Sat July 9, 2011
Arts & Life

Stan VanDerBeek: Film On The Cutting Edge

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:40 am

Untitled (Science Friction), 1959
Stan VanDerBeek Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Stan VanDerBeek is a legendary name in the history of experimental film. A restless adventurer who began making experimental animated films in the 1950s, VanDerBeek filmed happenings, designed windows for Tiffany's and worked with John Cage and Claes Oldenburg.

He also explored the artistic possibilities of new technologies of his time: video, computers, even the fax machine. He was artist-in-residence at Bell Labs and at NASA.

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Sat July 9, 2011
A Blog Supreme

What's With All The Jazz Tribute Albums?

Michael Jackson Courtesy of the artist

Well, it's complicated.

More than so many other kinds of music, jazz takes its tradition seriously. There's about 100 years' worth, and most of it has been passed down in sound: by playing with, listening to and studying with the masters. So it makes sense that jazz musicians feel such visceral connections to their ancestors, whether spiritual, intellectual, educational, inspirational, aspirational or even just marketable.

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Sat July 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Migrants Work For The Future, Sing To Remember

Francisco Suares, 32, of Michoacan, Mexico, harvests ripe bing cherries at Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash. Although he has only two fingers on his right hand, he's still a quick picker.
Anna King For NPR

Cherries are finally ready for harvest in the northwestern United States. A cold spring means that this is the latest cherry season anyone can remember.

One of the largest fruit orchards in the world is located in the hot, dry and dusty desert country of southeastern Washington. At the Broetje orchards, cherry trees create an emerald canopy. It's 4,400 lush acres on a bend in the Columbia River.

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Sat July 9, 2011

Argentine Music Icon And Peace Activist Facundo Cabral Killed In Guatemala

Facundo Cabral at a press appearance in Costa Rica in 2007.
Mayela Lopez AFP/Getty Images

English / Spanish

A voice for peace in Latin America was silenced today in Guatemala.

Argentine singer, songwriter and novelist Facundo Cabral was shot and killed in Guatemala City early this morning. He had just finished a concert in the nation's capital and was headed to the airport by car. Eyewitnesses say he was ambushed en route by three vehicles and gunned down on the nearly empty highway. According to the witnesses, the attackers fled on a road leading to the Guatemalan border with El Salvador.

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Sat July 9, 2011
Sunday Puzzle

Call My Bluff

On-Air Challenge: Every answer ends with the letter F and are given an anagram of the letters before the F. For example, given the word "flub," the answer would be "bluff."

Last Week's Challenge: From listener Dale Shuger of New York City: Think of a common four-letter adjective. Then take its opposite in French. (It's a French word that everyone knows.) Say the two words out loud, one after the other, and you'll name a famous film director. Who is it?

Answer: Truffaut (true and faux)

Winner: Brent Jeffers of Pullman, Wash.

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Sat July 9, 2011

More Roads May Pave Way To More Traffic

On Friday, the city of Los Angeles will be closing one of its main freeways, Interstate 405, for 53 hours, from Friday night to Monday morning.

It's part of a billion-dollar widening project that Los Angeles hopes will ease chronic traffic jams on the 405, but many residents, fearing the worst, are already dubbing it "Carmageddon."

For decades, urban areas across the country have been adding lanes and building roads in an effort to fight congestion, but a recent study by the University of Toronto says that these tactics aren't actually all that effective.

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Sat July 9, 2011
Your Money

Crusade To Fix Tax Code Gains Steam


After leaving negotiations on raising the debt ceiling last Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner said that "comprehensive tax reform ... is under discussion."

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a joint session on tax reform for the first time since 1940.

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Sat July 9, 2011
Music Interviews

Ledisi: A Singer's Second Life

Ledisi's fifth and latest album is called Pieces of Me.
Courtesy of the artist

A decade into her career as an R&B artist, it's hard to believe Ledisi actually got her start in opera. Beginning at age eight and continuing through her studies at UC Berkeley, the singer and songwriter spent years honing her operatic voice before switching to R&B and soul. However, she tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz that the two worlds aren't so different — especially when it comes to the skills the singers cultivate.

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Sat July 9, 2011

South Sudan Comes Alive With Joy, Tears

The world welcomed a new country on Saturday: South Sudan. The nation's flag was raised for the first time in capitol of Juba, where the people of South Sudan gathered to celebrate their independence. Host Guy Raz talks with NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who was in the joyous crowd.


Sat July 9, 2011
NPR Story

Week In News: U.K. 'News Of The World' Scandal

Rupert Murdoch's tabloid News of the World closes its doors Sunday after more than a century and a half in business. That follows the revelation that reporters there tapped the phones of crime victims, dead soldiers and even the royal family to get scoops for their paper. Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about this story and others from the past week.