Martin Bandyke Under Covers for January 2019: Martin interviews Thor Hanson, author of Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees.
Wed, 01/30/2019 - 1:44pm
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, Thor Hanson (the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers) takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.
As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.
Martin's interview with Thor Hanson was recorded on August 13, 2018.
Mon, 01/07/2019 - 5:25pm
Nick, Nadeem, and Jean-Marie discuss Roma and The Favourite, as well as the varying styles and themes of anime, classic musicals, the legacy of Nicolas Roeg, and as always, conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.
Mon, 01/07/2019 - 2:55pm
Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents is a podcast dedicated to examining each episode of the original "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series, show by show in chronological order. In this installment, Al Sjoerdsma looks at "Salvage," the first of the "retribution" stories but without the "retribution" closing narration as Gene Barry returns as a vengeful criminal three episodes after playing a cowboy.
Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:35am
Nick, Nadeem, and Jean-Marie welcome Jonathan to discuss Mamoru Hosoda's new film Mirai, discuss upcoming features like Mary Poppins Returns, delve into holiday classics like Rare Exports, Gremlins, Elf, and It's a Wonderful Life, and as always, they conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.
Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:44pm
Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents is a podcast dedicated to examining each episode of the original "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series, show by show in chronological order. In this installment, Al Sjoerdsma looks at "Into Thin Air," a story with roots in "The Lady Vanishes," Alexander Woolcott, Ernest Hemingway, Marie Belloc Lowndes, old-time radio shows, and the Detroit Free Press of the 1890s. Al also looks at the episode's star, Pat Hitchcock, Sir Alfred's daughter.
Martin Bandyke Under Covers for December 2018: Martin Bandyke interviews Christopher Bonanos, author of Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous.
Tue, 12/04/2018 - 11:47am
Arthur Fellig’s ability to arrive at a crime scene just as the cops did was so uncanny that he renamed himself “Weegee,” claiming that he functioned as a human Ouija board. Weegee documented better than any other photographer the crime, grit, and complex humanity of midcentury New York City. In Flash, we get a portrait not only of the man (both flawed and deeply talented, with generous appetites for publicity, women, and hot pastrami) but also of the fascinating time and place that he occupied.
From self-taught immigrant kid to newshound to art-world darling to latter-day caricature―moving from the dangerous streets of New York City to the celebrity culture of Los Angeles and then to Europe for a quixotic late phase of experimental photography and filmmaking―Weegee lived a life just as worthy of documentation as the scenes he captured. With Flash, we have an unprecedented and ultimately moving view of the man now regarded as an innovator and a pioneer, an artist as well as a newsman, whose photographs are among most powerful images of urban existence ever made.
Martin’s interview with Christopher Bonanos was recorded on July 17, 2018.
Mon, 11/26/2018 - 10:05am
Nick and Nadeem discuss the new films opening in December at the Michigan and State Theatre, and as always, their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.
Tue, 11/20/2018 - 1:47pm
The gang takes on Night School Studio's supernatural mystery video game, Oxenfree! It's time to make some choices (ugh), fight some ghosts, puzzle over archaic technology like radios and tape players, and ask the unanswerable: who put this chair out here?
Martin Bandyke Under Covers for November 2018: Martin Bandyke interviews Jorma Kaukonen, author of Been So Long: My Life and Music.
Thu, 11/08/2018 - 1:47pm
From the man who made a name for himself as a founding member and lead guitarist of Jefferson Airplane comes a memoir that offers a rare glimpse into the heart and soul of a musical genius―and a vivid journey through the psychedelic era in America.
“Music is the reward for being alive,” writes Jorma Kaukonen in this candid and emotional account of his life and work. “It stirs memory in a singular way that is unmatched.” In a career that has already spanned a half century―one that has earned him induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors―Jorma is best known for his legendary bands Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. But before he won worldwide recognition he was just a young man with a passion and a dream.
Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:23am
Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents is a podcast dedicated to examining each episode of the original "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series, show by show in chronological order. In this installment, Al Sjoerdsma looks at the first of thirty episodes scripted by Robert C. Dennis and finds something in common between Irene Dunne, Marilyn Monroe and Doris Day.