The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has been named the world's deadliest terrorist organization. Then a psychology professor explains why the human mind has trouble processing soaring death tolls. Plus, we catch up with radio producer David Isay. And we hear about an awkward situation that served as artistic inspiration for Chicago drummer and composer Mike Reed.
Chicago drummer Mike Reed experienced what can be described as an unpleasant situation while touring in Europe in 2009. But from that event has sprung art in the form of fresh compositions, and a curiosity about how other creative people make something beautiful out of ugly or awkward episodes in their lives.
Small circuses and indie rock acts will come together under the big top in Chicago over the weekend. Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements, a 3-day festival, was inspired in part by the Vaudeville days of old.
Drummer and composer Mike Reed is a legend in the making. Reed’s a key member of our world-renowned improvisational music scene. He’s also the force behind a number of events in Chicago – the Umbrella Music Festival, the Downtown Sounds series, and Pitchfork.