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Why so few women behind the camera?

Cinematographer Rachel Morrison on the set of
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison on the set of "Mudbound."

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On today's show:

Cinematography: A stubborn male stronghold

In 2018, for the first time in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards, a woman was nominated for cinematography. Rachel Morrison's nomination for "Mudbound" was a significant milestone, but it also raised an important question: Why did this recognition take so long? The answer, partly, is that there aren't many women working the kinds of films that get recognized at the Oscars. Of the 250 top-grossing films of 2018, only four percent had a female director of photography. That figure, from San Diego State University's annual Celluloid Ceiling Report, is the same as it was when the study was first conducted 20 years ago. The Frame producer Monica Bushman looks into what's holding female cinematographers back. (In full episode, starts at 1:00)

Your invitation to Song Club

(Starts at 8:45)

Song Club is an L.A.-based performance and conversation series featuring songwriters of all genres composing music around a common theme. Hosted by songwriters Inara George and Eleni Mandell, the series evolved from Mandell’s songwriting workshops at local colleges and prisons. John Horn moderated a Song Club event at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon last Fall. Before the show, he spoke with George and Mandell about songwriting today and the goal of their concert series.

Song Exploder: Yo-Yo Ma and classic Bach

(Starts at 20:45)

Yo-Yo Ma is perhaps the most famous and well-loved cellist in the world. He was born in Paris in 1955; his family moved to the U.S. when he was seven-years-old. He played for President Kennedy that year. He played at Carnegie Hall for the first time when he was 16. He’s won 18 Grammys and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And for this special episode of Song Exploder, he breaks down a piece that he didn’t create, but he’s performed so many times. It’s the Prelude from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite Number 1 in G Major. It’s one of the most famous pieces of music written for the cello. Yo-Yo Ma first recorded the Bach Cello Suites in 1983, then again in 1998. Now, at age 62, he’s recorded them for what he says may be the last time. It’s for an album called "Six Evolutions: Bach Cello Suites." The beloved cellist spoke with Hrishikesh Hirway about what’s changed about the way he approaches this piece of music.