She Left the Kibbutz and the Concert Hall to Play “Back in Black” on the Cello

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Sept. 4 2014 8:08 PM

A Brilliant Cellist Embraces the Devil’s Music

The Gist speaks with cellist Maya Beiser about rocking out classically.

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Maya Beiser performing at BAM Live.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo Courtesy Maya Beiser.

Listen to Episode 85 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on The Gist, cellist Maya Beiser tells us how her rebellious streak led her out of the classical concert hall and into the arms of classic rock. Her new album is called Uncovered. Also, political scientist Jay Ulfelder explains his efforts to quantify all the trouble in the world. For the Spiel, how the phrase “I have yet to meet the person … ” works as an indicator of ignorance.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.