The radio documentary that Kristian Leth made for KCRW‘s UnFictional show about vodou spirits possessing a guest at his father’s house in 1999 is a finalist in the South California Journalism Awards. The award ceremony is held Sunday, June 26th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in LA, it is hosted by the Los Angeles Press Club.
After an intense launch with TV appearances, newspaper interviews and radio by the authors ‘Historien om det hele’ (written together with evolutionary biologist Eske Willerslev) spent a month as #1 on the Danish Bestseller List.
The book sparked a debate about the validity of the scientific method as a model to live by. The premise of the book is that science is our foremost tool to decipher causality in nature and the material universe, but at the same time the world is so much more than that. And most scientist would acknowledge that science sheds light on a very limited field of existence. Eske Willerslev argues in the book that it is actually unscientific to jump from that standpoint to the conclusion that science somehow rules out or even argues against spiritual or religious models. Kristian Leth describes how our framework for understanding the world today is culturally defined, limited and very much just that: A framework. He also tries to go beyond the language of that framework, to approach a new language: Where we can both be modern, rational and enlightened – and at the same time talk informedly about subjects that are both real and unreal, unprovable and magical.
Written, recorded and edited by Kristian Leth, the new podcast series ‘Musikkens Historier’ (‘Music Stories’) was launched last week by Danish media house Politiken. The series went straight to the #1 spot on iTunes, with a half hour show decoding the myriad influences on Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s hit ‘Uptown Funk’.
The podcast was launched at a live event in Copenhagen where Kristian gave a talk, played examples from his career as a radio journalist and answered questions from the crowd.
The book written by Kristian Leth and world-renowned evolutionary biologist Eske Willerslev called ‘Historien om det hele – Fortællinger om magi og videnskab’ (‘The Story of Everything – Tales of Magic and Science’) is out March 17th from Danish publisher People’s Press.
The book is based on years of discussions between writer, artist and thinker Leth and top scientist Willerslev – dealing with the experience of the supernatural, the history of ideas, animism as a valid world view and the limits of science.
None of them claim to have all the answers, but together they argue for a coherent, more open world view, where faith and rationalism do not exclude each other.
Atlantic Sound Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn was the framework for an intense week of recording for Kristian Leth’s new solo album.
Recordings were with a full band, featuring Nikolaj Busk and Ale Carr from Dreamers’ Circus, drummer Ray Belli who is in the band Arc Iris, cellist Claire Bryant who normally plays with the Decoda Ensemble, Moogie Johnson of Chorus Grant and Lasse Boman fra Shaka Loveless‘ band.
Diko Shoturma was engineering the entire thing.
Due to some delay with the iTunes approval process, Album 2015 didn’t get into the iTunes search system until June 25th. But when it did, the crowd funded podcast went straight to the #1 position, proving that the demand was real and quite large.
Album 2015 is a podcast about “the world’s best albums”. Music critic Ralf Christensen and writer and musician Kristian Leth go through their favorite albums in their entirety, while dispensing biographical details, personal stories and philosophical notes about the musicians behind the music and the impact of the album on culture.
After two seasons on Danish National Broadcasting, Album became a cult phenomenon. So when it wasn’t continued the two hosts decided to ask for the public’s help. In 2015 they gathered more than $20,000 via Kickstarter.
Find it on iTunes here.