34-year-old pianist Simone Dinnerstein scraped together the cash to record Bach's "Goldberg Variations." The album was picked up by a major label, and reached #1 on the Billboard classical charts. She performs live and tells Kurt why that piece never goes out of style.
A couple of years ago, a group of Canadian indie-rockers (some play in Arcade Fire) decided to write and play their own chamber music. Kurt talks with violinist Sarah Neufeld and bassist Richard Reed-Parry, and they perform live in the studio.
Betty Woodman reveals how she keeps coming up with new ideas after 50 years. And Taylor Mead, our candidate for oldest living beatnik, tells of his life as an "extremely semi-famous" artist. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.
Humorist Jack Handey reads several of his original tales. With the longest maxing out at four sentences, you'll wish he wrote sequels. They're from his collection What I'd Say to the Martians and Other Veiled Threats. With production by Jill BC DuBoff.
The "Birds' Nest" Olympic stadium isn't even the most incredible new structure in Beijing. Kurt was there recently, and reports on some of the amazing structures taking shape. From the look of things, the 21st century may belong to China.