Art

Thursday, we’re broadcasting our conversation with Latina writer and activist Sandra Cisneros, who was in Utah as a guest of the Tanner Humanities Center. Her 1984 novel The House on Mango Street has become a staple of American literature, but Cisneros says that only the “right kind” of immigrant is welcome in this country. She was born in Chicago, but it’s taken her decades to find home. Cisneros joins us to talk about heritage, identity, and how stories can be a bridge between people.

In a run-down commercial block in Salt Lake City, Ralphael Plescia has spent some 50 years making art that tells the story of creation as he understands it. He’s hollowed out tunnels, built narrow bridges over bubbling groundwater, and his sculptures are embedded in the walls. Wednesday, we profile a new short film that asks why Ralphael has made this his life work and what will happen to it when he dies. We’ll also explore other “outsider” Utah artists who bring a unique view to our world.

<i>Image by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/anitakhart/3677724838/">Anita Hart</a>/<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> via flickr</i>

Friday, we're talking about Bach's Cello Suites and the incredible story of how musician Pablo Casals discovered the almost-unknown compositions in a second-hand store. Our guest is the journalist Eric Siblin, a one-time pop music critic who was "struck by musical lightening" when he first heard the Suites in concert. Siblin set out to write a history of The Suites and soon discovered three centuries of politics, intrigue and passion. (Rebroadcast)