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Around the Nation

Here are some of this week’s arts and culture stories from public broadcasting stations around the nation:

– Paul Auster’s new book, “Sunset Park,” follows four broke, young New Yorkers during the winter of 2008. He talks with Kai Ryssdal of American Public Media’s Marketplace about whether the financial crisis has changed the way people relate to each other.

Read and excerpt of Auster’s book here and listen to the interview:

– The author of “All the Pretty Horses” and “No Country for Old Men” is one of America’s most reclusive writers. Now, people have a chance to learn more about him through his archives.

Texas State University is hosting its first public display of Cormac McCarthy’s papers at the Wittliff Collections. Mose Buchele of KUT (Austin) tours the exhibit with curator Steve Davis.

Milwaukee Public Television’s Arts Digest explores Danceworks’ Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program, which works with 45 public and private schools in Milwaukee:


WHYY’s On Canvas talks to jazz musician Vijay Iyer, whose album “Historicity” was named #1 jazz album of 2009 by the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the annual Village Voice jazz critics poll.

Iyer talks about his latest release, “Solo,” an album that features him solely on piano:

Watch the full episode. See more On Canvas.


– Because of a condition called synesthesia, when Russian composer Alexander Scriabin heard music he actually saw colors. Arts File on WQXR (New York) talks about seeing music with author and professor Daniel Levitin, who’s the author of “This is Your Brain on Music”:


– Jay Shefsky of WTTW (Chicago) talks to photographer Alyssa Miserendino, who finds healing in abandoned homes:

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