Under the stage names Bostich and Fussible, Ramon Amezcua and Pepe Mogt make fantastic dance music that mixes Mexican folk with electronica. Based in Tijuana, they tell Kurt how living on the border feeds their music. Their latest album is called Tijuana Sound Machine.
Kurt phones the guy who gave him his first break as a writer nearly a third of a century ago ? the film critic Gene Shalit.
Kurt checks in with a Columbia University physicist (and novelist) who's anxiously awaiting the LHC's first particle collisions. Janna Levin is the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.
When the Congolese civil war broke out in 1998, the novelist Emmanuel Dongala and his family fled Brazzaville. While he was hiding with 40 others in a house as rockets hissed by and exploded just a few meters away, books became Dongala's refuge. Produced by Michele Siegel.
The actor reads poetry by Thomas Lux, Martín Espada, and Galway Kinnell.