Shows: January 5, 2010

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Aceh, Five Years Later

The 2004 tsunami which devastated communities in Asia and Africa caused an estimated 230,000 deaths and $10 billion in damage. Five years later, we take a look at how residents of Indonesia’s hard-hit Aceh province are faring, with journalist Orlando de Guzman.

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A Multicultural Piano?

The piano has been perhaps the most iconic and influential instrument within Western musical history. Now UK-based composer and percussionist Geoff Smith has invented an acoustic piano which uses fluid tuning. It allows performers to change the frequency of a note before or after it’s struck, freeing them from the fixed tuning of a standard 88-key piano. We speak with Smith about his invention and what it may mean for those in musical traditions, such as Indian and Iranian, which use non-Western tuning.

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2009 Best and Worst in Asian Pop

From “Stargate” to “Star Trek,” Tiger Woods to Gojira, 2009 marked new highs—and lows—for Asian pop. Writer and editor Jeff Yang joins us for a dramatic reading of his Clement Clarke Moore-inspired poem chronicling the year in Asian pop.

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