All Things Considered with Alex Cohen

Daily Dose - Freeway rock jam, "Being Terry Kennedy," stem cell poetry

October 12, 2010 -- So far today I've driven on two freeways and thankfully neither of them was the 101. If you didn't hear today's big story, the band Imperial Stars pulled an interesting stunt on the Valley freeway... They stopped their truck in the middle of the freeway, got on top of it and started jamming.

The bizarre concert blocked three lanes of traffic on the 101 near Sunset. Police arrested the band members. Officer Miguel Luevano thinks he has an idea how the band came up with the idea for the stunt. Take a listen:
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I, however, have a different hypothesis... I think the band once saw the AWESOME made-for-tv movie "The Great American Traffic Jam." During this cheesy flick from 1980, L.A.'s freeways become paralyzed with a series of accidents. A band on their way to a gig decides to put on a free show and then become local heroes. When I heard today's news, that film was the first thing I thought of... I was very saddened to see the movie isn't available on Netflix. I may just have to buy a VHS copy on Amazon!

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Terry Kennedy is an African American guy who would sometimes hide away his skateboard as a teenager, even though he loved to skate. He says local kids would call him "white boy" and couldn't understand why he'd want to be a skateboarder.

Well, a lot has changed since then. Now the 25-year-old boarder from Long beach has a new reality TV show called "Being Terry Kennedy." It premieres tonight on BET.

The show will focus on how Kennedy takes care of his six family members through his skateboarding career. It also highlights his rap group The Fly Society and his new clothing line.

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Stem cells can be a very controversial topic - as the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine learned this week. They decided to hold a poetry contest to commemorate Stem Cell Awareness Day last week. The thought was that perhaps poetry could lighten the mood around the issue.

The mission backfired. One of the poems, entitled "Stem C." began "this is my body/which is given for you" and ended with "take this/in remembrance of me." Those words echo language used during Holy Communion in many churches and that miffed the conservative California Family Council. The Council called the poem blasphemous so The Institute yanked the poem from its website. They also apologized in a statement for any offense the poem may have caused.

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