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December 21, 2011 24 Comments

Star Trek’s George Takei Recalls World War II Internment

When he was just five, Actor George Takei was one of some 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans forced to leave their homes on the West Coast after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

December 16, 2011 Comment

‘Three Pianos’ Parties With Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’

Music, drinking and debate combine in “Three Pianos,” about a long party on a dark winter’s night, set to a Franz Schubert song cycle.

December 15, 2011 Comment

Minimalist Icon Terry Riley Explores The Indonesian Gamelan

In the 1960’s, composer Terry Riley ushered in the minimalist music movement with his revolutionary classic “In C.” Now he’s expanding his repertoire to the Indonesian gamelan.

December 14, 2011 9 Comments

Tweeting (While Listening) To The Orchestra

Longtime classical music fan Jennifer Nissenbaum recently bought a ticket for a “Tweet seat” at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and settled in for an evening of Tweeting.

December 1, 2011 7 Comments

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star

In a career that started in the late 1960s, musician Todd Rundgren has done it all, and at the age of 63 he’s still doing it– touring with his reunited progressive rock band Utopia.

November 28, 2011 Comment

Author Anthony Horowitz Gives Sherlock Holmes A New Spin

Author Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the bestselling “Alex Rider” series of books for young adult readers. Now he delves into the realm of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a new Sherlock Holmes novel authorized by Doyle’s estate.

November 18, 2011 28 Comments

‘Everybody Gets To Decide How To Embody Blackness For Themselves’

We recently sat down with cultural commentator Touré who explained what “post-blackness” means to him. We met him at the Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a club founded by African Americans where Touré says he received his “black nutrients.”

November 14, 2011 66 Comments

Sue Grafton Is Back With ‘V Is For Vengeance’

Mystery writer Sue Grafton is out with her 22nd book in her alphabet series featuring private eye Kinsey Millhone: “V Is For Vengeance.”

November 11, 2011 Comment

Author Terry Brooks Writes About Sacrifice In The Face Of Destruction

Here & Now’s Kevin Sullivan got the chance to sit down with one of his favorite authors Terry Brooks, who is out with a new book.

November 9, 2011 13 Comments

Video Game Theme Songs Get Symphony Makeover

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has produced a new album of video game music including themes from “Angry Birds,” “Zelda” and “World of Warcraft.”

October 27, 2011 Comment

Murakami Uses Bach, The Beatles In Storytelling

Music plays a significant and recurring role in all of Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s novels. That’s especially true in his new 900+ page epic “1Q84.”

October 10, 2011 3 Comments

Soprano Hayley Westenra Teams Up With Film Maestro Ennio Morricone

Hayley Westenra has been performing since she was 13, and for her new album the 24 year-old collaborated with 82 year-old composer Ennio Morricone.

October 4, 2011 2 Comments

Irish Musician Imelda May Gives Rockabilly A Post-Punk Spin

Imelda May, one of Ireland’s top singer-songwriters, is winning rave reviews in the U.S after new CD, “Mayhem,” hit the top of the charts.

September 30, 2011 10 Comments

Fanboy Turned Batman Obsession Into Blockbuster Films

Michael Uslan is a self-described comic book nerd, whose obsession with Batman turned into a decade-long odyssey to bring the Dark Knight to the silver screen.

September 8, 2011 11 Comments

Tracing 9/11 Through Culture

Culture critic Jeffrey Melnick says the multiple traumas of Sept. 11 are woven all through American books, movies and music ten years on.

September 5, 2011 9 Comments

Poet Laureate Philip Levine Gives A Voice To Workers

We speak with the new poet laureate, Philip Levine. He’s been dubbed the “working man’s poet,” writing about blue collar work since he toiled in Detroit’s auto factories as a young man.

August 31, 2011 7 Comments

Ry Cooder’s Soundtrack For The Financial Crisis

Ry Cooder’s new CD is filled with songs about the financial crisis. Cooder says he’s “furious really about what’s going on…this political situation in this country.”

August 23, 2011 3 Comments

Ray Bradbury’s ‘Something Wicked’ Gets A Comic Book Spin

A young African American comic book artist from Brooklyn illustrates Ray Bradbury’s nostalgic story of good versus evil, “Something Wicked This Way Comes.”

August 18, 2011 2 Comments

A Mystery Writer’s Leading Ladies Move To TV

Bestselling author Tess Gerritsen set her newest “Rizzoli and Isles” detective novel, excerpted here, in Boston’s Chinatown.

August 17, 2011 2 Comments

Revisiting Critic Gail Caldwell’s Memoir Of Friendship

Former Boston Globe book critic Gail Caldwell and fellow writer Caroline Knapp had a deep friendship that was cut short when Knapp died of lung cancer in 2002.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

October 30 2 Comments

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about "the aggregation of marginal gains."

October 30 12 Comments

A Computer Model Forecasts Ebola’s Future Path

With the virus in Africa, the U.S. and Europe, experts have created a computer model to predict where it could go next.

October 29 Comment

Reporter Crosses Into Syria To Tell Stories Of Fighters

Holly Williams of CBS discusses some of the people she's interviewed, including women soldiers on the frontlines.

October 29 9 Comments

How Far Have We Come Since The Financial Crisis?

Or are we already going backwards? We ask Michael Lewis, author of books including "Flash Boys" and "Liar's Poker."