Producer Picks

Tennis in China
J.R. Thornton was once a serious tennis player on the junior circuit. Then he moved to China and spent a year training with the Beijing National Team, where he discovered just how different the life...
Art and Music in Rothko Chapel
Houston's Rothko Chapel is a shrine to the transformative power of art. Abstract artist Mark Rothko created 14 enormous paintings for this sacred space. Pianist Sarah Rothenberg tells us the history...
Paul Feig's Best Stories
Paul Feig photograph
On Friday, the Ghostbusters reboot will open in theaters 32 years after the original's release. Paul Feig, the new movie's director, has sat down with TTBOOK on a number of occasions to...
Kip Winger Goes Classical
In the mid-80's the metal band Winger topped the charts with hits like "Seventeen." Then Grunge came along and left bands like Winger in the dust.  Now, Kip Winger is back on top with a new CD that...
The Wisconsin Idea
The Wisconsin Idea is a century-old dream of sharing the best of higher education with the entire state — bringing the values of the liberal arts, scientific knowledge and search for truth to...
Tord Gustavsen's Sacred Music
Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen is a leading figure in Scandinavian jazz, famous for his meditative, almost prayful music. In his latest recording, he's collaborated with singer Simin Tander to...
Whit Stillman on Jane Austen
Jane Austen abandoned her novel "Lady Susan," but filmmaker Whit Stillman has revivied it - in a new film and novel, both called "Love and Friendship." He talks about why he loves Austen and the 18th...
Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives
For TTBOOK host Anne Strainchamps her only encounters with guns happened in the pages of crime fiction -- usually, stories featuring women. Give her a woman and a gun and she was there for 200 plus...
Mixing India and America
Rolling Stone India has called Karsh Kale one of "the high priests of electro." He's a pioneer of the Asian Underground and top DJ at clubs around the world, from Ibiza to New York. He tells Charles...
Getting Wild In the Suburbs
Kirk Lynn's debut novel "Rules for Werewolves" is the story of a group of young, homeless, angry kids running from their families and roaming the suburbs of Los Angeles like a pack of wolves. He says...

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