Friday night, Nik Wallenda will walk across a tightrope strung above Niagara Falls. It will be the first dare-devil event the falls have seen in years. Producer Phoebe Judge previews the walk with Dick.
The life of a cartoonist was not easy and certainly wasn't lucrative. Keith Knight caught a big break when he launched his first syndicated comic strip, which started running in many high profile papers. Then the bottom fell out of the newspaper industry. Also in the show: A woman tries to save her ancestral language.
Can an album cycle actually be reduced to a single day? That’s what three musicians, a lyricist and a producer set out to discover recently. The project is called “Eight in Eight." The crew holed up overnight, podcast the session live, and set out to write, record and distribute an album of eight songs in a single night. Amanda Palmer sang lead on many of the songs; Sean Slade produced the session.
The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky almost caused a riot when it was first seen 100 years ago. Today it has become a classic and is being celebrated on its centenary- yet eyebrows can still be raised when a puppeteer stages his version. That production premieres today.
Matthew Stoneman moved to Los Angeles with dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom. Instead he became a thief and landed in prison. To pass the time, he got a guitar and learned over a hundred classic songs, in Spanish, from the Mexican inmates. When he got out he became an unlikely troubadour, singing and playing for tips in the Latino restaurants around East L.A. Also in this show, an unexpected birder.
Dick speaks with folklorist Bill Ferris about the "single strand" instruments—like a single strand of wire fixed to the side of a wooden shack and played with a bottle—that led the way to the blues that we know today.