Some much older podcast listenings

MoCA
Exhibition curator Brooke Hodge leads a walkthrough of Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture
Exhibition curator Brooke Hodge leads a walkthrough of Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture.

Politics of Culture
In what’s become an annual tradition, the always fascinating David Sefton gives us the skinny on the upcoming season of international theater and other performing arts events, taking place at UCLA this year.

Design and Architecture
You don’t hear much about design in the healthcare reform debate, but the way a hospital is planned may affect the way you heal. We hear about the “hospital of the future,” under construction in the Southland. Plus, advice on scarifying creations for Halloween from Where the Wild Things Are and from two Los Angeles window dressers.

iTunes Weekly Rewind
This week, we’re listening in on some of the best music of 2010, as chosen by iTunes staff members.

If April is the cruelest month, perhaps December is the most contentious, as the annual ritual of compiling “Best Of” lists generates a frenzy of critical opinion and enough heated discussion to light up a forest of transplanted fir trees. We hope you enjoyed our reasons for highlighting the work of the Black Keys, Eminem, Lady Antebellum and Bruno Mars, among other 2010 standouts, but we feel a little guilty for not devoting more podcast minutes to briefly mentioned breakthrough act, Best Coast. Here’s why we think they’re here to stay.

Fronted by Bethany Cosentino, with staunch support from Bobb Bruno and recently inducted drummer Ali Koehler, Best Coast has cracked a winning noise-pop formula by striking a near-perfect balance of familiar elements — cruise through debut album Crazy for You, on which most songs clock in around the two-and-a-half minute mark, and you’ll find “echoes” (and we choose the word with care, given the reverberating sonic feel of the release) of punk era wizards the Ramones and the Buzzcocks, a plethora of surf and garage rockers old and new, modern West Coast wonder-girl Jenny Lewis (who shares with Cosentino a pre-pubescent brush with L.A. showbiz), and those ’60s girl groups distinguished by collaboration with Phil Spector. Wherever distortion appears on the album, it’s an unforced accent, not a mechanical assault, and you quickly find yourself wanting to sink deeper into the band’s comforting layers of pop-fuzz.

While Cosentino indulges a lyrical obsession with romance, indolence and cats, there’s far more going on here than first meets the ear. Check out “When I’m With You” and you’ll hear an artist who hits an honest emotional note without spilling her guts all over the place: the way she slowly and sweetly drawls “I hate sleeping alone” will follow you from shower to sidewalk — in fact, every track here nails the old grey whistle test, pop’s most fundamental measuring stick. The charm of the album’s title track emerges from the way she’s so upbeat about all the things that drive her mad about her other half. If you’d like a sense of where this hugely promising outfit is heading, cue up “Our Deal” which follows a thread of emotional complexity without ever deserting the band’s simple songwriting principles. Watch this space.

iTunes New Music Tuesday
New music from The Fray, Kanye West, The Killers and more!

Humanist Network News
In HNN #26 we travel to Yale University to speak to former surgeon and author Dr. Richard Selzer about humanism and healing. Selzer’s vivid autobiographical essays give us a rare glimpse into a surgeon’s world. Selzer’s literature marries the harsh realities of blood, broken bones and death with the compassionate reflections of a humanist and a healer. His books include: Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery, Confessions of a Knife, and Letters to a Young Doctor. Segment 1: Faith, Atheism & Healing Interview: Dr. Richard Selzer reads an excerpt from his memoir, Down From Troy: A Doctor Comes of Age. He speaks with HNN co-host Duncan Crary about his relationship to faith as a surgeon, an author and a humanist. Segment 2: The Surgeon as Priest Interview: Selzer reads an excerpt of The Surgeon As Priest from Mortal Lessons. He talks about his decision to donate his body to science and shares his views on the religious controversies regarding stem-cell research and physician assisted suicide. Segment 3: Humanism & The Art of Surgery Interview: Selzer reads another excerpt of The Surgeon As Priest from Mortal Lessons. He explains why he infuses humanistic ideas into his writing about surgery. Dr. Selzer also shows Duncan the Gutenberg Bible on display at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Segment 4: On Suburban Mega Churches Listener Comment: In response to last month’s interview with suburban sprawl critic James Howard Kunstler, HNN listener Charles Sontag points out that rise of suburban mega churches has had a negative impact on politics, social relations and religion. Segment 5: Answering to the Swedes Interview:Swedish physicist SÃren Holst visited the Institute for Humanist Studies to learn about humanism in the United States. This is an excerpt from his conversation with IHS President Larry Jones regarding the separation of religion and government. I Ain’t Afraid by Holly Near from Edge More about this song (HNN Theme Song). SIRSY Fireflies from Revolution John Parkes Darkness from Faithlessnessless (AAZ Records) Keller Williams Breathe from 12 (SCI Fidelity Records) The London Symphony Orchestra Nutcracker Ballet Suite Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite / 1812 Overture (Everest Records)

In this month’s audio podcast, Jende speaks with Harvard Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein about his new book “Good without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.”

Groove Salad Taste of the Week
Flashback to November 2005 from the archives.
Groove Salad Taste of the Week
A taste of Psychill this week, featuring Bassnectar, Phutureprimitive, Bluetech. Just some of the great ingredients on SomaFM’s Groove Salad, commercial-free, listener supported radio from SomaFM.com
Groove Salad Taste of the Week

Democracy Now!
Headlines for March 05, 2010; String of Election-Related Bombings Fuels US Talk of Delayed Iraq Withdrawal; Hundreds of Thousands Take Part in National Day of Action to Defend Public Education; Leading Education Scholar Diane Ravitch: No Child Left Behind Has Left US Schools with Legacy of “Institutionalized Fraud”

Headlines for March 08, 2010; International Women’s Day Marked Around the World; Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi Presses Iran on Human Rights and Warns Against International Sanctions; During Oscar Acceptance Speech, Mo’Nique Cites Hattie McDaniel, First African American Academy Award Winner; Bloody Sunday: Thousands Mark Anniversary of 1965 Selma-Montgomery March

Headlines for March 09, 2010; The Real Climategate: Conservation Groups Align with World’s Worst Polluters; 105,000 Tattoos: Iraqi Artist Wafaa Bilal Turns His Own Body into a Canvas to Commemorate Dead Iraqis & Americans

Burning Down the House
The premier of Burning Down the House is moderated by architect and writer Curtis B. Wayne. The discussion centers around the Roman ideals of “fimitatis, utilitatis” and “venustatis” in architecture, with architects Roderick L. Knox and George Y. Sawick

The Approachable Architect
episode 006. upcycling #38; repurposing with ecodiva, taryn hipwell
in this podcast, i interview ecodiva, taryn hipwell and her sister janell hipwell. we discuss taryn’s passion for fashion, the concept of repurposing (which taryn was doing at 14 years old before anyone knew what it was), the concept of upcycling (the now trendy term for recycling), and her green efforts at warner brothers studios. we also discuss taryn’s ecodivas brand (which is pronounced with a long e, not eh)nbsp;and the exciting future for ecodivas. you can find more information about taryn and ecodivas at http://www.ecodivastv.com.
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AIA Architecture Knowledge Review
Hagy Belzberg, AIA, broke the mold with the design of his luxurious and polished restaurant Patina, located in Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Recently, Mr. Belzberg spoke with the AIA Podcast Network’s Phil Simon, Managing Director, Marketing and Promotion, about the future of design using the latest in technology.

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