Justine Blau joins us to discuss her new memoir "Scattered." The memoir follows Blau during her childhood and preteen years, as she weaves through apartments and hotels in Manhattan with her chronically homeless family and bipolar mother. From sleeping in a movie theater to stealing a fur coat, the moments in this memoir are both colorful and deeply tragic.
The dynamic father-daughter duo Fred and Jo Firestone join Frances Mayo to discuss the Punderdome 3000, a wordplay tournament that is the talk (or pun) of the town. At the Punderdome, people change their identities. They eat entire cakes in 90 seconds. There are matching Hawaiian shirts, Human Clap-o-Meters, Rodney Dangerfield impersonations, and PayDay candy bars flying through the room. The interview is interspersed with live recordings from the Punderdome. The Punderdome is hosted monthly at Littlefield in Brooklyn. For more information, please visit www.punderdome.com
Filmmaker Adam Leon joins Zoë Flood Tardino to discuss his first feature film, "Gimme the Loot." The film follows Malcolm and Sofia, two teenage graffiti-writers from the Bronx, on their quest to find $500 so that they can tag the Mets' home run apple. They commit petty crimes and travel through rough sections of New York, but ultimately explore the joys of youth and friendship. For more information, visit http://gimmethelootmovie.com/
A three-person interview in honor of Lorca in New York: A Celebration, the largest-ever festival celebrating Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. Laura García Lorca, the niece of Lorca, tells the fascinating story of Lorca’s arrival to NYC, where he stayed from 1929 – 1930 and enrolled at Columbia University. As scholars of Lorca, Christopher Maurer and Andrés Soria Omledo share insight on the poet’s influence on English and Spanish literature and read letters and poems from “Poet in New York.” A list of festival events can be found at lorcanyc.com. Hosted by Mahima Chablani.
An hour-long live interview with Genes and Machines, a New York-based electronic group that’s always in costume and always spinning with spontaneity. From funk to ambient, their music is charged with dreamy, warm, and sometimes jarring electronics. During the interview we discuss their new album “Heart Shaped Ass,” listen to cuts from their vinyl release, and hear a demo of group member Leon Gruenbaum’s patented keyboard invention, the Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee.