Episode #1524

Neil Gaiman & Hurray for the Riff Raff

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman (Jon Cartwright/flickr)

Neil Gaiman has written dozens of books, comics, TV shows, movies — and now he’s playing Carnegie Hall with a live band. His only complaint: He’s too busy! The band Hurray for the Riff Raff returns folk music to its punk rock roots. And in light of the Slender Man killing, we’ll consider whether the internet is making it harder to distinguish fiction from reality.

In Slender Man, We’ve Created a Monster

Legions of horror fans collaboratively invented the mythology of a fictional character named Slender Man, a monster tailored to the internet age. Then two 12-year-olds, inspired by the stories, allegedly tried to kill their friend. How did the monster become real?

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The Yellow Dog Blues Get Looped

W.C. Handy published “Yellow Dog Blues,” one of the first blues tunes ever recorded, 100 years ago. We asked you to send in your cover versions, and the results have been delightful and surprising — like this inventive looped violin version from musician Ari Swan.

Enter the 1914 Blues Challenge


Neil Gaiman Wants to Be Bored

Neil Gaiman writes critically acclaimed bestsellers faster than some people change socks, is married to an indie rock goddess, and has a fantastic head of hair at 53. Is there anything wrong with his life that would help console the rest of us?

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's full conversation with Neil Gaiman

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Hollywood Know-How Makes Good Medicine

A Louisiana physician (and amateur filmmaker) teamed up with a cinematographer to invent a system that they say improves the quality and reliability of photos used in medical records — using some basic Hollywood technology.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Feminist Folk

Alynda Lee Segarra and her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, bring a punky, feminist attitude to the traditional world of folk music. She’s got her sights set on that staple of old-time music, the murder ballad: she wants to give a voice to all those drowned lovers.

Video: "Blue Ridge Mountain" live in Studio 360

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