• Crossing the Color Line with Julian Bond

    November 12, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    This is Julian Bond, the famous social activist and former chairman of the NAACP, in a photo taken at a Vietnam anti-war rally in 1966.  He's only 26 years old, and just a year before, he was one of eight African Americans elected to Georgia's House of Representatives after the passage of historic civil rights legislation.  Today,we know Bond from his decades of public service.  But do we know about his passion for music?  In Crossing the Color Line: Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, WBGO's Felix Hernandez speaks to Bond about his fondness for Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, and other key rockers who helped fuel America's fight for equal rights.  Produced by Simon Rentner.

    Listen to Crossing the Color Line with Julian Bond and Felix Hernandez by clicking below:

  • When MB Met Fred

    November 9, 2010. Posted by Andrew Meyer.

    The Brooklyn Museum is showing a retrospective of artist Fred Tomaselli now through January 2nd. Tomaselli’s work involves a collage of mixed media: painting, photographs, and a variety of images that have become Tomaselli signatures. Birds. Bugs. Leaves. Beads. Even actual pills that he sticks onto the pieces. One of his most amusing works shows a colossal baby trampling a cityscape like Godzilla. It’s Tomaselli’s son, and as you look closer you see that the cityscape is actually a jumble of toys. One of his most spectacular pieces shows Adam and Eve driven out from a burst of eyes and teeth and creatures, a Big Bang of life’s miscellany. He’s also done works that look like intimate close-ups of chemical elements or human cells. Microcosms. Macrocosms. And sometimes both all at once. I talked with Fred Tomaselli at his Brooklyn studio for the 11/12/10 WBGO Journal. You can hear the entire interview as a web extra, and you can see here a slideshow of Tomaselli’s works in the show at the Brooklyn Museum.

    -Michael Bourne

  • Singers Unlimited: 25 Years

    November 5, 2010. Posted by Kien Lac.

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    Listen to a hand-picked selection of Singers Unlimited shows over the past 25 years:

    Loss, Love, Life: Ironically, our finest hour on WBGO was after 9/11. So many radio and TV stations were knocked off the air, and for a week we became a mostly news station. We played no music during the day. I'd read a weather break or tell where to give blood. I heard from countless listeners that just hearing us on the air, even when not playing music, meant something that mattered to listeners, something like continuity, or hope. I'd been on the radio almost 30 years by then, and I'd never before realized how intimate is the relationship we have with our listeners. When Sunday came, I programmed a "Singers Unlimited" with songs about love and loss and life going on. NPR asked me to encapsulate the show into an hour for the network website, and here's that show.

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