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Creepers, Golliwog, Spalding

Studio 360 - January 18, 2038 - 11:14pm
Kurt Andersen talks to novelist Anne Rice about the mystery and allure of monsters across movies, art, and literature.
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Sideshow Podcast: Kutiman Keeps Making Music Thru You(Tube)

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If YouTube had an A&R genius, his name would be Kutiman. The Israeli musician and video editor, whose real name is Ophir Kutiel, charmed millions in 2009 with Thru You, an album of music he created by selecting YouTube musicians’ videos and layering them into new tracks.  Earlier this month, Kutiman released Thru You Too. The novelty has worn off, but the new record shows that Kutiman’s method was never just a gimmick: he makes terrific songs that happen to use videos as his instruments.  

The idea came to him while watching an instructional drumming video featuring the famed session drummer Bernard Purdie. “Apparently he’s the most amazing drummer in the world, and I didn’t know,” Kutiman says. His first intuition was to write bass and guitar parts to accompany Purdie, but he ended up finding other music on YouTube that gelled with the drums. He kept layering samples and videos until he ended up with “The Mother of All Funk Chords.” His art form had found him.

On Thru You Too, Kutiman is still sampling and layering, but his focus is now is more on the songwriting. “The first one was more about the concept and I tried different genres,” he says. “This time I really felt like creating this album of ballads, of singers, trying to make people forget it’s coming from YouTube.” His sophomore effort hasn’t garnered nearly as much press, but his fans stayed loyal: the album’s first single, “Give It Up,” hit a million views shortly after being uploaded last month. 

Kutiman’s work violates YouTube’s terms of service, but no one seems to mind. It probably helps that he doesn’t make any money from the project. “It’s not for the money,” he says. “I earn my living producing, playing, and performing.” Since becoming internet-famous, he has directed a Maroon 5 music video, performed at the Guggenheim Museum, and collaborated with PBS Digital Studios to create “Thru Tokyo” – a live version of the mash-up form he perfected from his bedroom. Together, the various gigs pay for the groceries. “I don’t eat much,” says Kutiman. 

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In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

Morning Edition - 1 hour 13 min ago

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

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Chinese Telecom Company Offers To Make Pockets iPhone-Sized

Morning Edition - 2 hours 43 min ago

China Unicom's tailor has set up a sewing machine, ready to alter concerned customers' pants so that the larger version of the phone will fit in their pockets.

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Is That A Spoonful Of Spooky Cereal In Your Beer?

Morning Edition - 2 hours 48 min ago

In Fort Collins, Colo., Black Bottle Brewery employees went into two stores and bought their entire inventory of Count Chocula cereal. The brewery says the cereal will go into a series of beers.

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Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

NPR News - 3 hours 9 min ago

The Olympian was convicted of culpable homicide last month — rather than a more serious charge of premeditated murder — for the 2013 fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his home.

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How To Pick An English Name (Tip: Stay Away From Food)

Morning Edition - 3 hours 23 min ago

China Central Television has a guide for helping people pick alternative English names for those studying the language or working for international firms. Among its warnings: "Many Chinese like to pick names that are in fact, not names."

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The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

NPR Education - 3 hours 23 min ago

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?

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Winners And Losers of The Fall TV Season Begin to Emerge

NPR Arts & Culture - 3 hours 23 min ago

One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Winners And Losers of The Fall TV Season Begin to Emerge

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One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Kurds Leave Life In Europe To Fight ISIS In Their Iraqi Homeland

NPR News - 3 hours 23 min ago

Until August, 24-year-old Aza Betwata was in Holland, enjoying beef and cabbage and studying to be a social worker. Now, he's among the hundreds of exiled Kurds who have returned and taken up arms.

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Going Into World Series, Giants And Royals Play Winning Baseball

Morning Edition - 3 hours 23 min ago

Game One of the World Series is Tuesday night between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are playing in their third World Series in the last five years, and it's the first for the Royals since 1985. Steve Inskeep gets a preview from NPR's Tom Goldman.

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Kurds Leave Life In Europe To Fight ISIS In Their Iraqi Homeland

Morning Edition - 3 hours 23 min ago

Until August, 24-year-old Aza Betwata was in Holland, enjoying beef and cabbage and studying to be a social worker. Now, he's among the hundreds of exiled Kurds who have returned and taken up arms.

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Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

Morning Edition - 3 hours 23 min ago

The Confederate flag is a sign of bigotry to some. For others, says reporter Jesse Dukes, it symbolizes family heritage and defiance — but also what he calls a "willful innocence" about U.S. history.

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Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dies

Morning Edition - 3 hours 24 min ago

Oscar de la Renta died at the age of 82 on Monday. Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan about the designer's legacy.

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California Proposition Re-evaluates Approach To Crime

Morning Edition - 3 hours 24 min ago

California's Proposition 47 would make several nonviolent crimes into misdemeanors, like forgery, drug possession for personal use, and petty theft. The idea is to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the state. The move is part of a backlash against the state's three-strikes-you're-out law, passed 20 years ago.

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What Ferguson, Mo., Could Learn From A Small Michigan Town

Morning Edition - 3 hours 24 min ago

Eleven years ago, Benton Harbor, Mich., was a lot like Ferguson, Mo. It was a small town where racial tension with police reached a boiling point. Afterward there were promises of change for the city.

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Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

Morning Edition - 3 hours 24 min ago

One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dies

NPR Arts & Culture - 3 hours 24 min ago

Oscar de la Renta died at the age of 82 on Monday. Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan about the designer's legacy.

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The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

NPR News - 3 hours 24 min ago

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?

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