The 1800s composition “Vexations,” by Erik Satie, comes with a cryptic instruction to perform the piece 840 times in a row. Many thought that it couldn’t be done, but in the late 1960s, John Cage and some friends decided to give it a shot.
When French photographers Cedric Houin, aka Varial, and Fabrice Nadjari traveled to one of Afghanistan’s most arid and remote regions, they walked for three weeks and hauled their equipment on the backs of donkeys. Once in the Wakhan Corridor, a 140-mile strip bordering China, Tajikstan and Pakistan, they met people who had never seen an outsider – or a photograph. The photographers used Polaroids to instantly show them what they looked like
This week, The National Black Theatre Festival kicks off in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Poet Kwame Dawes will be there to perform his poetry set to music in a work called HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica. Also on the show: Bernice Johnson-Reagon on her performance at the 1963 March on Washington.
While working for the U.N., Patrick McGrann observed how bureaucracy and distance make it difficult to help people in troubled countries. He decided that in addition to needing jobs and stability, people in war-torn and poor areas also need to have fun. On one of his trips home, Patrick met someone who had a great passion for kites. That meeting led to the founding of the Kite Gang. Also in this program: how much plastic is in the ocean?
Jean Montes grew up in Haiti. He attended the Holy Trinity School of Music before coming to the States to become a conductor and musician. When the earthquake struck one year ago this week, his thoughts were of his beloved school and students. Jean knew his country needed food, water and shelter - but they also needed hope. Since then he has taken hundreds of instruments to Holy Trinity to give to young students through the Haitian Youth Music Relief.
Climb up 130 feet into the crown of a rainforest tree in New Guinea and wait. And wait. Wildlife photographer Tim Laman tells Dick about his journey to photograph every species of the Birds of Paradise. It took him 8 years and 18 expeditions to do it, and there are still a few he was not able to capture. The feathers and colors are hard to believe.