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"Words and Music"

When you think about hip hop, what comes first – the words or the beat? Writer and filmmaker MK Asante’s new memoir “Buck” chronicles his rough years growing up on the streets of Philadelphia. Now a tenured professor and poet, Asante talks with Anne Strainchamps about the words and music that influenced him. Is there a science of hip hop? Neuroscientist Charles Limb is analyzing what happens in the brains of rappers as they ‘freestyle’ in his FMRI. He tells Steve Paulson how our brains process words and music.

Michael Sokolove has written about a revered high school drama coach named Lou Volpe. He tell Jim Fleming that Volpe’s Truman High School program isn’t just any theater group, renowned Broadway producers come to check it out. Stephen Sondheim is the reigning genius of musical theater. Steve Paulson takes a tour with him through his history, a master class on words and music.

Grammy Award winning composer Maria Schneider talks with Anne Strainchamps about setting poetry to music, something she has done on her latest recording “Winter Morning Walks.”

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