Henry Petroski/Etc.

Petroski: Henry Petroski, Duke University professor of engineering and history, joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his new book, “Pushing the Limits, New Adventures in Engineering” (Knopf/2004). Petroski’s previous book subjects have included (among others) a history of the pencil, an examination of the design of every day objects and a memoir of being a paperboy. In his most recent book Petroski focuses on the monumental feats of design and engineering including some of the more spectacular failures like the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. He’ll also explain why Raleigh’s own Dorton arena is such a marvel architects travel from across the globe to see it. (40:00) (SD)

Musicians In Their Own Words: As a teenager, Poncho Sanchez used to hang out in his mother’s garage, playing a conga drum for hours on end. He had stacks of Tito Puente records … mixed in with his share of James Brown. Now Sanchez is a Grammy-winning bandleader with 26 albums to his credit. He’s often described as the “keeper of the flame” of Latin Jazz. Musicians in Their Own Words is produced by David Schulman and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. (4:00) (DS)

Objects of Desire: The North Carolina Museum of Art has put together an exhibit of art the museum has collected over the past decade. The exhibition, Objects of Desire: The Museum Collects, 1994-2004, offers a selection of paintings, sculpture, photography and video from various cultures and historical periods. The museum’s chief curator, John Coffey will join host Frank Stasio to explain how a curator chooses the works for this sort of exhibit and what goes into designing a museum’s permanent collection. (10:00) (SH)

Essay: Nearly every weekend banjo picker Joe Newberry and his band Big Medicine travel from North Carolina to play at a bluegrass festival. A stop earlier this month in New Jersey harvested an unexpected connection for three brothers in the audience. (3:00) (KW)

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