Around the Nation


Here are some of the latest and greatest culture stories from public broadcasters around the nation.


0203_egyptpoet.jpg– Last week, Tamim Al-Barghouti, a Palestinian writer born in Cairo, wrote a poem that has been embraced by the revolutionary movement. Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen talks to Al-Barghouti about how his poem has inspired protesters.
Studio 360

Read an interview with Alan Riding, author of And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris, a recent book about the role of the artist in politics and society during times of turmoil.
[Need to Know]

– A new application for iPhones and iPads called Storyville sends subscribers one new or classic short story by America’s best contemporary authors every week. The man behind the app is Paul Vidich, a former AOL and Time Warner executive who wanted to bring short stories back to the masses. Thirteen’s Bookish site talks to Vidich about his hopes for reviving the form as part of pop culture.

– Watch a story about a choreographer in Evanston, Ill., who adapted C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” for high school-aged dancers.

– The new MTV series Skins has been called “the most dangerous television show for children,” by the Parents Television Council. Listen to a discussion with Bob Thompson, founding director of Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University about the show.
[Here & Now]

Watch a video about Oregon installation artist Brenda Mallory, who finds inspiration in organic shapes and hidden objects.

– Minnesota composer Adam Wernick talks about preparing the score for the Guthrie Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Winters Tale”.

– Starting with Frank Gehry’s latest feat, Indiana Public Media has compiled a rundown of some of the most incredible concert halls built so far in the 21st century.
[Indiana Public Media]

Here’s some easy listening. Watch some in-studio performances from around the nation

– Charlie Parr plays slide guitar for TPT MN Original:

– Lissie plays for KXPN and talks about writing love songs:

– Aurelio performs the traditional Honduran music known as Garifuna for KEXP: