Around the Nation

BY Molly Finnegan and Tom LeGro  May 18, 2011 at 1:25 PM EDT

Here are a few arts and culture stories from public broadcasting stations around the nation.

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- Cartoonist Roz Chast animates her version of the cautionary fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” (Her moral: it’s OK to be neurotic about planning ahead, but avoid schadenfreude and moral superiority.) [via Need To Know]

- With the Getty’s return of its prized marble Aphrodite statue to a museum in Sicily on Tuesday, Morning Edition talked to the authors of a new book, “Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum,” that details the museum’s involvement in purchasing looted artifacts and art. [via NPR]

- Illegal antiquities trafficking in Pakistan and Afghanistan may be helping to fund the Taliban. Here and Now talks to journalist Shahan Mufti. [via WBUR]

- Tuesday was tryout day for New York musicians hoping to get city permits as official subway buskers. WNYC talked to a couple of auditioning artists, as well as one of the judges. [via WNYC]

- Tavis Smiley hearts Betty White, who has written a new memoir. [via WNET]

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- Mark Weinstein, former head of the Washington National Opera, talks to Art & Seek about his new role as head of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. [via KERA]

- A Mexican pointy boots fashion fad leaves CultureLust speechless. [via KPBS]

- A good arts story, told in two minutes or less, and shot on an iPhone. Minnesota Public Radio calls the new series “Small Tales.” [via MPR]