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The Music and Legacy of Buddy Collette

The Music and Legacy of Buddy Collette

Los Angeles Jazz legend Buddy Collette died Sunday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center at the age of 89. Collette was a jazz saxophonist, flautist and band leader who fought for the rights of African American musicians. He was also integral to educating and supporting young Jazz musicians. Larry discusses the music, life and legacy of [...]

Mel Brooks, this is your life!

Mel Brooks, this is your life!

<i>Blazing Saddles</i>, <i>Get Smart</i>, <i>Young Frankenstein</i>, <i>The Producers</i>, <i>The Twelve Chairs</i>, <i>History of the World Part I</i>, <i>Spaceballs</i>… the list is as expansive as any other auteur who has ever operated in Hollywood. It goes without saying that Mel Brooks is a legend, but what would he have done differently? What shot in what film [...]

Using computers to teach kids

Using computers to teach kids

Learning math, physics, and English, at least for most kids, just isn’t as much fun as running around or blasting something away in a video game. But what if you could merge all those worlds? That’s what some educators are now attempting to do. A school in New York called “Quest to Learn” is using [...]

Neil Sedaka: the man, the voice and a children’s CD

Neil Sedaka: the man, the voice and a children’s CD

Where would pop music and rock n’ roll be without Neil Sedaka? Well, it would mean many musicians would never have reached the Top 40 without the lyrics he penned. At the ripe age of 16, Sedaka published his first song and both Sedaka and close friend Howard Greenfield eventually became the go-to songwriters of [...]

Brass behind the screen: film trumpeters Uan Rasey and Malcom McNab shine

Brass behind the screen: film trumpeters Uan Rasey and Malcom McNab shine

Larry talks with trumpeters Uan Rasey and Malcolm McNab about their careers in Hollywood. From the soundtracks for <i>Chinatown</i> and <i>An American in Paris</i>, to <i>L.A. Confidential</i> and <i>Dances With Wolves</i>, these men have created some of the most memorable movie music in film history. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Il Postino – Daniel Catan’s premiere opera tells the story of poetry, passion and friendship

Il Postino – Daniel Catan’s premiere opera tells the story of poetry, passion and friendship

When Pablo Neruda accepted the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971, he was beloved by his Chilean countryman and respected worldwide for his elegant sonnets and often sensual poems, some addressed to tomatoes, to salt, to a pair of knitted socks. Chilean novelist Antonio Skarmeta in 1985 based his novella <i>Il Postino</i> on Neruda’s life [...]

TitleWave: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom

TitleWave: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom

“What about those cloth diapers? Worth the bother? And was it true that you could still get milk delivered in glass bottles? Were the Boy Scouts OK politically? Was bulgur really necessary? Where to recycle batteries? How to respond when a poor person of color accused you of destroying her neighborhood? Was it true that [...]

Martin Landau is still lovely

Martin Landau is still lovely

He starred as the romantic male lead in <i>Lovely, Still</i>, opening this week, and don’t think he’s lost his chops. Martin Landau won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1994 for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, and was nominated for his roles in Crimes and Misdemeanors and Tucker: The Man and [...]

Nap versus coffee: sleeping and stimulating our way to greater productivity

Nap versus coffee: sleeping and stimulating our way to greater productivity

Most people get sleepy at some point in the afternoon. That’s why we have afternoon tea or a coffee break; get some caffeine, get back to work. But is that really the right solution? In some cultures, people take a siesta—a short nap to recharge and revive. Try that in the US, and you’ll get [...]

Dexter is Delicious

Dexter is Delicious

Would you knowingly invite a serial killer into your home? No? What if it was Dexter Morgan? Jeff Lindsay, the man behind the Dexter television and book series, joins Patt to discuss the differences between the two story lines, why he decided to write his protagonist as a murderer and how he managed to make [...]