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.
Annie Leibovitz tells Phoebe Judge about the project that saved her. She's calling it Pilgrimage.
Author Lois Lowry talks on her classic novel The Giver.
Roman Mars of 99% Invisible explores how common languages might help stop hate and factionalism.
Dicks speaks with Thomas Steinbeck about how a Texas judge used Lennie, a character from John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, to measure mental ability in a death penalty case.
Dick speaks with Jeffrey Yang, a poet who has translated the works of imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.
Phoebe Judge talks with writer Edward Hoagland, the novelist and essayist noted especially for his writings about nature and wildlife.
Jim Hays commissioned a novel about the succession of Texas to make a point about the federal government.
Author Allan Gurganus tells Dick about meeting Tennessee Williams.
Nader Haj Kadour, the artist who was commissioned to paint the portraits of Syria’s ruling family, is watching as 40 years of his work are being destroyed.
An anonymous note in an airplane leads to a wedding proposal.
Deb Barry of Save The Children has been working in one of the refugee camps for Syrians, in Erbil, Iraq.
The Little Prince turns 70 this year. Anna Lee tells her story of searching in Nigeria for the Baobab tree, hoping it would be as powerful in real life as In Antoine Saint-Exupery's tale.
Christian Boer created a font that is more readable for those with dyslexia.
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