Episode #1445

Soldier Stories & Nico Muhly

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Friday, November 08, 2013

H. Jefferson, length of service unknown, from Suzanne Opton's Soldier series H. Jefferson, length of service unknown, from Suzanne Opton's Soldier series (Suzanne Opton)

This week, the wunderkind composer Nico Muhly grows up — he tells Kurt Andersen why he chose a crime ripped from the headlines as the story for his new opera. Suzanne Opton captures soldiers at rest between tours in a series of haunting portraits. Plus, a critic assesses Banksy's month-long art spree in New York City, and designer to the stars Mario Buatta talks high design on the cheap.

Banksy Takes New York

The British street artist Banksy has been stenciling and installing subversive street art for two decades, but to much greater effect than any of his contemporaries. After spray-painting a ladder onto Israel’s barrier with the West Bank, placing hooded Guantanamo Bay prisoners on a ride at Disneyland ...

Slideshow: Banksy’s New York Residency

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Remembering Vietnam at the Wall

Last month, as part of our American Icons series, we explored the history and enduring impact of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. After the broadcast, we heard from dozens of listeners — including many veterans their family members — about what the Wall means to them ...

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Suzanne Opton's Soldiers

A decade ago, at the start of the war in Iraq, photographer Suzanne Opton began making portraits of soldiers. Instead of a man in uniform, Opton’s portraits capture the soldier’s head in a tight close-up, lying sideways on a plain dark surface. They feature soldiers in between tours in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

Slideshow: Suzanne Opton’s Soldiers

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Nico Muhly's Internet Opera: Two Boys

The 32-year-old composer Nico Muhly is a Juilliard-trained wunderkind who worked for Philip Glass for nearly a decade. He’s got a solid portfolio full of unpredictable work — his long roster of collaborators and clients includes the Choir of Jesus College, choreographer Benjamin Millepied ...

Nico Muhly's 3 for 360

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Mario Buatta: Prince of Chintz

In the 1970s and 80s, Mario Buatta made a name for himself creating opulent, English country style interiors for the rich and famous. He’s designed for Jackie Onassis, Barbara Walters, and Henry Kissinger — he also created rooms in Blair House, the White House’s guest residence. ...

Slideshow: Mario Buatta’s Interiors

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So I Married a Rock Star

Katherine Goldstein met Travis Morrison while working at The Huffington Post in 2010. She was an editor and he was a web programmer. As the two got to know each other, it quickly became clear that mild-mannered Travis had an alternate lifestyle lurking in his not-so-distant past ...

Video: The Dismemberment Plan,"Ice Of Boston" live

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