DOG DAYS: Dr. Dog, Rittenhouse Square, Last Night [Photo by TIFFANY YOON]
THE WORLD CAFE
David Dye welcomes Dr. Dog for a special session mixed by the celebrated producer, Steve Lillywhite, at Avatar Studios in New York. Fate, the fifth album from this Philadelphia based five-piece is already drawing stellar reviews. As the band’s national recognition continues to grow, they’ve remained true to their bouncy rock style, mixing intricate harmonies with ’60s pop beats driving each song forward. They also aren’t afraid to come back with another concept album, manifesting the theme of fate creatively throughout the record. In the second hour, Steve Lillywhite sticks around to reveal behind-the-scenes stories from production of the Dave Matthews Band mainstay record, Crash.
Glen Campbell is one of the most enduring names in show business — he started his career in the 1950s, and he’s put out 70 albums since. So the title of the latest record from the country-pop singer may strike some as a little ironic: It’s called Meet Glen Campbell. Campbell is best known for hits like “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Galveston,” and “Southern Nights.” He has won two Golden Globes and one Grammy award. Campbell also had a career as an actor, and hosted his own television variety show, the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.
The latest developments in space news with DERRICK PITTS, chief astronomer of the Franklin Institute. We discuss water on Mars, Pluto’s planet status, and the Hubble Space Telescope’s 100,000th orbit. Water was found in Martian permafrost – is there life on Mars? In 2006 Pluto’s planet status was demoted by the International Astronomical Union. And this weekend The Great Planet Debate is being held in Maryland to discuss if planets are passé. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
In the 1950s, American gangsters made Havana, Cuba its hub with casinos, hotels, and nightclubs and patrons including John F. Kennedy and Frank Sinatra. The story of the rise and fall of the mob in Havana is told by T.J. ENGLISH in his new book, “Havana Nocturne.” English is a writer, whose books include “The Westies,” “Paddy Whacked” and “Born to Kill.” He has written for Esquire, Playboy, and New York Magazine and been a screenwriter for NYPD Blue and Homicide. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
361: Fear of Sleep
Host Ira Glass talks about his own fear of sleep, and we hear from people who have very strong reasons of their own to fear sleep. We also hear sound of troubled sleepers from a DVD put together by Doctors Carlos Schenck and Mark Mahowald of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center. Dr. Schenck is also the author of the books Sleep and Paradox Lost. (8 minutes) Act One. Stranger In the Night. Mike Birbiglia talks about the sleepwalking that nearly killed him. It’s an excerpt of his one-man show “Sleepwalk with Me” that begins Off-Broadway in October. Check out Mike’s website, with his tourdates and other work. Both his comedy albums are available for download at the iTunes store. The poem Ira reads in this act is called “The Scratch.” It’s in Raymon Carver’s collection All Of Us. (13 minutes) Act Two. Sleep’s Tiniest Enemies. This American Life producers Nancy Updike and Robyn Semien report on critters that can kill sleep: cockroaches and bedbugs. (11 minutes) Act Three. The Bitter Fruits of Wakefulness. Joel Lovell explains why, as an 11-year-old, he trained himself not to fall asleep, and how that had some unintended consequences. Note that the Internet version of this story has slightly different language than the version broadcast on the radio. (10 minutes) Act Four. Hollywood-Induced Nightmare. This American Life‘s own Production Manager Seth Lind explains how he ended up watching Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining when he was six years old, and how it led to two years where every night he had trouble falling asleep and nightmares. Seth is a member of the improv comedy group Thank You, Robot. (7 minutes) Act Five. A Small Taste of the Big Sleep. For some people, the fear of sleep is linked to the fear of death. We hear from some of them. In the radio broadcast version of this act, Ira Glass also read from Philip Larkin‘s poem, “Aubade.” (3 minutes)