What do blues guitarist Robert Johnson and cellist Pablo Casals have in common? Here's a hint: 1936. Listen to this story about a day that both of them made music. From Joe Richman and Radio Diaries.
"Sant Martí del Canigó" by Pablo Casals, "I Believe I'll Dust my Broom" by Robert Johnson, and "In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, And Beethoven There Were Women And Men" by Tortoise
Glen Creason, the map librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library, finds so many maps in one house, he doubles the library’s collection.
Celebrating the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
The farm manager of a small Vermont college talks about the school’s decision to slaughter an aging ox - and the protests that followed.
Radio producer Sean Cole is a poet (and he knows what you think of poets). One night, drunk and stumbling along the Hudson River with his friend Malissa O’Donnell, he discovered a monument to two of his poetry heroes. See more photos here.
Illustrator Matt Kish speaks with Dick about how he channeled an obsession with Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick into a work of art for each page of the novel.
A poem by Sharon Olds capturing a daughter's trip home to a sick father.
Andrea Morales captured the details of coming of age in a small Ohio town by spending time with young women. The honesty of those photographs caught the eye of photography judges at Time Magazine.
Interviews with the man behind some of the Marx Brothers' greatest lines.
We offer another missive from Egypt from the Poetic Portraits of a Revolution. This one muses on the idea of heroes. The poets are Kane Smego, Mohammad Moussa and Will McInerney.
Dick speaks with Nik Wallenda, who was raised by a clan of tight rope walkers known as the Flying Wallendas.
Host Dick Gordon checks in with Issa Touma, a resident of the Syrian city of Aleppo and occasional guest of the program.
Haya Ajjan, a Syrian living in the U.S., talks to Dick about her family. Then, Dick and Haya call two of her friends, one of whom left Syria for Jordan and the husband who remained in Damascus.
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