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Weekly Roundup: Jazz's Evolution, Boston Bookies On TV, 'Orange Is The New Black'

Here’s our weekly compilation of arts coverage from all four of WBUR’s radio programs – Here & NowOnly A GameOn Point and Radio Boston.

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Jazz And Its Future

Jazz musician Terence Blanchard at WBUR on Friday, August 2, 2013. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Jazz musician Terence Blanchard at WBUR on Friday, August 2, 2013. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

With the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend, On Point examined jazz in modern America — where it is and where it’s going — with jazz great Terence Blanchard and up-and-comer Jonathan Batiste.

Gogol Bordello Goes Beyond Boundaries

Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello has long been known for its high-energy live performances. On the band's new album, frontman Eugene Hütz declares that "borders are scars on the face of the planet." Here &  Now spoke with Hütz.

Singer-Songwriter Margaret Glaspy Back On Home Turf

Musician Margaret Glaspy plays for Radio Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Musician Margaret Glaspy plays for Radio Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Margaret Glaspy is a northern California native who now lives in New York City, but she came of age as a musician in the acoustic scene here in Boston. Check out her live performance for Radio Boston.

Rediscovering Musician Harry Nilsson

Most people recognize the 1969 hit "Everybody’s Talkin'," but the popular and talented man behind the song is largely forgotten. This week, RCA released a 17-disk boxed set of Nilsson's work.

Singer-Songwriter Laura Veirs Greets The Sun

Each week NPR's Stephen Thompson brings Here & Now something new to listen to. This week he chose Laura Veirs. "There's a real timeless, ageless sweetness to the way she sings," Thompson said.

Oregon Uses Song To Sell Health Insurance

Oregon is launching a $3.2 million campaign to try to attract young people to sign up for the new health insurance exchange.

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What Would Lawrence Of Arabia Say Today?

If Col. T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, could see the news out of the Middle East today, he'd probably say, "I told you so." On Point spoke with the author of a new biography about Lawrence.

Writing And Living On Martha’s Vineyard

With Martha's Vineyard Book Festival this weekend, Here & Now sat down with two authors who both make the Vineyard their home year-round.

RG3 And The Pinky Promise That Launched A Career

Robert Griffin III has played just one season for the Washington Redskins but that didn't stop Dave Sheinin from penning a book about the NFL's rising star.

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The Woman Behind ‘Orange Is The New Black’

Advisory: The following trailer contains profanity and partial nudity.

Netflix's new original series is based on the life of Piper Kerman, a Smith graduate and self-described WASP who goes to prison for 13 months when her past catches up with her. Here & Now spoke with Kerman herself.

New TV Show Depicts Boston Bookies, Remnants Of Bulger Gang

"Saint Hoods" is a production of the Discovery Channel, and has already gotten criticism for featuring one of Bulger's alleged associates, Patrick Nee. Radio Boston spoke with the show's executive producer.

Documentary Takes Sweeping Look At Environmental Movement

Mark Kitchell's new film is "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet" is a sweeping exploration of 50 years of environmental activism. Radio Boston spoke with the documentary filmmaker.

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Family Reunions

The 2013 Cook-Goings-McGraw family reunion in Buffalo, N.Y. (Courtesy of Daisy Stroud)
The 2013 Cook-Goings-McGraw family reunion in Buffalo, N.Y. (Courtesy of Daisy Stroud)

'Tis the season for family reunions! On Point looked at the health and significance of those extended family get-togethers.

This program aired on August 3, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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