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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Maria Schneider - Jazz and Poetry | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Maria Schneider - Jazz and Poetry

Composer Stephen Sondheim does it and so does hip hop poet MK Asante. They combine words and music to make art. So how do they do it? We explore the neuroscience of rap, and hear how jazz composer Maria Schneider sets poetry to music.
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In this hour, MK Asante is only 31, but he's a tenured professor and an award-winning poet and filmmaker. His memoir Buck recounts his tough childhood in Philadelphia and the sad story of his beloved older brother, and also how the rhythms of hip hop evoke the sensibility of his generation.

Next, is there a science of rap? Pioneering neuroscientist Charles Limb has put freestyle rappers inside brain-scanning machines, and he's seen an explosion of neural activity. He describes his fascination with the neuroscience of creativity.

Then, want a shot of inspiration? You'll find it at a great high school theater production. Michael Sokolove tells the story of Lou Volpe, a legendary drama coach in Levittown, PA - and how he's changed the lives of many students.

After that, Stephen Sondheim is the reigning genius of musical theater, with credits ranging from West Side Story and Gypsy to Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George. Sondheim gives Steve Paulson a few pointers on how to write both music and lyrics.

And finally, how do you set poetry to music? Grammy Award-winning jazz composer Maria Schneider did it with Ted Kooser's poems, sung by Dawn Upshaw. She tells Anne Strainchamps how she finds beauty in her art. [Broadcast Date: September 25, 2013]

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