Does anyone still hitchhike? Cult film director John Waters does. At the age of 66, he hitchhiked 2,800 miles, from Baltimore to San Francisco. He tells us about the people who picked him up, along with some who didn't. And did the America Interstate System pave the way for fear and violence on the highways?
What goes into making new music? And how does hearing new music change the way we listen? From the Avant Garde composers of the 1920s, through Japanese noise music, to punk progenitor Richard Hell, we’re looking at how music - and how we hear it - changes.
In the early 20th century, as visual artists started experimenting with abstraction and surrealism, musicians were experimenting too. But why, nearly 100 years later, are the works of Modern visual artists more popular than Avant Garde music?
One place that new music’s finding audiences is in galleries and museum. One piece in particular has won the hearts of people across the world. It’s called Forty Part Motet. Sound artist Janet Cardiff uses 40 speakers to play "Spem in Allium," a 40-part Renaissance motet written by Thomas Tallis. Think of it as Renaissance surround-sound.
It's the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, and with conflict flaring up around the globe, we started wondering just what we know about what started the war that was supposed to “end all wars.”