PRI Arts and Entertainment Podcast
The Harry Potter of China wins English language...08/25/15
The Hugo is one of the most prestigious English-language awards in science fiction — handed out to some of the biggest names in the genre. But this year's honoree is a seemingly unlikely writer — a novelist who didn't even write his book in English:...
Infinite Jester: Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace
Can an actor known for his goofy roles in movies and TV comedies adequately portray one of the most serious-minded writers of his generation? He sure can, say the movie's reviewers.
Reimagining 'Alice in Wonderland' as a hip-hop opera
A rabbit hole worth heading down? This Lebanese trumpet player has reworked the Lewis Carroll classic, setting it in modern France with a Malian beat.
JiHAE cares more about what's underneath — and it shows on...
Seoul-born artist JiHAE's fourth record is worldly. And you can hear the maturity of her sound on the album titled "Illusion of You." It gets downright epic.
For this expat, moving back to Brazil wasn't all sunshine...
Many Brazilian expats returned to Brazil in 2008. A booming economy led many believe the country would become the next world power. That was enough for reporter Juliana Barbassa, but her experience didn't exactly work out the way she thought.
How Francis Ford Coppola helped bring surfing to the...
Part of "Apocalypse Now" was filmed in the Philippines town of Baler. And as the story goes, when the film crew left, they left behind their surfboards, starting a new surfing culture there.
Remembering Doudou Ndiaye Rose — a master who brought...
Doudou Ndiaye Rose was a master drummer from Senegal. And he played with the best of 'em — Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones, Josephine Baker. But perhaps his most personal performances were with his children and grandchildren,...
New life for the slap-bass theme of 'Seinfeld'
Radiohead joins a long list of bands covering bassist Jonathan Wolff's 'Seinfeld' theme this year in mashups. "It's like I've been invited to another party," says Wolff, who has written more than 40 TV themes.
A language based on whistling uses a different part of the...
In a northern Turkish town, they use a complicated form a whistling to communicate. One bio-psychologist has been analyzing this whistling language to learn how the brain processes it differently than speech.
These anti-meat activists 'brand' themselves in protests
A group of mostly young people have taken to staging demonstrations against the meat industry in Israel. The group known as 269, is having a noticeable effect on the Israeli diet by their extreme tactics, which include dead chicks.
It's not Space Odyssey, it's the Yaybahar
The Yaybahar was created about six years ago as a mix of all sorts of instruments: the Australian didgeridoo, the Turkish Ney and, most importantly, the thunder drum, a small cylindrical instrument that has two drum-like membranes linked by a spring.
Bootstrapping their own K-pop band — in New York City
Asian entertainers weren't exactly top of mind in the US until the past few years. But that's all changed. And now, three Asian American women are trying to tap into that newfound knowledge.
Russia's political war on imported food, flowers — and...
Russian authorities destroyed Dutch flowers and removed California wines from shelves, citing health concerns. Many suspect political motivations behind the recent moves, which followed similar Russian actions destroying European foods.
Wanna bet who will perform the next James Bond theme? You...
A new James bond film, called “Spectre,” is coming this fall — the 24th in the series. Fans of the franchise are buzzing with speculation, because when it comes to a Bond film the only thing as important as who is going to be playing Mr. Bond is who...
Don't try to sing about studying in China — it's banned
The Chinese Ministry of Culture has recently cracked down on "immoral" music, but what they find immoral has raised some eyebrows.
Five years later, the mountain still haunts 33 Chilean...
It's been five years since 33 Chilean miners emerged from 69 days trapped under the ground. The mountain continues to haunt them.
Meet the Hasidic Lady Gaga
Lipa Schmeltzer is a Hasidic pop star, but he's also a student at Columbia University. And his path there wasn't an easy one given his lack of a secular education.
A Cuban American poet sees a brighter future for dissident...
A Cuban American poet accompanying Secretary of State John Kerry tells dissident artists in Havana to "hang in there."
Without ska, there would be no reggae
In the 1960s, rock 'n' roll gave birth to many new styles of popular music. One of those was Ska, which originated in Jamaica and was a precursor to reggae. Filmmaker Brad Klein has just come out with a documentary tracing the history of ska, "Legends...
Would my Nazi grandfather have shot me for being black?
Jennifer Teege never knew about her grandfather until she was an adult. That's probably good, as her grandfather was the terrifying, sadistic Nazi Commandant Amon Goeth, who was played by Ralph Fiennes in "Schindler's List."
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