Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, by Marcel Duchamp
From WNYC we bring you an excellent program dealing with art, music and media in 1913.
“What a year was 1913! In an exhibition in a New York Armory, Cubism and abstraction were revealed to the American public for the first time. In Vienna, audience members at a concert of atonal music by Schoenberg and others broke out into a near-riot. And in Paris, Stravinsky and Nijinsky’s new ballet The Rite of Springburst on stage with famously inflammatory results.
“Culture Shock 1913 tells the stories behind these and other ground-breaking events that year, and goes back to consider the years leading up to this mad, Modernist moment. WNYC’s Sara Fishko speaks with thinkers, authors, musicians, art curators and historians about this unsettling, shocking era of sweeping change –and the not-so-subtle ways in which it mirrors our own uncertain age.”
Host/Executive Producer:Sara Fishko
Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Editor: Karen Frillmann Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister, additional mixing by Edward Haber.
A special episode of This American Life with Ira Glass. Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it much after.
Ira talks to John Biewen about how remarkable it is that he could grow up in a town and never learn about the most significant event in its history. This show about Native Americans and settlers was first broadcast on Thanksgiving weekend, on the 150th anniversary of the war. (4 minutes)
John meets up with Gwen Westerman, a Dakota woman who moved to Mankato twenty years ago, also having no idea about its history. Together they travel to historic sites across Minnesota, reconstructing the story of what led to the war between the Dakota and the settlers. (25 minutes)
John continues the story of the Dakota War of 1862, and how it resulted in the expulsion of the Dakota people from the state of Minnesota. Then John goes back to his hometown to see how this history is being taught today in his old high school. He speaks with historian Mary Wingerd, author of North Country: The Making of Minnesota, about why so many people — including both of them — grew up in Mankato and never find out about the war. And he witnesses Dakota people, on the 150th anniversary of the war, crossing the state line and returning to Minnesota. (26 minutes)
Don’t worry. It’s not today! We’re talking about the Armistice Day Blizzard. This monster storm took place in the Midwest region of the United States on 11 November (Armistice Day) and 12 November 1940.
The intense early-season “Panhandle hook“ winter storm cut a 1,000-mile-wide (1600 km) path through the middle of the country from Kansas to Michigan. The storm hit Minnesota especially hard.
Here we have a wonderful installment of MN History in 90 seconds from our friends at Ampers.
What can we say but JOHN LENNON? This polycast was made with much love and respect to honor Lennon on the anniversary of his death. The program features music and commentary by John himself.
You’ll be treated to a few great covers of both Beatles songs and Lennon solo. We’ll also hear from David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Nancy Sinatra and Marilyn Manson.
We’ve unearthed BBC and CBS reporting of his death in 1980. And to top it all off we’ve included a documentary on the 1995 release of the first new Beatles recording in two decades. Enjoy and be inspired! And how do you like this little collage of Lennon photos?
People on social media can be really rotten to each other. Recently, I was told that my question was a STUPID QUESTION.
That whole discourse inspired me to explore the art of question asking, and of course I landed on KOANS. Koans are questions asked of students of Buddhism which are intended to increase a student’s insight on their path to enlightenment.
Find out what my stupid question was in this podcast. Also find out what one person on social media provided as an answer to my stupid question. And when you’re done listening, please, go out and ask your own questions. – Alex Velocity
Now that we as a nation have had our yearly genocide orgy and following consumerist pandamonium, it’s time for a few moments of Clarity. The truth of Thanksgiving is not at all taught in school or demonstrated in pop culture.
Native American Historian, Mike Ely wrote a great essay on the subject back in 2008 and it has been produced into a podcast. We offer that to you here. This is not a pretty story. It may be shocking to some.