June 26-27, 2010
What is possible now that leisure and entertainment aren’t goods that we sit back and consume but tools that we can use to create, collaborate and explore? Bob talks with consultant, teacher and writer Clay Shirky about the social and economic effects of our new era of creativity and generosity which he lays out in his latest book, Cognitive Surplus.
In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with curator Dan Gediman about the essay of Verona Wylie Slater. She was a housewife and mother to three children in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of famed New York minister Edmund Melville Wylie, and the sister of writers Philip and Max Wylie.
We continue our series of music interviews recorded at this year’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans, this week with musician, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint. Toussaint started in the studio, writing dozens of hit songs and performing as a session player. Over five decades in the music business, he’s built a reputation as an eager collaborator, working with everyone from Irma Thomas to Elvis Costello to Trombone Shorty. Toussaint says that in the years after Hurricane Katrina, he’s toured and played live more than ever before. He talks with Bob about his early days in the business and the future of music in New Orleans.