Episode #102

Recreations, Gopnik, Civil War

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Saturday, November 11, 2000

Host Kurt Andersen and special guest New Yorker critic Adam Gopnik discuss why artists, musicians and people from all walks of life choose to recreate artifacts from the past - on canvas, in the concert hall and on the battlefield. Cellist Yo Yo Ma talks about baroque music on original instruments and New Urbanist architect Andres Duany describes creating new towns from the layout of old cities.

Guests:

Adam Gopnik

Commentary: War Memorials

Veterans Day, November 11th, prompts Kurt’s commentary on America’s war memorials. 

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Mentors

Storyteller and musician David Gonzalez pays tribute to arts educator, philosopher, and octogenarian Maxine Greene, author of Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts and Social Change.

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Design for the Real World: Post-It Note

Paola Antonelli, Design Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, deconstructs the Post-it note.

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Special Guest: Adam Gopnik

Kurt introduces special guest New Yorker critic and author Adam Gopnik.

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In Search of Authenticity

Producer Sara Fishko travels from Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum to Sesame Street, stopping along the way to talk with a pianist who recreates Gershwin's performances, and an artist who paints his own version of Chagalls and Rembrandts.

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New Urbanism

Kurt talks with architect and urban planner Andres Duany, one of the founders of New Urbanism, about creating new towns from old plans.

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Yo-Yo Ma's Baroque Cello

John Schaefer talks with Yo-Yo Ma about performing Bach on a baroque cello.

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Civil War Re-enactors

Novelist Tom Dyja visits a Civil War re-enactment.

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Sound Portrait: Guy Rabut

Master craftsman Guy Rabut uses centuries old tools to create modern musical instruments.

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