This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)

A cut from Peter Gabriel’s 1986 Album “So” featuring Laurie Anderson on vocals.


Music and media files

Nora Ephron interviewed by Armistead Maupin

Lifted from the radio series City Arts & Lectures.  This program was originally recorded Sept 12 2006 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and broadcast Oct 18 2006 on KQED FM.  26.6 MB - Running time 58 mins

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS from WNYC’s “Selected Shorts” Excerpts from three memories of Paris by American icons—Charles Lindberg, Ernest Hemingway, and Isadora Duncan.

First, an excerpt from Lindbergh’s memoir THE SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS, in which he describes the final hours of his epic pioneering transatlantic flight, coming in at night with his gas tanks nearing empty, searching for the lights of Paris and the runways of Le Bourget airport.

Second, Hemingway’s A MOVEABLE FEAST captures the Paris of literature, love, and picturesque poverty. This excerpt recalls the charm of the famous bookstore Shakespeare & Company, cheap French meals, and love in the afternoon.

Third, Isadora Duncan’s memoir of Paris at the start of her career; romancing several beaus and beginning to create the luminous persona that would make her the toast of more than one capital.

Tajtunes from Steve Hoge to Joy

Recording of an Indian singing telegram from that I sent to Mom as a get-well message after her knee surgery.  Running time 2:28 minutes

Erran Baron Cohen interviewed on Fresh Air

Terry Gross interviews Erran Baron Cohen (brother of Sacha “Borat” Cohen) who has released “Songs in the Key of Hanukka” an album of Jewish rap music in time for the 2008 holiday season.  31 minute interview.

Travels to the Edge - Art Wolfe

A behind-the-scenes episode of Travels to the Edge that illustrates the production techniques used by Art Wolfe and his 4-man crew as they travel all over the world.

The World You Understand (Is Over+Over+Over)

Eloise and Abelard, at Pere Lachaise on the 4th of July

By Scritti Politti, from Anomie & Bonhomie