The latest batch of MacArthur Geniuses were announced today — the 24 recipients include a physicist who preserves audio recordings, a physician who’s helped lower health care costs for an entire city, and a self-taught jazz pianist who combines elements of South Indian classical music with traditional Western jazz.
Many of the Geniuses have appeared on NPR. Here are a few archival highlights, if you’re looking for background audio this morning.
- Karen Russell, the author of Swamplandia!, on alligator wrestling
- Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, on Fresh Air in 2010. (Watch him live in concert.) And All Things Considered host Melissa Block interviewed him last year at his home in Harlem!
- Atul Gawande, on Fresh Air, talks about Jeffrey Brenner — a physician who helped revolutionize healthcare in Camden, NJ. (More from Marketplace and WHYY’s Radio Times.)
- Ballet choreographer Alexei Ratmansky on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show, talking about the Bolshoi Ballet company.
- Classicial pianist Jeremy Denk, who maintains a hilarious blog and plays notoriously difficult pieces.
- Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems on Oregon Public Broadcasting, talking about a 30-year retrospective of her work at the Portland Art Museum
I’m going to be looking through the archives — as well as station archives — for more. Happy listening! -Mel