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By any musician’s standards, Rhiannon Giddens has taken a tortuous and intricate path, from operatic training in a prestigious conservatory to the banjo in a unique black string group to singing tarantella. In this week’s episode, she performs live and chats with David Remnick. And when a burglar nicknamed Spider-Man robbed a Parisian museum for seventy million dollars worth of artwork overnight, he discovered that it was harder to sell masterpieces than to sell. steal them.
America’s Queen Rhiannon Giddens goes global
A founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, the singer and banjo player chats with David Remnick and performs songs from his new album.
For a French burglar, stealing masterpieces is easier than selling them
Vjeran Tomic made the biggest art heist of his generation: seventy million dollars worth of paintings recovered from a Parisian museum. But that’s where his troubles started.
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