In a blog series we're calling "Weekly Innovation," we'll explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Last week we featuredthe sink-urinal. (Do you have an innovation to share?Use this quick form.)
Celebrating 22 years of blues in the Poconos, host Maxx Foxx welcomes Michael Cloeren from Pennsylvania Blues Festival, happening July 26-29 at Blue Mountain Ski Resort, to talk about this year’s festival. (Original air date, July 15, 2013.)
Welcome to “Stories in the Valley.” I’m your host, Charles Kiernan
Today’s subject is Philadelphia’s own Ed Stivender: Shakespearean actor, banjo player, theologian, mummer, juggler, and raconteur. Ed Stivender has been called “the Robin Williams of storytelling” and “a Catholic Garrison Keillor.”
The English language and cricket were Britain's two largest colonial legacies in India, says journalist James Astill, but it is the second of these bequests that is the subject of his important and incisive new book, The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption, And the Turbulent Rise of Modern India. Astill is a former bureau chief for the Economist in New Delhi, and he notes the parallels between the country's control of cricket and its dramatic economic rise.
What a loss. That's the thought that kept running through my head as I flagged one inspired rhyme after another in David Rakoff's risky (though hardly risqué) posthumous first novel. Why risky? For starters, Rakoff, who died of cancer last summer, at 47, chose to write this last book in verse — albeit an accessible, delightful iambic tetrameter that is more akin to Dr. Seuss than T.S. Eliot.