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Host Charles Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a frequent contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. His radio series' Historic Audio From the Archives of Charles Ruas and Conversations With Writers are treasures of our on-demand audio archive.

Radio Featuring Charles Ruas

A collection of recovered and restored programs produced by Charles Ruas at WBAI-FM, the Pacifica station in New York, in the seventies. Ruas is a distinguished author, scholar, and translator. His programs are a national cultural treasure.

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Chapters of Marguerite Young’s wonderful "Miss MacIntosh, My Darling", read by her contemporaries from the New York City literature, music, and theater communities in the late 1970s. All readings are underscored with music by artist Rob Wynne.

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Conversations with Writers

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Host Charles Ruas in conversation with contemporary writers and poets, continuing a stream of intelligent discussion dating back to his legendary days at WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York in the seventies.

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Allen Ginsberg at The New School: Part 1

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Ginsberg chants "harikrishna" for a group of students.

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Richard Foreman: Pandering to the Masses, Part 2

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

This is the second part in a discussion between Ruas and a pioneering experimental theater playwright. The two talk about the varying guises and roles assigned to inanimate objects, and how these things are no different from the actors themselves.

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Cage + Patchen: The City Wears a Slouch Hat

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Cage and Patchen shocked the unassuming listeners with this 30-minute radio play, in 1941. With a directionless lead, called "The Voice," and pandering sounds echoing throughout, this work is believed to be critical precursor for both of their work.

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Richard Foreman: Pandering to the Masses, Part 1

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

"When I write, I am essentially talking to myself," says Foreman, in this interview with Charles Ruas from 1975. During their discussion, he goes on to explain his creative process and insights into his interest in concepts surrounding conscious.

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The Naropa Institute: Art of Poetry, Part II

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Ocean of Great Joy. Dharma Lion Peace Heart, Inkstone Ocean Ten Thousand Waves, and Dance of all the Good, are joined by their colleagues at the Naropa Institute to read their work and exchange their ideas about Tibetan Buddhist poetry.

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The Naropa Institute: Art of Poetry, Part I

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Ocean of Great Joy. Dharma Lion Peace Heart, Inkstone Ocean Ten Thousand Waves, and Dance of all the Good, are joined by their colleagues at the Naropa Institute to discuss the origins and delicate art of poetry from the perspective of Buddhism.

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John Cage + Morton Feldman: The Global Village

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

Cage and Feldman discuss chronological structures as they relate to music compositions and the growth of society. Drawing from the ideas of Bucky Fuller, they continue to examine the role of the artist within culture, evolution and the world.

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John Cage + Morton Feldman: Impersonality

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Cage and Feldman seek to validate their work in a society of disposability and inathenticity. Siting the works of their predecessors, they see the artist as the one who diminished their own worth in society. They must now rely on the invisible.

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Charles Ives: The Hope for Expression

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Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas

In the third segment of a series on the writings and music of the composer, he examines the will of the artist and that of a business man, questioning their motives as they relate to the output of their efforts as a matter of quality and reward.

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Charles Ives: The Minority Logic

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Ives brings together the discussions of Ruskin and Darwin, proffering questions about cowardliness and pride and challenging those who oppose the universal mind. Segments of his most influential performances introduce and conclude these propositions.

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Charles Ives: Who Makes War?

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Observation by a prophetic composer: “Who makes war? The people? No. The politicians.”
This proposition is one of a series... A collection of essays and musical installments of the work of Charles Ives, the genius composer of the early 20th Century.

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Karole Vail on Moholy-Nagy

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A conversation with the co-curator of the expansive, mixed media Moholy-Nagy exhibition at the Guggenheim thru Sept. 7. Vail outlines the career and influence of Moholy, his techniques and innovation, and his remarkable futuristic vision.

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