media and the conversation with the author of Age of Miracles?

Jul. 28 2012 11:35 AM

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