Oct 4, 2015
Cass and Bob talk with Baba Brinkman, a Canadian rapper and playwright who’s best known for combining hip-hop music with literature and science. He’s a comparative literature scholar with a vast repertoire of rap guides to literature, evolution, religion, human nature, business, medicine, wilderness, climate change…you name it, he’s rapped about it. He is a one-of-a-kind artist. Brinkman’s plays have toured the world and enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway in New York. His newest play The Rap Guide to Religion recently concluded a six month run at the Soho Playhouse, where it was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category “Unique Theatrical Experience”. Baba is also a pioneer in the genre of “lit-hop” or literary hip-hop, known for his adaptations of The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh. He has spoken at several TEDx conferences.
We taped this talk on Oct 3rd, 2015. Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and most podcast platforms. If you’re feeling grateful for our podcast, Patreon.com is like a per episode tip jar for our work.
"Towering Mountain of Ignorance" intro by Hank Green https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3v3S82TuxU
Intro bumper "Never Know" by Jack Johnson
All other music is by Baba Brinkman and his co-writers.