April may be the cruelest month, but June has been good for T.S. Eliot's landmark poem, The Waste Land. Eighty-nine years after it was published, the poem became a runaway hit in the form of a new iPad application that's selling like gangbusters.
The rainbow flag has been a symbol of pride, and controversy, since it was designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978.We asked our listeners if another kind of image might better represent the gay community in the 21st century.
When jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa was still a student at Berklee College of Music, his older brother gave him an album called Saxophone Indian Style – as a joke. Mahanthappa had been suspicious of American jazz's sampling of Indian music.
Kim Burrell's gospel runs deep. Her father was a pastor, her mother an evangelist, and Burrell grew up singing in the Church of God in Christ, but her turn toward love songs has caused an uproar in the church.
At 91 years of age, Kitty Wells is the oldest living member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. And she can still surprise unsuspecting listeners. Despite her demure gingham dresses and sweet plaintive melodies, Wells was a radical.
Ingmar Riedel-Kruse runs a biophysics lab at Stanford University, but he spends about half his time tinkering with videogames. He's not playing World of Warcraft. Riedel-Kruse creates his own videogames using living microbes.
Timothy Schaffert's new book isn't a typical mystery novel. It's got ominous crime set in a small town rife with intrigue but the narrator isn't a hardscrabble detective or noir gumshoe. Schaffert's story is told by an 83-year old grandmother.
Last week, Apple's Steve Jobs made a design presentation – not to masses of swooning tech journalists, but to the Cupertino, California city council. What Jobs unveiled this time was Apple's future corporate headquarters.
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