President Barack Obama's administration rolled out a new program that seeks to turn around underperforming schools by integrating the arts into the core curriculum of each school. But a former federal education official and arts advocate said it's the wrong approach to funding arts education.
Anchor Lisa Mullins tells us about a new CD inspired by Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project. The album is by Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor and the American string quartet Brooklyn Rider. The CD is called "Silent City."
Ben Affleck's directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, opens this week. It's set in a rough-and-tumble Irish neighborhood in Boston -? the same setting as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River and Martin Scorsese's The Departed. Studio 360's Eric Molinsky looks into why his hometown of Boston (and specifically the areas of Southie and Dorchester) keeps getting treated to these class-centered cinematic portraits.
Tendues and Torque
Ken Laws was in his early 40s when he decided he wanted to study ballet. Laws taught college physics, and when he had to shift his center of gravity to perform a simple pose at the barre, he immediately connected the dots between physical principles and dance movements. Produced by Hillary Frank.
The 99 are Muslim kids with superpowers trying to protect the world (a critic calls them "X-Men in Middle Eastern drag"). They're the stars of a comic book that arrives in America this month. Brooke Darrah Shuman talked to creator Naif Al-Mutawa.
Hey, Let's Put on a Show!
The Extraordinaires are a punk band from Philadelphia. Last summer they got an idea in their heads to do a musical. They didn't have a budget, or any experience in musical theater... and they had only 8 weeks to learn. Jesse Dukes found out if they could pull it off.