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“Stompin’ Around” show 1271 19 May 2018
This week Sedge visits the stage of the long-running theatrical entertainment of dance, percussion and comedy— Stomp.
Currently touring the US and the world, as well a fixture in NYC, Sedge talks with the founders about their self-funded modest and risky start.
LUKE CRESSWELL and STEVE McNICHOLAS, the creators, as well as members of the cast talk with Sedge and we hear their magic compositions and improv with household items — matches, buckets, water bottles, brooms, pots and pans — in a vibrant crescendo of exuberant sound.
And it all started on a barge with 120 drums floating the River Clyde by some entrepreneurial buskers.
Sedge’s flâneur files.
How It's Put Together -- Show 1270 12 May 2018
Carroll Ballard directing Anna Paquin in Fly Away Home and the geese imprinted by Anna's voice recordings .
Human imagination and creativity generate such a wondrous range of marvels for humanity. How is it done? Sometimes it's magic, sometimes it's brain massage, sometimes it's logic, sometimes it remains a mystery.
CARROLL BALLARD -- Director, Cinematographer -- Dumas, Never Cry Wolf, The Black Stallion - How his quiet work as a director led to such beautiful films. It's not always magic. Certainly, what he talks about resonated with my own experiences making and getting Kepler's Dream into the world.
LYNNE TRUSS -- The British radio comedy writer became a grammar goddess with Eats Shoots and Leaves. We hear hour our language was shaped by royal degreee, rogue commas, and the equitable colon.
HENRY PETROSKI -- The engineer who writes on success, failure, the beauty of design. I first interviewed him when guest-hosted Fresh Air for his book The Pencil. Today he talks about The Toothpick and the beauty of bridges.
JONATHAN COULTON -- The singer-songwriter created a website as a venue for his songs and committed to one a week for a year. How did he do that? The game creator and Joco Cruise founder regales us with story and song.
Sedge's flâneur files. With Mike Greensill, piano.
Lastly, a dear radio colleague from my shows Breakfast Jam and West Coast Weekend, Bruce Walker Bellingham, died this past week. He was a comedian, author, columnist, and a singer-songwriter who loved playing his 12-string guitar. He saw himself and lived as a native San Franciscan, though he claimed he was only visiting New Jersey when he was born and raised there as a boy.