I was looking around for background information on genetic mutations and cancer treatments to prep for today’s show and stumbled upon this podcast from Science. It’s an interview with Science's Jocelyn Kaiser on personalized treatment for cancer.
“Well, now to someone whose junk was recently touched: humorist Dave Barry.”—Nice segue: All Things Considered host Robert Siegel, on Dave Barry’s groin pat-down (and subsequent discovery that Barry has — quote — a ‘blurred groin.’)
was just named one of the worst tracks to come up on your iTunes while making out. Seriously. Yes, that would be pretty bad, but surely there have to be more horrible tunes out there. What do you think?
“I would run into the corner store, the bodega, and just grab a paper bag or buy juice — anything just to get a paper bag. And I’d write the words on the paper bag and stuff these ideas in my pocket until I got back. Then I would transfer them into the notebook. As I got further and further away from home and my notebook, I had to memorize these rhymes — longer and longer and longer. … By the time I got to record my first album, I was 26, I didn’t need pen or paper — my memory had been trained just to listen to a song, think of the words, and lay them to tape.”—Jay-Z, on how he would remember the lyrics he wrote while selling drugs on the street, in an interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, 11/16/10.
“Some of the greatest blues music is some of the darkest music you’ve ever heard. And I had maps. Obviously, Dylan had come when I was 15, and obviously I listened to his music first, and his music contained a lot — I used to say when I heard ‘Highway 61,’ I was hearing the first true picture of how I felt and how my country felt. And that was exhilarating. Because I think 1960s small-town America was very Lynchian. Everything was there, but underneath, everything was rumbling. … I think what Dylan did, was he took all that dark stuff that was rumbling underneath, and I think he pushed it to the surface with irony and humor, but also tremendous courage to go places where people hadn’t gone previously. So when I heard that, I knew I liked that, and I was very ambitious, also.”—Bruce Springsteen, on dark elements in music, in a conversation with Ed Norton at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010.
Rock historian Ed Ward offers praise for songwriters PF Sloan and Steve Barri They were the songwriters behind “Eve of Destruction” and wrote hits for Herman’s Hermits, The Mamas and the Papas and The Turtles.