NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t

Listen to this story...Cultural historian Christopher Frayling is the author of Once Upon A Time in Italy: The Westerns of Sergio Leone, a large-format, beautifully illustrated book that chronicles the history of the spaghetti western. Frayling tells the story of the movie genre and the iconic director through researched text and interviews with Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Eli Wallach. Frayling is rector at London’s Royal College of Art and a professor of cultural history. He is also chair of themorric_enni_thegoodth_101b.jpg Arts Council of England. He’s known for his broadcast work on the BBC and has written more than a dozen books on arts and culture. Ennio Morricone, who composed music for the Sergio Leone films, will be awarded an honorary Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards. PLUS A Fistful of Music, a box-set of composer Ennio Morricone’s music, was recently released by Rhino records. ALSO: DAVID EDELSTEIN reviews An Unreasonable Man, a new documentary about Ralph Nader.
Listen to this story...This morning some 20,000 spectators gathered to witness the Wing Bowl. It’s one of hundreds of eating contests held each year around the country. Why do people compete and why do we watch them? We talk with JASON FAGONE, author of “Horsemen of the Esophagus,” Penn psychology professor PAUL ROZIN, and competitive eater DAVID “COONDOG” O’KARMA.

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