Arts and Entertainment

TED Radio Hour
8:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

"This is my art. I strive for authenticity, even if it comes in a shape that we might not usually expect" — Hetain Patel
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Hetain Patel's TED Talk

Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.

About Hetain Patel

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TED Radio Hour
8:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Can Comedy Break Stereotypes?

"Stand-up comedy is really like therapy ... by finding the funny in it, it helps you cope" — Maz Jobrani
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing With Perceptions.

About Maz Jobrani's TED Talk

Iranian-American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani describes a comic's role in challenging stereotypes — especially when it comes to Middle Eastern Muslims in America.

About Maz Jobrani

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TED Radio Hour
8:45 am
Fri November 14, 2014

What's The Line Between Stereotyping, Celebrating Culture?

"I think all this tidiness isn't doing us any good. It just spills out anyway" — Sarah Jones
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 8:56 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Playing with Perceptions.

About Sarah Jones' TED Talk

Playwright and performer Sarah Jones has a chameleon-like ability to change personas. Through these personas, she explores the fine line between stereotyping and celebrating different ethnic groups.

About Sarah Jones

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
12:42 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Very Very Henry Threadgill

Henry Threadgill conducts the Society Situation Dance Band at the Very Very Threadgill festival.
Shahar Azran Courtesy of Harlem Stage

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 10:35 am

Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Two tubas with two guitars, a "sextett" with seven members, a free-improvising trio with an instrument made of hubcaps, a dance orchestra: Nothing is off the table.

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5:08 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Farewell To Randy Jackson, An Example Of All That Ails 'American Idol'

Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell, the original judges on Fox's American Idol.
Michael Becker AP

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 6:09 pm

Look up "show business survivor" on the Google machine, and you're likely to find a picture of Randy Jackson staring back at you.

That's a curious thought, as news breaks that Jackson is leaving Fox's American Idol singing competition after 13 years as a judge and mentor — the second-to-last person from the show's inaugural season left on the show, besides host Ryan Seacrest.

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3:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Uncovering The Past Alongside Archaeologists

The lives of archaeologists may not be as glamorous as Indian Jones' life in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," but digging up ancient artifacts can be thrilling. (Tom Simpson/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 1:55 pm

When you think “archaeologist,” do you think “Indiana Jones?” It turns out the lives of archaeologists are a lot more mundane than the character played by Harrison Ford in the movies.

Author Marilyn Johnson, whose previous books illuminated the work of obituary writers and librarians, now explores archaeologists in “Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble.”

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3:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Amanda Palmer On 'The Art Of Asking'

Amanda Palmer's new memoir is "The Art of Asking." (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 1:46 pm

Musician Amanda Palmer got a lot of flack for her Kickstarter campaign that raised over a million dollars to produce a new indie album and tour. How dare she! She was married to the famous (read: rich) author Neil Gaiman! She asked musicians to join her on tour — unpaid. She took advantage of fans, slept on their couches. Gawker called it the smoke-and-mirror tactics of a grifter.

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2:35 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Voices Multitracked, Overdubbed, Amplified Through An Actor

BASETRACK Live incorporates photographs, videos and interviews to tell the story of warfare, both at home and abroad.
Courtesy of En Garde Arts

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 7:16 am

Basetrack began as a place for embedded journalists to post photos. Later it became a social media site where families could keep up with their troops in Afghanistan. Now it has transformed again, into a new way for the most recent generation of veterans to tell the story of their service and survival.

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Code Switch
7:17 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Is America Ready To Fall In Love With The Telenovela?

Ivonne Coll, Gina Rodriguez and Andrea Navedo star in Jane The Virgin from the CW.
Tyler Golden The CW

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 12:13 pm

Most reviews of the CW's Jane The Virgin mention that it was loosely adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela called Juana La Virgen. Then they predictably misrepresent a telenovela as a Latin American soap opera.

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Indian Times
9:02 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Native Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo Weaves Different Story Threads Into One Documentary

Sterlin Harjo
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Acclaimed Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s latest project is an exploration into the past that revealed much more than he anticipated. This May Be The Last Time is a documentary film that looks to the origins of the music and culture of his distant ancestors.

It is a quest that found Harjo in the unexpected role of investigator into the mysterious 1962 disappearance of his grandfather.

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