Herb Alpert & Dirty Art

Friday, March 30, 2012

Kurt Andersen talks with the legendary trumpeter and bandleader Herb Alpert, whose Tijuana Brass gave the 1960s its swing. The novelist Lionel Shriver writes a comedy with terrorism in the background in her new book The New Republic. A Burmese punk band holds it breath for democracy. And we visit ...

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Willem Dafoe & Homemade Hunger Games

Friday, March 23, 2012

Kurt Andersen talks with Willem Dafoe — the shapeshifting actor is starring in three movies in theaters now. We’ll hear from fans of The Hunger Games who made their own film versions of the books long before Hollywood. And we’ll turn trash into treasure with the help of talented writers: ...

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Woody Guthrie & Andrew Bird

Friday, March 16, 2012

Kurt Andersen speaks with Pete Seeger, Sharon Jones, and others about why "This Land is Your Land" endures, as part of our American Icons series. Later in the hour, writer Anne Lamott and musician Andrew Bird let us in on their creative processes. Hint: one involves holing yourself up in ...

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The 'War on Women' & Will Ferrell

Friday, March 09, 2012

This week Kurt Andersen talks with Will Ferrell. For his new movie, Casa de Mi Padre, he joined a cast of Mexican actors for a role performed entirely in Spanish. Director Joseph Cedar’s Footnote tells the story of a tense rivalry between professors, father and son. Hear how Amy Poehler ...

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Kickstarter & A Kids' Book About Meth

Friday, March 02, 2012

Acclaimed young-adult novelist Jacqueline Woodson tells Kurt Andersen that teens are ready to read about drug addiction. Arts funding in the age of Kickstarter: a co-founder of the online crowd-funding platform believes it will soon eclipse the NEA — we’ll weigh the pros and cons of Kickstarter compared to government ...

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