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Frank Zappa on the Fringes of Rock and Roll

Rock musician Frank Zappa, who died in 1993. For more than 20 years -- including 11 years leading the Mothers of Invention -- Zappa made music that was in turn funny, gross, esoteric, satirical, and danceable. He's now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Rebroadcast)

27:37

"The Real Frank Zappa" on His Career so Far

Before starting his anarchic, avant-garde band the Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa wrote chamber music and played in lounge bands. His new memoir explains how he went from a freelance guitarist to an unwitting rock star.

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Rock Musician and Composer Frank Zappa

Zappa's avant-garde band, the Mothers of Invention, failed to get much airplay, in part because of their explicit lyrics. Zappa now divides his time between studio composition and live performance. He is politically active, and has fought against censorship and encouraged his fans to register to vote.

10:37

Conductor Kent Nagano Expands the Repertoire

Kent Nagano conducts the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. He's known for performing lesser known, experimental works, including pieces by Olivier Messiaen and Frank Zappa. Contrary to many other musicians, he doesn't place much value in recordings, and believes the only way to fully appreciate a work is to witness it performed live.

06:35

The Many (Cartoon) Faces Of Actor Billy West

If you've watched cartoons in the past few decades, you probably know Billy West's voice: He's played Philip J. Fry and Zapp Brannigan on Futurama, plus Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in Space Jam (and more). West explains how he comes up with his voices -- and demonstrates a few of his favorites.

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Billy West: The Many (Cartoon) Voices In His Head

If you've watched cartoons in the past few decades, you probably know Billy West's voice: He's played Philip J. Fry and Zapp Brannigan on Futurama, plus Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in Space Jam (and more). West explains how he comes up with his voices -- and demonstrates a few of his favorites.

09:33

Serving Appalachia

Father Ralph Beiting's ministry serves the poor of the Appalachian region, which he says was overlooked by the reforms and social programs of the 1960s. He links poverty to the degradation of family life. Despite the difficulties associated with his work, Beiting has fallen in love with the area and its people.

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Director Mark Rappaport.

Independent film director, writer and editor Mark Rappaport. His newest film is "From the Journals of Jean Seberg," about the actress Jean Seberg. The movie is a "fictitious autobiography" and places Seberg's life and work in a political context of the 1960s. Seberg's life ended in a tragic suicide. She grew up in Iowa, was best known for her role in Jean Luc Godard's "Breathless," and Otto Preminger's "Saint Joan." In the 60s she got involved with the Black Panthers.

09:21

Science Fiction Writer Thomas M. Disch

The novelist once said that science fiction is a branch of children's literature -- an assertion he largely stands by today. Nonetheless, he makes a concerted effort to write for adults, using the genre to satirize serious topics. His newest book for young readers is called The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.

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