Chris Kjorness

A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Chris Kjorness works as a writer, musician, and educator in Northern Virginia. When not wielding the weapon of the future, you can find him indoctrinating his two young boys with music snob specials.

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Brotherhood of the Traveling Parachute Pants | 1 Apr 2012 // 5:00 PM

Like lattés, Baby Bjørns, and bicycles, we bookish white boys love hip-hop. What one nerdy white boy from Wyoming learned from hip-hop.


Beats, Rhymes and Jihad | 6 Oct 2014 // 8:30 PM

Hip-hop appeals to those who feel powerless and disenfranchised, which is why ISIS looks to hip-hop communities as potential recruiting grounds.

The Music That Sprouts Between Empires: Ukrainian Culture Amidst Conflict | 22 Jul 2014 // 8:30 PM

Ukraine was once considered the musical heartland of the Russian Empire, its culture thriving between the cracks of various powerful and competing empires.


Toumani Diabaté and Sidiki Diabaté: Toumani & Sidiki | 21 May 2014 // 8:04 PM

A father and son treat listeners to an album that took 700 years to make and subtly make an important statement about the nature and resilience of culture.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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