A Stradivarius Recovered

Heard a beautiful story on NPR this morning from legal correspondent Nina Totenberg about her late father’s stolen Stradivarius violin. Nina Totenberg manages to make court proceedings compelling for radio. Given the inherent intrigue, music, and mystery in this story, she really produced a beautiful report. Read more and hear the story on the NPR website: A Rarity Reclaimed: Stolen Stradivarius Recovered After 35 Years Continue reading A Stradivarius Recovered

Cultural Prep: Soda Stereo & the World Cup Final

So we’re down to Argentina and Germany in this year’s World Cup final match. I’ll save the postulation about football for another time and place. This post is about one of my favorite bands, who hail from Argentina. Seems like a good opportunity to write about their music, and for you to have a listen! Soda Stereo. Most non-Spanish speakers haven’t heard of them. Any … Continue reading Cultural Prep: Soda Stereo & the World Cup Final

Who will you be 10 years from now?

NPR presents a report on a study that showed that most people underestimate the degree to which their personalities and values will change in the future. >> Read and listen: You Can’t See It, But You’ll Be A Different Person In 10 Years : Shots – Health News : NPR How often do you stop to contemplate what you will be like in 10 years? I … Continue reading Who will you be 10 years from now?

Thomas Friedman Interview on BBC Radio 3

On a recent episode of the always-interesting BBC Radio 3 Arts & Ideas Podcast, Philip Dodd spoke with Thomas Friedman about his new book “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back“. While I don’t usually agree with Friedman, I did find this interview interesting–Dodd challenges Friedman and engages him in constructive argument … Continue reading Thomas Friedman Interview on BBC Radio 3

Thoughts on Peter Gabriel’s “New Blood”

Just got my CD copy of Peter Gabriel‘s newest project, “New Blood” — an orchestral rehashing of a number of his classic songs. He revisited the studio, recording entirely new versions of tracks with a full orchestra and without drum kit or guitar. As a long-time Peter Gabriel fan, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the album. My verdict: it’s a pleasure. “New Blood” … Continue reading Thoughts on Peter Gabriel’s “New Blood”