Episode #1517

Lois Lowry’s Giver & Talib Kweli’s Conscious Rap

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Lois Lowry Lois Lowry (Matt McKee)

This week, Kurt talks with Lois Lowry, the author of the YA classic The Giver, which is being turned into a movie starring Jeff Bridges this summer. We also hear from rising-star theater director Alex Timbers about his collaboration with David Byrne: a totally unironic disco musical about Imelda Marcos. And Talib Kweli talks about making rap you can listen to while you pick the kids up from school.

(Segments in this week’s show were broadcast previously.)

Lois Lowry: The End of The Giver

Lois Lowry’s The Giver is one of the most celebrated children’s books of our era, and one of the most banned. In the Community, where everything seems just about perfect — no hunger, no inequality, no strife — a boy learns that the prized virtue of “Sameness” is achieved through ...

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Alex Timbers and Here Lies Love

The director Alex Timbers has carved out a unique niche as a director of historical musicals, including the critically acclaimed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Last year, Timbers directed Here Lies Love, written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. It tells the story of Imelda Marcos ...

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Aha Moment: Matisyahu

In the mid-2000s, Matisyahu perfected a chart-topping blend of reggae and Hasidic Judaism. His shows were packed with young Orthodox men as well as dreadlocked hippies. Matisyahu, formerly Matthew Miller, explains how he discovered the power of reggae as a high school dropout ...

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Talib Kweli's Rap With a Conscience

Talib Kweli made a name for himself in the late ‘90s as one half of the hip hop duo Black Star, with Mos Def. Since then, Kweli has carried on the tradition of socially conscious hip hop, addressing issues like police brutality and the overrepresentation of African Americans in prison ...

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reading10708

James had wonderful parents! It was his awful Aunts that were happily dispatched with early on.

Apr. 26 2014 04:25 PM

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