Some more recently heard podcasts

The Onion Radio News
Spokeswomen gives birth to a Spokeschild
MIT Scientists Split the Smithereen
Pacifist Rooster is Torn Apart in Cockfight

On Point Radio
We speak with Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach for America, about the state of America’s teachers.

World Cafe Next
The first thing listeners will probably notice about the indie-pop band Tilly and the Wall is its use of tap-dancing in place of drumming. But it’s the group’s infectious blend of girl-group vocal harmonies and tightly constructed pop that makes it far more than the sum of its gimmicks.

Second Stage from All Songs Considered
Like so many great journeys, “Orienteering” begins with a quiet moment of introspection and finishes with loud, rocking catharsis. Alongside bandmates Tom Thompson (pedal steel guitar, keys), Brennan Pilkington (drums), Simon Wright (bass), and Nicholas Dyson (trumpet), songwriter Ben Wilson records as That’s the Spirit. “Orienteering” is one of those songs that seems perfect for an early-morning road trip through the countryside. The folky pop songs on the band’s debut album (Staying Places) are held together by gorgeous production, intricate arrangements and a travel-based theme that Wilson says was made for “explorers and armchair travelers alike” — and was inspired by “misadventures as much as adventures.”

NPR Music
Stories: 1) Rodrigo y Gabriela: Mixing Metal and Mexico 2) Will Unlocking Online Songs Spur Sales Growth? 3) Recording a Song a Day, Every Day

NPR Live Concerts
Jenny Lewis in concert. With host Bob Boilen. Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis has a hauntingly soulful voice. Her latest CD, Rabbit Fur Coat is inspired by her lifelong love for folk, country and Southern gospel, with beautifully crafted story songs. Hear her recorded live from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club originally webcast on NPR.org October 15, 2006. (REALLY GOOD SHOW!!)

Fresh Air
Stories: 1) What The Financial Bill Did And Didn’t Do 2) ‘Cookbook Collector’: Updated Austen Hits The Spot

All Songs Considered
Spring music preview: Prince, Built to Spill, more. With host Bob Boilen.

Music Interviews
The great Bob Marley called Dennis Brown the best reggae singer in the world. The name “crown prince” stuck with Brown for much of his 30-year career, but his fans say he ranks second to no one. He cut his first hit when he was only 11, and over the next three decades recorded more than 75 albums packed with hits.

On The Media
Special: The Future of the Music Industry

New Urban Architect
In a recent Architect Magazine article, urban designer Jeff Speck prompted plenty of discussion when he offered a lighthearted synopsis of New Urbanism’s most vocal critics. ‘Libs, Mods, & Saints’, he calls them.
In the New Urban Architect Podcast episode #7, Speck expands on the ideas covered in the article and more.
Speck is best known for his co-authorship of the recently released Smart Growth Manual, as well as Suburban Nation: The Rise and Fall of the American Dream. To learn more about him, check out his website.
The audio can also be directly accessed here. Right-click to download or left-click to listen within a new window.

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston: Films
Houston filmmaker Raymond Gayles documentary Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker is a lively contribution to the history of rock music, examining reasons behind the lack of commercial success experienced by many contemporary black rock musicians.

Musicheads
We chatted about two high-profile and much anticipated new releases this week, and both with a local angle to boot.
First, Low are out with their latest, “Drums and Guns.” It’s their second with famed producer Dave Fridman (Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) at the controls, but easily the band’s most experimental CD ever — much more so than their previous collaboration, “The Great Destroyer.”
Then we turned to singer/songwriter/violinist/guitarist/whistler extraordinaire (and big favorite with Current fans) Andrew Bird, who’s new disc, “Armchair Apocrypha,” features prominent contributions from local luminaries Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, and others (and was even partially recorded in the Twin Cities).

Mother Jones
This is the weekly podcast from Mother Jones. Gretchen Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project. In the new book, Rubin chronicles the year she spent trying to sing in the morning, focus on the positive, clean her closets and generally enjoy life. In the process, she test-drove recommendations by everyone from self-help gurus to the Dalai Lama. Laura McClure spoke with Rubin about her experience, and her tips for leading a happier life.

MOMA: Think Modern Graduate Symposium 2006: Introduction and “The Global Rules of Art”
Think Modern: Adult and Academic Programs Audio Archive offers recordings of artists, scholars, critics, and writers sharing their in-depth knowledge of the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and contemporary issues in symposia readings, and discussions.

MOMA Talks: Conversations
Without Boundary: Meditations on Truth
Understanding work by artists who come from the Islamic world raises complex questions, especially when examined within a postcolonial and Western context. Artists Shirin Neshat and Walid Raad, and Gavatri Chakravorty Spivak, Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, discuss diverse interpretations of truth, as well as how they review, revise, and subvert received understandings of the Islamic world. Note: Only three minutes of Walid Raad’s lecture are included in this recording. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking.

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