John Wesley Harding and The Swerve

Friday, September 30, 2011

This week, singer-songwriter-turned-novelist John Wesley Harding performs live in the studio. And Kurt Andersen digs deep into a new book called The Swerve — it’s the story of how an ancient Roman poem predicted radical philosophical, scientific, even sexual ideas centuries before their time. Plus we uncover the secret life ...

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Superhero Makeovers and Magical Fiction

Friday, September 23, 2011

This week, superheroes are born again. From Superman to Batgirl, DC Comics has reinvented its entire line — but not all fans are pleased.  A group of renegade artists get a retrospective at a museum they once defaced.  And as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes headlines this week, we look at ...

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Albert Brooks in Drive, Nirvana’s Nevermind

Friday, September 16, 2011

This week, our American Icons series continues with a look at Nirvana’s Nevermind — was it rock and roll’s last great hurrah? Kurt Andersen talks with Albert Brooks about his surprising role in the new movie Drive, and his new futuristic novel. Plus, Kurt talks with Matt Damon about the ...

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Artists Remember 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

Ten years after 9/11, we are still trying to make sense of that day and its consequences. Kurt Andersen visits the new national 9/11 memorial with its architect, Michael Arad. Steve Reich explains why it took him a decade to write music about the attacks that ravaged his neighborhood. A group of ...

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Jonathan Franzen and The World Trade Center

Friday, September 02, 2011

This week, two stories from the World Trade Center as it once was: Kurt Andersen talks with Philippe Petit about his daring tightrope walk between the towers in 1974, and Stephen Vitiello composes music using the sounds of the building. Plus, the novelist Jonathan Franzen — his epic best-seller about ...

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