Playlist: It Works
Compiled By: Rene Dongo
From WAMU | 05:57
A look at the evolution of Hip-Hop music.
Barack Obama-The Campaign for President
Barack Obama - The journey to the White House, reMixed in words & music-introduced by Robert F. Kennedy and featuring Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, John McCain, Chris Rock, Colin Powell, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Steve Harvey, Will. i. am, Hillary Clinton, The Pointer Sisters, The Drifters, John Legend, Homer Simpson, Moby, Bruce Springsteen, Ted Kennedy, FDR, The Little Rascals, Kevin So, Branford Marsalis, M.C. Yogi, Martin Luther King Jr, Sam Cooke, John Lewis, Quiet Village, David Letterman, Tim Russert. Katie Couric, Charles Gibson, Matt Damon, Roy Budd, Iron & Wine, Dephazz, Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, various politicians, excited voters...and Barack Obama.
Yes We Can!
In the world of film, I think Judd Apatow is the new Woody Allen.
In the world of film, I think Judd Apatow is the new Woody Allen.
Almost anyone who grew up in the 1970s has heard of Woody Allen. He has directed and written movies like Bananas, Manhattan, and Annie Hall. Allen’s films tend to be about the ridiculous aspects of life – such as relationships, death, social pressure, and idiosyncrasies --- as shown in this scene from his film Bananas:
ALLEN: "I…I have to tell you something and I don’t know how to break it
Why, is something the matter? Have you seen x-rays of me?
(laughing) I saw x-rays of you (laughing)
I fail to see the humor in this…
Oh, you didn’t see the x-rays
Wha- tell me whatsa matter-
No, nothing I’m just-
Cuz I’m worried, you know when you’re heart beats…my heart is beating-
I know, I know, I know I just don’t think we should see each other anymore.”
If you know anything about pop culture today, then you’ve probably heard of Judd Apatow. He’s the man behind off-beat comedies such as Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Pineapple Express. Although I think they tend to be less intellectual and more vulgar than Allen’s films, Apatow’s movies too address the absurdity of life and relationships. Knocked Up, one of Apatow’s most popular movies, is about an unplanned pregnancy and the relationships that result from it.
“They seem to love bubbles.
Oh God, they go apeshit over bubbles.
They’re really going apeshit
I mean…that’s an incredible thing about a child. I mean, what’s so great about bubbles?
They float, you can pop ‘em. I mean I get it, I get it.
I wish I liked anything as much as my kids like bubbles.
It’s totally sad. Their smiling faces just point out your inability to enjoy anything.
Am I gonna be ok, man?
Oh, who knows? Is anybody ok? I’m not ok. You’re asking the wrong guy. Just don’t ask me to lend you any money, ok?
Can I just have some?
My sister, Jeannette, who is a big fan of both Allen and Apatow movies, likes them for one reason in particular – the dialogue.
JEANETTE: They both have a lot of witty dialogue between typically male characters, it seems, or… references to pop culture or to… a lot of Woody Allen movies have references to New York culture or to things that were going on at the time… The same is true of Apatow movies…like in the 40 Year Old Virgin at the end when he starts dancing to The Age of Aquarius… That was great!
Not only do both directors produce movies filled with clever dialogue, they also use scores of obscure cultural references. Matt Socey, host of WFYI’s Movie Sociology, says it is these references that make both directors immensely popular with their audiences:
SOCEY: “It’s referential humor when it comes to history or pop culture…That, you either get it or you don’t get it. But if you do get it, it’s a 500 foot home-run, out of the ball park hilarious.”
However, it’s not just their comedic similarities that make this comparison legitimate, but the peculiar heart-warming characters that their films share. For example, Isaac Davis, the neurotic comedy writer looking for the right relationship in Allen’s Manhattan:
ALLEN: “An idea for a short story about…uh…people in Manhattan who are constantly creating these real unnecessary neurotic problems for themselves ‘cause it keeps them from dealing with more unsolvable, terrifying, problems about the universe…(mumbling)…Well it has to be optimistic… wha-… alright, why is life worth living, that’s a very good question. Well there are certain things that make it worthwhile. Like what? Well, for me, I would say…Groucho Marx, to name one thing…and uh…Willie Mays…the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony, and um…Louis Armstrong, recording of Potato Head Blues…um, Swedish movies, naturally; Sentimental Education by Flaubert; uhhh…Marlon Brando; Frank Sinatra; ummm… those incredible apples and pears by Cezanne; uh… the crabs at Sam Wo’s; Tracy’s face… (Music)”
Both Apatow’s and Allen’s movies are more than just silly comedies. They help put life’s everyday burdens and anxieties into perspective by making people laugh and by providing characters, such as Allen’s ditzy but loveable Annie Hall or Apatow’s goofy pothead Ben, which people recognize and can relate to.
SOCEY: “What Apatow has been getting praise for that last few years, he’s been making comedies that involve three- dimensional characters and he’s given a little bit of heart and in some cases a lot of heart.”
Probably the most valuable gift that that both Allen and Apatow give with their films is that they address life’s really frightening and disconcerting issues in a manner that takes the dread out of them and makes them more manageable. Alvy Singer probably explains the basic subject matter covered by both directors best during the opening scene of Annie Hall:
There’s an old joke, um, two elderly women are at a Catskill Mountain resort and one of them says, “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” And the other one says, “ Yeah, I know… And such small portions!” Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and… It’s all over, much too quickly.
