Episode #1505

Wes Craven & Black Panther Funk

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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Lumpen, 1970. Left to right: James Mott, Bill Calhoun, Michael Torrance, and Clark Bailey. The Lumpen, 1970. Left to right: James Mott, Bill Calhoun, Michael Torrance, and Clark Bailey. (Ducho Dennis, courtesy of It's About Time Archives)

This week in Studio 360, using music to change the world. Pete Seeger, who died this week at age 94, told Kurt Andersen a few years ago about his most important work: singing at college campuses for bus fare. And when the Black Panthers wanted to spread their message, they formed an R&B band, complete with jumpsuits. With Koyaanisqatsi, 30 years ago, Godfrey Reggio hoped to change the world; he’s still trying in a profound new film, Visitors. Plus, tired of Wes Craven’s movies scaring the bejeezus out of you? Here’s your chance to get back at him, with our Scary Short Film Fest.

A Final Visit with Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger was a giant, and barely a singer-songwriter has touched a guitar who doesn't owe him a musical debt. He died this week, at age 94. In 2010, Kurt Andersen went to Seeger's home — a house he built himself on the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. They talked about "This Land Is Your Land" ...

Video: Pete Seeger at Home

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Studio 360’s Scary Short Film Fest

Master of suspense Wes Craven has been orchestrating horror for more than four decades. It began with The Last House on the Left (1972), continued with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and went mainstream with the Scream series (beginning in 1996). Now, you have an opportunity to get a little payback ...

Enter the challenge

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Black Panther Party Funk

The heyday of soul and classic R&B is full of socially conscious empowerment anthems: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” “People Get Ready,” “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.” But the stars didn’t get involved in radical politics. So when Emory Douglas, the Black Panther Party’s Minister of Culture, heard Bill Calhoun ...

Bonus Track: The Lumpen, “Free Bobby Now”

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Beyond Koyaanisqatsi: A New Film from Godfrey Reggio

Godfrey Reggio’s films “are like a cat that barks. They’re unusual, the names of the films are off the wall,” he tells Kurt Andersen. Most people know Reggio for the 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi, a word from the Hopi language meaning “life out of balance,” and its two sequels. Reggio’s new film Visitors is in black-and-white ...

Video: Trailer, Visitors

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Aha Moment: Shirley Valentine’s Liberating Fling

Sarah Longley moved to the US from Britain as a young teenager and met her husband at age 23. Soon after they married, she realized the relationship was not going to work, but was reluctant to end it. “I don’t think either of us married for the right reasons but we both tried to stick it through,” she remembers ...

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