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                          PODCAST TRANSCRIPT – PIET MONDRIAN
  Artwork of the Week
  Hi. This week’s artwork is by the Dutch painter Pieter or Piet Mondrian, who was born on the 7th March
  1872. Mondrian is famous for these grid style paintings which use only the three primary colours and black
  and white. This one, painted between 1937 and 1942, is in the Tate Gallery in London and is called
  Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue, but if you scroll down you can see how Mondrian developed as an
  artist. When he started painting he was influenced by the impressionists, and post-impressionists such as
  Van Gogh, but after he moved to Paris in 1911 the influence of the Cubist style of Picasso and Braque
  appeared in his work almost immediately. In late 1919 Mondrian began to create all of his paintings using a
  grid-like format, painting squares and rectangles of mostly solid colours, and in 1920 the style for which he
  became famous began to appear. In September 1938 Mondrian moved from Paris to London because of
  the rise of fascism in Europe. After the Netherlands were invaded and Paris fell in 1940, he left London for
  Manhattan, and remained there until his death. The last painting in this sequence is titled Broadway Boogie
  Woogie, and was painted in 1944. By this time he had moved away completely from the black grid lines
  surrounding blocks of colour. He died of pneumonia shortly after completing this piece.

  Mystery Person
  For those of you who listened to last week’s podcast, the mystery person was Alexander Graham Bell.
  This week’s mystery person was born on the 6th of March 1927 in the town of Aracataca, Colombia. For
  the first nine years of his life he was raised by his maternal grandparents, and he was heavily influenced by
  his grandfather, who was a great storyteller and a highly respected Liberal who had fought in the Thousand
  Days War. His time living with his grandparents was the inspiration for his most famous book, which was
  published in 1967. Its title was translated into English as One Hundred Years of Solitude and brought him
  commercial success and led to his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

  Random text
  This week’s random text is a comedy sketch by the American comedian Bob Newhart.
  Uhm, I got thinking about inventions. Now inventions today are handled entirely different than they were
  say a hundred years ago. They set up new product corporations, they have sales promotion firm and they
  look at the invention in a business-like way, and this got me to thinking supposing the Wright Brothers had
  gone to a new product corporation to market their new invention called the aeroplane. I think if they had,
  a guy from the sales promotion firm would have talked to them on the phone something like this:
  Hello, who is this, Orville? Where’s, where’s Willy? Wilbur, I’m sorry. And he’ll be on late at the bicycle
  shop all week, huh? Listen, I talked to the guys here at the office and we’re real excited about this thing,
  we really think you got something. Well, we got a couple of questions. I think you’ll pretty much agree
  with us, er, that the only way to make any loot on it is to start booking passengers as soon as possible.
  Well, we may pick up a little on the baggage gimmick you know if we set it low enough, but not enough to
  make it worthwhile. Well, I got a couple of questions. Now all the pictures we got show either you or
  Wilbur lying on the wings. Now when we start booking passengers, er … oh they will, huh? Well, I mean if
  we’re going to clout them for seventy-five, eighty bucks to the coast you know I don’t know how they’ll go
  for lying on the wings like that? Yeah, yeah, I see, how many could you handle do you suppose? Five on
  either side, that’s top, huh? Yeah, well, that’s your end of it I don’t want to get into that. Listen, is there
  any way of putting a john on it? Well, Jerry came up with an idea which I kinda like, maybe we could set up
  a little snob appeal thing and get you know maybe two classes, one with a john, one without, you see what
  I mean? Yeah, well, right away we got two problems. Obviously how the hell do they get back to it is the
  first one, and secondly you’re going to be flying over cities, you know what I mean? Well, I mean some
  poor clown walking down the street, you know … let’s put it this way, bad press. You see what I mean?
  Well, you think, listen how are things coming on the plane? At Kittyhawk last week how did it go? A
  hundred and five feet, huh? That’s all? Do the twelve guys still have to push it down the hill? They do, huh?
  See that’s going to cut our time to the coast I mean if we gotta land every hundred and five feet. All right,
  well listen, you work it and get back to me. Right, I’ll be talking to you Orville, goodbye.

  OK, that’s it for this week. Incidentally that recording was from 1960. As ever you can find a written
  transcript and an mp3 audio file of the podcast by clicking the downloads tab above. It’s the document titled
  Mondrian. Thanks for listening.
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