Please...no more irony. No more post-modernism. No more hidden messages. Our head is about to explode! The work of musician/composer/creator Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) engages our sense of love as much as he does our IQ. He is a multi-generational human resource for all-things sonic and visual; private and cinematic; high and low. Just the way we like our art.
The new world requires new maps. We. In turn, need new cartographers to help us redraw the journey of the "Entrepreneur", the "Innovator", the "Risk-taker". Soledad O'Brien has reinvented these titles as swiftly as she's earned them; and, friends, she's just getting started.
Hampton Fancher, screenwriter/architect for BLADE RUNNER both then & now, joins us to discuss all of the impossibly random steps that led us back to 2049, including: bumping into Ray Bradbury on the street, chasing Charles Bukowski down in New York, and what a Nazi officer's diary taught Philip K. Dick about empathy. When the legend becomes fact, (still) print the fact.
With the passing of legendary Steely Dan co-father, Walter Becker, we're humbled to be joined by actor/writer/bassist Harry Shearer as he reflects on Mr. Becker and Mr. Donald Fagen's legendary musical progeny -- from the beautiful imperfection of Donald's voice; to Walter's insight into Derek Small's kidneys; to the value of collaborative tension -- Harry reels it all in.
The lines between art, sport and journalism are thinner than ever. Perhaps nonexistent. To wit, no one paints within these faint boxes better than ESPN's Dan Le Batard. Here he discusses his strategy (or lack thereof) on all media-and-microphone-based matters...and egos.
Two generations of The Blind Boys of Alabama: Mr. Jimmy Carter (the group's legendary co-Founder) and Mr. Joey Williams (at 25 years as a member, the "baby" of the Boys) check-in to discuss -- the difference between sight and vision, whether or not they'd accept an invitation to sing for the current President, and if art has the power to heal troubled times.
Artist James Jean (pictured here w/Mr. Sun) explores the artist's fear of and need for Exposure. James is a singular creator who counts amongst his collaborators Darren Aronofsky, Gerard Way, and the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. James likes to disappear; but we found him, and, here, so can you.
David Finkel - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient - checks-in to discuss how his time imbedded in Iraq changed his view of "war art". Why was Restrepo a greater struggle for him than The Hurt Locker? Which fantasies do war movies get correct, and what realities can they never possibly portray?
Larry Wilmore is adding a new job title : Podcaster. Here we get into his motivations to join its ranks, as well as -- his thoughts on the dis/advantages of podcasting, its artistry, its role-models; and, whether or not nice guys finish first.
Filmmaker/Writer/Proud-Aussie David Michôd checks-in to discuss the state of his homeland; it's art, its light, its craft, and its psyche. Is the country's adaptability its greatest strength or a vulnerability? What makes the Australian actor so versatile, but the native cine-love so fickle? All will be revealed in this fascinating chat with one of Australia's (New) New Wave.