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When it came to writing his new children's book, Luka and the Fire of Life, the novelist Salman Rushdie stuck with his attraction to moody themes. "I've always liked writing that slightly writes against the grain of what it's supposed to be doing," he tells Kurt. "So if it's a kind of dark thing you try to make it black comedy."
Next, Marc Branch works at NASA as an aerospace engineer testing instruments used on outer-space telescopes. When he's off the clock, Branch is one of the most sought after hip-hop DJs around the country. Leading a double life as "DJ Scientific" he hopes to attract young hip-hop fans to math and science.
In 1969, Jimi Hendrix's performance of the national anthem at Woodstock hit like a shock wave; with its distortion and chaos, it sounded like a rupture in something sacred. Two music scholars and two rock guitarists put together the pieces. [Broadcast Date: November 20, 2010]