Barney Frank to Retire; Robots FTW; Grawemeyer Award for Music; New Sherlock Holmes: Today on Here and Now

by Brad Yost on November 28, 2011

Some highlights for Monday’s show:

1:06pm Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank, one of the nation’s leading liberal voices, will hold a news conference this afternoon at which he’s expected to announce that he will not seek re-election next year.   Frank, who’s served in the House of Representatives since 1980, was one of the first lawmakers to announce that he’s gay.  Last year he co-authored and helped pass the Dodd-Frank legislation to overhaul the U.S. financial system.

1:21pm When was the last time that you bagged your own groceries? Cleaned your own dishes? Or pumped your own gas?  Chances are, it hasn’t been long. But our next guest wants us to think twice about why we often spend so much of our time doing unpaid menial tasks.  Craig Lambert writes in the New York Times that as machines replace low-level workers at places such as the gas station, we’re taking on an increasingly heavy burden of so-called “shadow work.”  Lambert says it’s a sign that “the robots have won.”

1:34pm The 2012 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition has been awarded to Esa-Pekka Salonen for his “Violin Concerto.” The 30-minute piece debuted in 2009. Salonen believes it is the first time a modern drum set has been incorporated into a violin concerto. We’ll have a conversation with the composer.

1:49pm Author Anthony Horowitz is the creator of the best selling “Alex Rider” series of books for young adult readers.  Now he takes up the mantle of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a new Sherlock Holmes novel authorized by Doyle’s estate.  Longtime Holmes fans will find many familiar elements in “The House of Silk,” such as Inspector Lestrade, brother Mycroft, and the Baker Street Irregulars.

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