In this hour, the celebrated cartoonist Chris Ware has a graphic novel called Building Stories. It’s like nothing Steve Paulson has ever seen or read before. Next, when Kevin Miyazaki was a child, there was something his family rarely discussed . His father’s family was interned in American camps during World War II. Now let’s not mince words here. His father’s family is Japanese and lived in Takoma, Washington. But after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were rounded up and put into concentration camps. Kevin went on to be a successful fine arts photographer. But one day his family’s past merged with his art.Then, J.G. Ballard’s futuristic 1975 novel, High Rise, is about a group of people living in a luxury high-rise apartment building where neighbors organize themselves according to their respective social classes. Literally. The lower class lives on the lower floors, the middle class in the middle and the upper class occupies the most luxurious apartments on the highest floors. Tribal-class warfare ensues.After that, Mitchell Joaquim and the Terreform 1 team are looking for new, organic ways of building homes… and cities. About 4 billion of us live in cities right now. Predictions are, by the end of this century, that number will be closer to 8 billion. That means, for the foreseeable future, we need to build the equivalent of a city of one million people EVERY WEEK... hopefully without crashing our social and ecological systems. When Anne Strainchamps asked Joachim how we do that, he said part of the answer might be tree houses and… meat houses. Yes, you heard that right, MEAT houses. And finally, ok, take a breath. Close your eyes. Recall the home of your childhood. Can you smell the cookies in the kitchen? Can you open a drawer in your bedroom? Do you see the sunlight through a window? Every building has a story. . . And not only a story, every building has a sound. Many sounds actu... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/131030/rt_tbon_131030_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, Alain de Botton talks to Anne Strainchamps about his experience as Heathrow Airport´s first writer-in-residence. de Botton is the author of A Week at the Airport.Next, Greg Lindsay talks to Steve Paulson about the city of the future -- the aerotropolis. Lindsay is the co-author, along with John Kasarda, of Aerotropolis: The Way We´ll Live Next. Then, Brian Eno biographer David Sheppard talks to Jim Fleming about Brian Eno´s groundbreaking 1978 album, Ambient 1: Music for Airports. Sheppard is the author of ´´On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno.´´ And finally, Christopher Schaberg talks to Anne Strainchamps about looking at the airport through the lens of literature. Schaberg is the author of The Textual Life of Airports: Reading the Culture of Flight. [Broadcast Date: May 10, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120511/rt_tbon_120511_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, Jonathan Lethem talks to Steve Paulson about his new novel, Dissident Gardens. Next, Margaret Atwood talks to Jim Fleming about her new novel, MaddAddam. Then, Boris Kachka talks with Steve Paulson about his Vulture.com story, ´´On the Thomas Pynchon Trail.´´ After that, Shane Salerno talks to Anne Strainchamps about his documentary, Salinger, and the companion book he co-authored with David Shields. And finally, we share the mysterious story of the listener who sent us postcards in response to our show about handwriting. [Broadcast Date: October 23, 2013] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/131023/rt_tbon_131023_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, we needed a working definition of the word ´´scoundrel”. For that, we headed to lexicographer Erin McKean. She’s the founder and CEO of the online dictionary Wordnik. She was also the Principal Editor of The New Oxford American Dictionary. Steve Paulson sat down with her.Next, we might not have the perfect definition of the word ´´scoundrel” but we can certainly agree on one thing – Civil War General and US Congressman Daniel Sickles was the epitome of a scoundrel. Seriously. Check out this list: murder, political corruption, affairs with queens and prostitutes… and there’s more than meets the eye about that leg he lost at Gettysburg. Then, ´´Scoundrel” is such an old-fashioned word. I mean, who uses it anymore? Aren’t there any scoundrels today? We looked no further then the world of political opposition research. Shadowy political operatives who dig up the muck on a candidate’s opponents. those running for office. Adultery, back taxes, DUIs, illegitimate children… you name it and they find it.After that, where are the female scalawags? The lady rogue? Well, Anne Strainchamps set out to find out. She called up Elizabeth Mahon, author of the blog and the book of the same name: Scandalous Women. And finally, we found a modern-day huckster. His name is Rev. Ivan Stang and he’s the co-founder of a cult called The Church of the SubGenius. Its members worship a pipe smoking man god named Bob Dobbs and claim to be a superior race descended from the Yeti. Their theology is summed up in one word; ´´Slack.” [Broadcast Date: January 11, 2013] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/130111/rt_tbon_130111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to the next generation of African writers. They’re young, multi-lingual, and breaking out of all the old literary boxes. This hour, why Africa has one of the most exciting literary scenes on the planet. [Broadcast Date: February 4, 2015] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/150204/rt_tbon_150204_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pragmatic. Problem-solving. And non-partisan -- Mayors just might be the next best hope for democracy. [Broadcast Date: July 30, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/140730/rt_tbon_140730_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of the founders of Apple Computers, Steven Jobs, talks about the future of computer technology on this edition of Fresh Air. Jobs led the development of the Macintosh computer and in 1985 he founded NeXT Computer. NeXT´s mission is to develop customized software for businesses; two of their applications are OPENSTEP and NEXTSTEP. Jobs is also the owner of the computer animation company, Pixar, which made the first feature-length computer-animated film, Toy Story, in conjunction with Walt Disney, Inc. (Original Broadcast Date: February 22, 1996) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/000558/rt_whyy_000558_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Computer scientists are closing in on the next frontier in artificial intelligence — machines that can create. Make art. Write stories. Compose music. The dream is to open the door to a whole new kind of creativity. But don´t throw away your paintbrush yet—in this hour, we explore the dream and the limits of artificial creativity. [Broadcast Date: November 17, 2017] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Strainchamps. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/171117/rt_tbon_171117_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Computer scientists are closing in on the next frontier in artificial intelligence - machines that can create. Make art. Write stories. Compose music. The dream is to open the door to a whole new kind of creativity. But don´t throw away your paintbrush yet - in this hour, we explore the dream and the limits of artificial creativity. [Broadcast Date: January 18, 2017] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Strainchamps. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/170118/rt_tbon_170118_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hip hop created a sound that changed music, art, fashion, and politics. What´s next? Diplomacy? Journalism? Education? Philosophy? The hip hop future. [Broadcast Date: November 23, 2016] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Strainchamps. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/161123/rt_tbon_161123_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.