Murmur Digital Radio
Summary: Where craft meets culture. Hosted by The Modern School of Film’s Robert Milazzo, Murmur is a prescient tour through our sight and sound culture; featuring scenes, songs, and an array of guest tour-guides from all sides of the brain. See you there.
Hampton Fancher, screenwriter/architect for BLADE RUNNER both then & now, joins us to discuss all of the impossibly random steps that led us back to 2049, including: bumping into Ray Bradbury on the street, chasing Charles Bukowski down in New York, and what a Nazi officer's diary taught Philip K. Dick about empathy. When the legend becomes fact, (still) print the fact.
With the passing of legendary Steely Dan co-father, Walter Becker, we're humbled to be joined by actor/writer/bassist Harry Shearer as he reflects on Mr. Becker and Mr. Donald Fagen's legendary musical progeny. From the beautiful imperfection of Donald's voice; to Walter's insight into Derek Small's kidneys; to the value of collaborative tension -- Harry reels it all in.
The lines between art, sport and journalism are thinner than ever. Perhaps nonexistent. To wit, no one paints within these faint boxes better than ESPN's Dan Le Batard. Here he discusses his strategy (or lack thereof) on all media-and-microphone-based matters...and egos.
Two generations of The Blind Boys of Alabama - Mr. Jimmy Carter (co-founder) and Mr. Joey Williams - check-in to discuss: the difference between sight and vision, whether or not they'd accept an invitation to sing for the current President, and if art has the power to heal troubled times.
Artist James Jean (pictured here w/Mr. Sun) explores the artist's fear of and need for Exposure. James is a singular creator who counts amongst his collaborators - Darren Aronofsky, Gerard Way, and the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. James likes to disappear; but we found him, and now so can you.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Washington Post and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient - David Frankel - checks-in to discuss how his time imbedded in Afghanistan changed his view of "war art". Why was "Restrepo" a greater struggle for him than "The Hurt Locker"? Which fantasies do war movies get correct, and what realities can they never possibly portray?
Larry Wilmore is adding a new job title : Podcaster. Here we get into his motivations to join its ranks, as well as his thoughts on the dis/advantages of the form, its artistry, its role-models; and, whether or not nice guys finish first.
Filmmaker/Writer/Proud-Aussie David Michôd checks-in to discuss the state of his homeland; it's art, its light, its craft, and its psyche. Is the country's adaptability its greatest strength or a vulnerability? What makes the Australian actor so versatile, but the native cine-love so fickle? All will be revealed in this fascinating chat with one of Australia's (New) New Wave.
Murmur turns 50! How do we celebrate? With writer/comic/social-guru Joe Mande, of course. We ask Joe about the need to find the Art in Twitter/Instagram/Social Media; as well as his take on Kathy Griffin's mean culpa, why NBC asked him to tread lightly on Trump Family tweets, and the possibility of being friends with comedians. In a word - Banana Boat.
Is Genre-Writing even a thing? We think so, but does creator/show-runner/writer Ronald D. Moore think so? Here Ron checks-in to discuss the State of Writing...Genre. What lessons did Ron learn from both George Lucas and from the marching-band? Would he ever try his hand at writing a series of novels? And why is Batman his hero of choice? All will be revealed.
The topic is "The Polymath"; but, when writer/singer/artist Gerard Way is asked to define it, he leaves nothing out. A tribute to this Romantic Chemist's sensitivity, eloquence, and unflinching bravery.
Director of Netflix's "Last Chance U" - Greg Whiteley - joins us to discuss: the Golden Age of sports documentaries, the Gilded Age of athletics, and why everyone loves a Meritocracy.
Christopher Guest joins us from The Onion Comedy Festival in Chicago to discuss : what he stole from Fellini, if he's sick of discussing Spinal Tap, and whether or not improv classes are worth it. With special appearances by Fred Willard, Harry Shearer, Jane Lynch, Catherine O'Hara, & Eugene Levy.
Artist Frank Quietly checks-in to discuss: David Lynch's baby, video nasties, and whether or not he's actually an Artist.
Best-selling author Jonathan Safran Foer checks-in to discuss : if tweeting and emailing are "writing", changing his mind about Dylan's Nobel, and the secret to French bread.