American Icons: Moby-Dick

Friday, December 30, 2011

In this Peabody Award-winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of the great white whale.

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Sherlock and Sci-Fi Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011

This week, we'll follow the clues to decipher how Sherlock Holmes has stayed fresh for more than a century. We'll meet "Sherlock Holmes in sneakers" — 5th grade detective "Encyclopedia Brown" — and also the creator of hit TV show House, whose powers (and weaknesses) are modeled on Holmes'. Plus, ...

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Are Computers Creative?

Friday, December 16, 2011

This week, Kurt Andersen asks: can computers make art? And if so, is it any good?  We’ll meet a program named AARON that’s been painting for nearly 40 years, a filmmaker who replaced her editor with an algorithm, and professor who thinks what computers need is more Shakespeare.

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Kate Winslet & Newt the Novelist

Friday, December 09, 2011

Kurt Andersen talks with Kate Winslet about her new movie Carnage, her mastery of playing complicated women, and the challenges of on-screen vomiting. Lalah Hathaway comes to terms with the complicated legacy of her father, the R&B singer and song-writer Donny Hathaway. Plus the illustrator Lou Beach tries his hand ...

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Umberto Eco & Harold O’Neal

Friday, December 02, 2011

Kurt Andersen talks with the novelist Umberto Eco, whose new thriller The Prague Cemetery imagines the author of one of the most notorious books ever written. The celebrated collage artist Romare Bearden is remembered by two friends who were with him in his last days. And the jazz pianist Harold ...

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