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Composer Erran Baron Cohen‘s latest CD Songs in the Key of Hanukkah offers a new take on traditional sounds. He talks about the album — and about collaborating with his brother Sacha Baron Cohen on the movie Borat. Recorded in London, Berlin and Tel Aviv, the compilation of songs combines klezmer, reggae, electronica and hip hop as it reinterprets classics. The album even features New York rapper Y-Love rhyming in Yiddish. Erran is a founding member of ZOHAR Sound System and DJ’s internationally and in London clubs. ALSO, you have to be pretty dedicated to your work to set yourself aflame for “research purposes” — but author Kevin Conley did just that. His new book The Full Burn: On the Set, at the Bar, Behind the Wheel, and Over the Edge with Hollywood Stuntmen catalogs the four years he spent following Hollywood stuntmen. Conley also wrote the book Stud: Adventures in Breeding and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, GQ, and Men’s Vogue among others.

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Hour One
CHARLES RAMSEY talks about his first year as Philadelphia Police Commissioner. We discuss budget cuts, the city’s crime rates, and how the department is coping with the loss of recently slain officers. Ramsey was chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia from 1998-2006. Before that, he served three decades in the Chicago Police Department. Listen to this show via Real Audio

Hour Two
Investors large and small are confronting losses of staggering amounts as a result of the what is believed to be a Ponzi-style scheme created by Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff. How did it work, how did he get away with it for so long, and what is the fallout? We talk with Wall Street Journal writer Robert Frank and behavioral economist HERSH SHEFRIN. Listen to this show via Real Audio

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DaviddyeNPR.jpgLondon’s Stereolab joins host David Dye to discuss their infectious new album, Chemical Chords. One of the most original alternative bands to come out of the ’90s, and helping define the genre of “post-rock,” Stereolab’s eclectic pop sound lays singsong style vocals over hypnotic rhythm tracks. Now they return with a collection that captures Motown and ’60s girl group vibes. And stay tuned in the second hour, for a performance from folk-electronica duo Department of Eagles.


WIKIPEDIA: Stan Brakhage (January 14, 1933March 9, 2003) was an American non-narrative filmmaker. He is regarded as one of the most important experimental filmmakers of the 20th century. He worked with various kinds of film: 16mm, 8mm, 35mm, and IMAX, and was a practitioner of what he referred to as “pure cinema“. MORE

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