Arts & Culture | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Arts & Culture

RSS Feed

Computer Science Major Becomes Hindu Dance Expert

Washington is hosting the Fall Festival of Indian Arts this week, which features poetry, music and a fusion of classical Indian dance with modern dance. Its founder Daniel Phoenix Singh grew up in a poor, fundamentalist Christian family in southern India and didn't see a live Indian dance performance until college. He works in IT during the day. He talks with Michel Martin about his journey into dance and his work bringing Indian dance to the U.S.

In 'Homeland,' It's Hard To Know Whom To Trust

Heroic POW or al-Qaida double agent? Howard Gordon, creator and producer of the new Showtime thriller, Homeland, talks about the twists and turns of the series, and explains why it's very different from his previous show, 24.

'Terrorists In Love': The Psychology Of Extremism

What motivates someone to become a terrorist? That's the question former prosecutor Ken Ballen set out to tackle when he traveled to Saudi Arabia and Indonesia to interview more than 100 Islamist extremists. "We've never sat back and said, 'Let's really understand our adversaries,' " he says.

Skipping The Ads On TV? Get Ready For The Shows That Are The Ads

Advertisers are looking for new ways to keep viewers from working around their advertisements. One way to do it is to just make the whole show into an ad, which is happening with products as diverse as Disney theme parks and Kenmore microwaves.
WAMU 88.5

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 5

Army Choir

Flashpoint gets specific, Dance Exchange gets crafty, the American Art Museum gets Encuentros and St. John’s gets the U.S. Army Chorus.


DVD Picks: 'The Honeymooners'

Bob Mondello recommends a new box set that brings you some of the forgotten moments of one of television's most influential series.

How The Financial Crisis Created A 'New Third World'

In Boomerang, writer Michael Lewis tells the stories of the countries hit hardest by the 2008 financial crisis. He also profiles some people who bet against European governments and are likely to make millions if and when they default.

Sesame Street Tackles Child Hunger, One Muppet At A Time

It's no surprise that Sesame Street is tackling a tough issue. It's been doing that from the start in 1969. Just in the last year, the show has featured a story line where a parent loses a job, and another on parent death.

Stevens Chronicles 'Five Chiefs' Of The Supreme Court

John Paul Stevens' new memoir is framed as a discussion about the office of the chief justice; it includes a brief history of the nation's first 12 chief justices, followed by thorough descriptions of the five he knew well. Stevens, now 91, retired in 2010 after nearly 35 years on the Supreme Court.