Arts and Entertainment

Code Switch
3:58 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean Dies At 83

Courtesy of Craig Schwartz Photography

Playwright Phillip Hayes Dean died earlier this week. His family says the 83 year-old died in Los Angeles of a heart condition. He was in the midst of overseeing a production of his most famous play, "Paul Robeson."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:34 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

Donald Fagen (left) and Walter Becker of Steely Dan.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

In Steely Dan, guitarist Walter Becker and singer-pianist Donald Fagen are masters of irony and erudition.

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A Blog Supreme
2:12 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary

The late virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius enjoyed only a relatively brief career, but was influential to musicians across genres.
Courtesy of JPI

It seems an unlikely match.

In one corner, you have Metallica's Robert Trujillo. The most popular heavy metal bassist alive, he prowls beast-like across arena stages, rumbling guts with the low B on the 5-string instrument he slings to one side like a battle ax.

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Music & Memories
6:38 am
Fri April 18, 2014

JFJO Celebrates 20 Years Of Experimental Jazz Odyssey

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (Brian Haas - left, Chris Combs - center, Josh Raymer - right)
Credit Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey /

Brian Haas has his own theory of relativity: Spending so much of his life in a van over the past twenty years has actually “folded time and space.” 

“I’ve been moving faster and getting closer to the speed of light, which means time has been going by quicker, right?” Haas says.

2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a band Haas took under his wing while attending the University of Tulsa. 

“I really just wanted to learn how to play jazz,” Haas says. “And then it just took on a life of its own.”

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Assignment: Radio
10:02 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Assignment: Radio April 13, 2014

Camp Summit

It’s the latest episode of the Spring 2014 season for Assignment: Radio. This week we explore people's passions with a series of one-on-one interviews. From life lessons on a battlefield to painting as therapy everyone has there place in this week's Assignment: Radio.

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Assignment: Radio
9:34 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Taking A Trip To The Hornets Nest


 A battlefield is a place that most of us can only imagine, being surrounded by the enemy and knowing that the fellow solider or marine next to you could take their last breath at any moment. Mike Boettcher experienced this horror first hand for years as he covered conflict in Central America and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. but on this most recent trip into what he calls “The Hornets Nest” there was a new variable- working along side his son. 

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Assignment: Radio
8:56 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Documenting Real Live Angels

Credit Camp Summit

 A documentary is a labor of love – and for one University of Oklahoma graduate student, it’s the culmination of years of research, shooting, and editing. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins spoke with Brent Weber to get the story behind his new documentary and some of the stories that inspired him to keep filming.

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Assignment: Radio
2:32 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Artestry As Therapy

Art Therapist Joan Phillips in her office
Credit Molly Evans

Joan Phillips knew art therapy was her calling when she first heard of it in the 1970s because it married her love of art and helping people. A practitioner of more than 30 years as well as a professor of art therapy at the University of Oklahoma, Phillips discussed with Assignment Radio’s Molly Evans her experiences over the last three decades in the still budding branch of counseling.   

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Indian Times
11:44 am
Fri April 11, 2014

“Our People, Our Land, Our Images” Features The Perspectives Of Indigenous Photographers

Credit Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

A new photography exhibition opens April 11 at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Heather Ahtone, the James T. Bialic Assistant Curator for Native American and Non-western Arts, says the exhibition has a global feel.

“'Our People, Our Land, Our Images' is an exhibition of indigenous photography from across the world,” said Ahtone. “It includes Native American photographers as well as Maori from New Zealand, Iranian and Palestinian photographers. It's their visual take on what it is to be indigenous and from a particular place."

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NPR Story
2:26 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Lemurs Leap Onto The Big Screen In New Documentary

A new documentary film out in IMAX theaters introduces us to the world of lemurs. (Warner Bros./IMAX)

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 3:05 pm

A new documentary film out in IMAX theaters introduces us to the world of lemurs. The tree-dwelling primates are one of our closest ancestors and only live in Madagascar.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” shows us the lives of lemurs and those who research them. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with two of the people behind the film, screenwriter Drew Fellman and primatologist Dr. Patricia Wright.

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