For Y-Press, I’m Nick Greven
From Deanna Neil | 06:32
A 1st person feature story surrounding the film "Making Trouble"
This is a 1st person feature story exploring Jewish female comedians through the movie "Making Trouble". I conducted interviews with Corey Cahaney and Joyce Antler, pulled audio from the film and explored what each of them contributed as performers, and what made them similar and different from each other. This was originally part of an hour long PRI holiday special for Hannukah, "Hannukah: A Time for Schtick". NOTE: The audio on this is a little funky, but I can get my hands on a better copy if you are interested in the story.
From New Hampshire Public Radio | 04:45
A reflection on a generation's obsession with Facebook and how it might be affecting our emotional lives. Sound rich. Features an interview with a social media scholar.
Mark Zuckerberg's social media empire recently reached 600 million users - about 10% of the world's population - and it doesn't show any signs of slowing. But for those who have grown up with Facebook as an important medium of communication, young adulthood offers a chance to reflect and consider how our use of Facebook has affected us. Jan-Erik Asplund talked to Alexander Jordan, a former Stanford doctoral student who led a 2009 study into how our perceptions of others' emotional states are often mistaken, and how our misunderstandings can make us feel lonelier and more isolated. Jordan's research was fittingly inspired by his observation of social media interactions. In this piece, Jan-Erik considers Jordan's research and offers his own perspective on the emotional landscape of Facebook and how it has evolved since it first opened in the mid-2000's. Includes music beds in and out.
From Sally Herships | 04:18
There was an uproar when Facebook fiddled with its privacy settings -- but really, people willingly give up their privacy all the time for perks like coupons and discounts. Why?
Used to be most coupons came in the mail or in the Sunday paper. But now it is far more common that they come with a click. Online marketers are practically throwing discounts at potential customers. But there is a price. In return, they expect you to hand over all kinds of personal information and you do.
So how much privacy would you give up for 25 percent off a great new pair of shoes or maybe a free magazine subscription? Reporter Sally Herships looks at the trade-offs.
From Sally Herships | 03:40
No cell phone, no email, no internet. Could you go offline for six months? Journalism professor Jennifer Rauch did. She talks about her experience and prepares to go back online.
As a follow up to reporting on the members of the slow media movement: a group of people who reject the chaos of the web, Sally Herships interviews Journalism Professor Jennifer Rauch. Rauch decided to quit the Internet after growing increasingly frustrated with the deluge of work emails and cutesy kitten videos. She survived the six months by using typewriters, cassette players, pay phones, yellow pages, landlines, newspapers, and Polaroids. Unfortunately, with the rest of the wired world stripping down its traditional communication amenities, Rauch hit some roadblocks. Friends vented their frustrations with her for "abandoning them." Already challenging tasks like wedding planning became even more difficult. However, Rauch managed to stick to her resolution and remains an advocate of the slow media movement.
From Sally Herships | 07:21
Have Facebook friend requests, cell-phone messages, incessant emails and texts made it impossible to disconnect? Feel overwhelmed?
It is possible, in this day and age, to stay in touch 24 hours a day if you so choose. Or, if you'd care to look at it another way, cell phones and laptops and Blackberrys have made it almost impossible to disconnect. Try as we might, it is just hard to ignore all those e-mails and text messages and phone calls. So it's no wonder a lot of us are overwhelmed. But Sally Herships may have found an answer.
From Toby Scott | 04:16
Can new, globalized cultural traditions that cross national boundaries be created with the aid of social media?
"Album in a Day" is a community-driven project innovated by young users of the decade-old social network couchsurfing.com. The growing collaborative tradition is returning folk music to the grassroots on a global scale.
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The website couchsurfing-dot-com is a social network in real life. Ten years ago the non-profit began by connecting young travelers to couches in cities around the world. Now, for some, the couchsurfing community has become a way of life. More than 2 million members in 245 countries don't just crash on couches, they help organize events for fellow travelers that serve as a kind-of cultural and creative blender. Last fall, two long time couchsurfers - who count themselves among the site's first 10,000 or so members - began an emerging collaborative tradition called "Album in a Day." The concept of gathering a group of strangers to record an album in a day is now carrying itself to the far corners of the Earth through its well-traveled participants. Toby Scott visits innovators Josh Sarro and Greg Hardy in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle as the two globetrotters again connect friends and strangers to produce another album in a day.
Storytelling & Social Media: Using this Potent Combination to Build a Brand
Guest: Lisa Hickey, CEO of Good Men Media
Building a brand from scratch – with little to no money – may have seemed impossible five years ago, but with the growth of social networks, organizations have the potential to build a national brand without relying on traditional media. The Good Men Project is one of these brands. Through a combination of social media and storytelling, it is a great example of how stories can help marketers connect to audiences in new ways. But what makes a good story? And what can corporate marketers learn from these examples? Join Mike O’Toole with special guest Lisa Hickey, CEO of Good Men Media as they discuss the power – and limitations – of narrative-driven social media as a brand building strategy.