WGXC Afternoon Show: Rony Mohammed and Shariful Alam; Melinda Braathen and Wyatt Mason
Feb. 20, 2012: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
WGXC 90.7-FM: Hands-on Radio
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Tune in to hear from Rony Mohammed and Shariful Alam abou the history of International Mother Language Day, on February 21 -- originated as the international recognition of Language Movement Day, which has been commemorated in Bangladesh. They will discuss the origins of town names in the region, in their mother tongues. And hosts Sara Kendall and Noah Reibel will play some W.C. Fields audio, as he is the creator of Weird Names. In the 5 p.m. hour, we'll be joined by Melinda Braathen for a conversation with Wyatt Mason on Contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Weiwei is internationally renowned for his art — from designing the Bird’s Nest at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to his unprecedented use of Neolithic and Han Dynasty vessels as historic “readymades. But for many, his artistic practice has been outpaced by his activism. It is hard to imagine an Ai Weiwei without the megaphone of blogs and twitter, which has contributed to more than his fair share of direct altercations with the Chinese Communist Party. Hudson resident Melinda Braathen talks with Wyatt Mason, Senior Fellow of the Hannah Arendt Center, as well as critic, translator, and essayist, about his recent piece "The Danger Artist" on Ai Weiwei. This labyrinthine interview reflects on Weiwei’s latest legal and artistic pursuits, as well as chronicles the events that led to his 81 days of detainment in China. Wyatt Mason is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine, and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.