6 episodes

Where conversation flows as life is explored -- that’s where the new podcast, Rhythm of Life, begins. Initial episodes include filmmaker Bob Hercules delving into the art of documentary filmmaking including his most recent project, the Peabody Award-winning “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” Subsequent episodes will feature fascinating discussions with producer/filmmakers Steve Ordower and David Kovacs, gospel and R&B legend Mavis Staples, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). Newton Minow, former chair of the FCC, reflects on how the media and television, which he called “a vast wasteland” have evolved. Stephan Garnett, lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, shares his perspective on the state of journalism today. Actor Ernie Hudson and musician and political activist Jon Langford chat about the rhythms of their lives in the arts.

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    • Arts
    • 5.0, 16 Ratings

Where conversation flows as life is explored -- that’s where the new podcast, Rhythm of Life, begins. Initial episodes include filmmaker Bob Hercules delving into the art of documentary filmmaking including his most recent project, the Peabody Award-winning “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” Subsequent episodes will feature fascinating discussions with producer/filmmakers Steve Ordower and David Kovacs, gospel and R&B legend Mavis Staples, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). Newton Minow, former chair of the FCC, reflects on how the media and television, which he called “a vast wasteland” have evolved. Stephan Garnett, lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, shares his perspective on the state of journalism today. Actor Ernie Hudson and musician and political activist Jon Langford chat about the rhythms of their lives in the arts.

    Rev. Jesse Jackson

    Rev. Jesse Jackson

    Today on the show we welcome one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.  This episode is part of an ongoing series about the Emmy Award winning Gospel television program, JUBILEE SHOWCASE, that was...

    • 45 min
    Jon Langford

    Jon Langford

    Today on the show, guest host Bob Hercules welcomes the dynamic musician and visual artist, Jon Langford, to discuss his illustrious career. Since the mid-1980s, Langford has been one of the leaders in incorporating folk and country music into punk rock.Jon's prolific body of work illustrates that he has always treated punk rock as folk music and creates captivating sounds that bridge these musical genres. He also appreciates authentic country music because, according to Langford, it lays bare the truth as honestly and directly as anything the Clash ever did.According to the LA Times… Summarizing Jon Langford’s contributions to punk rock and all of its permutations, as well as his career-long obsession with American roots music, is liable to overwhelm anyone, exploring such topics as political frustration and career disillusionment.Langford has also produced captivating portraits of country music icons including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Alex Kotlowitz

    Alex Kotlowitz

    Guest host, Bob Hercules sits down with the prolific author, journalist and filmmaker, Alex Kotlowitz. Alex is best known for his books exploring the intersection of poverty, urban violence and race, which includes his landmark book, THERE ARE NO CHILDREN HERE, which came out in 1992. And, his newest book…AN AMERICAN SUMMER / LOVE AND DEATH IN CHICAGO, which just came out this year.Alex talks about his winding career, working at the Wall St. Journal to working with Michael Moore and Ira Glass of "This American Life." He also discusses the trauma that violence and poverty has on people, that is often overlooked, and the impact that writing about such difficult topics as had on him personally.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Mavis Staples

    Mavis Staples

    Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” Mavis Staples is an iconic artist whose impact on culture continues to reverberate. She’s both a Blues and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; a civil rights icon; a GRAMMY Award-winner; and a chart-topping soul/gospel/R&B pioneer. She marched with Dr. King, performed at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, and sang in Barack Obama’s White House. She’s collaborated with a wide array of notable artists such as Prince, Bob Dylan and Ry Cooder. Host Steve Ordower talks with Mavis about some of these collaborations along with the rest of her illustrious career…starting out with her family as The Staple Singers, her father’s distinctive guitar style, and her experience appearing several times on the ground-breaking gospel music television show JUBILEE SHOWCASE.

    • 55 min
    Bob Hercules - Filmmaker

    Bob Hercules - Filmmaker

    Host Steve Ordower sits down with filmmaker Bob Hercules to discuss his recent documentary, “Maya Angelou l And Still I rise”, along with the rest of Hercules’ prolific career. This documentary, which won a Peabody award, is the first feature documentary on the singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer who inspired generations with modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. As part of the Peabody 30, the program was considered “the best of the best” out of 1,200 entries in television, radio, podcast, and web programming broadcast in 2017.This film was also an official selection in the Sundance Film Festival, and won 19 awards on 3 continents. We also talk about the rest of Hercules' extraordinary career, discussing films about Bill T. Jones, Saul Alinsky, as well as Holocaust survivor Eva Kor.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Leaps Of Faiths

    Leaps Of Faiths

    LEAPS OF FAITHS is about interfaith (Jewish-Catholic) marriage, with implications for other kinds of intercultural families. In the film, love is tested by faith, and faith is tested by love. A Jew and a Catholic may have grown up looking at the other faith as ‘over there’ or ‘the other’ … but when they fall in love, that’s no longer possible. Now they’re family, and that’s when things get really interesting. 80% of Reform Jews who got married in the last 5 years intermarried, and a majority of American Jews today are partnered with someone of a different cultural or religious background. In a world that can seem increasingly polarized and tribal, interfaith families are crossing borders.LEAPS OF FAITHS is produced by Rhythm & Light for broadcast on WTTW Chicago and streaming platforms. It was an official selection of the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival where it sold out, and is being considered for other festivals. It’s attracting large audiences at screening and post-discussions in the Chicago area.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

riddikuluspatronus1 ,

Great!

Very detailed and informative. The guests are excellent. I really enjoyed the insight of the artists and how they gained popularity. The chemistry with each guest is excellent! Looking forward to more episodes!

Maurice Powell aka NBA CYPHER ,

great listen

luv the conversation and the amazing music.

Ya mans n em ,

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