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.
Alaa Al Aswany is watching as the political parties vie for power in Egypt - and, as always, he’s speaking his mind. Alaa is an Egyptian novelistand was a vocal critic of the Mubarak government. And he continues to confront those in power, challenging the old guard.
Elvis would have been 75 years old today. And even though it's been more than 30 years since he died, worldwide celebrations are being held and Elvis mania seems as big as ever. Gene Doucette was a young designer specializing in embroidery back in 1972 when he got a call that would change his life: he was asked to help design jumpsuits for Elvis Presley's live concerts. Gene talks to Dick about what it was like creating the elaborate costumes that are nearly as memorable as the songs.
Artur Talvik is an Estonian filmmaker who grew up under the iron thumb of the Soviet Union. He used to attend huge song festivals, where Estonians would sing "My Homeland is My Love." That song helped remind them of their dream of freedom, and it gave them courage when, in 1991, Artur and other Estonians stood down Soviet tanks.
Andy Bystrom deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy Reserves. He went on hundreds of convoys during his deployment. These days, Andy teaches in South Central Los Angeles, and he decided to write and produce a rap song about his time at war.