This summer, Iron Maiden is on a massive world tour. To the despair of some fans, they won't be stopping in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. Ruxandra Guidi stumbled onto a diehard fan base for a British metal band that had its last hit 20 years ago.
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.
On America's first highways, road signs were hand-painted on wood. When interstates became standardized, so did the typeface. But in all sorts of conditions it still looks fuzzy. Designer Don Meeker helped bring signage back into focus. Produced by Derek John.
Several of the year's Oscar-nominated movies -- "Into the Wild", "I'm Not There", "Persepolis", and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" -- address the quest for personal freedom. In the last few months Kurt had the opportunity to talk with the directors of these films: Sean Penn, Todd Haynes, Marjane Satrapi, and Julian Schnabel.
Since the 1950s, Art Rosenbaum has traveled all over the U.S. recording endangered music -- from Appalachian banjo players to Mexican farm workers. Philip Graitcer went with Rosenbaum on a recent recording trip in northern Georgia.