Episode #507

Morrison, Love, Tripp

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Saturday, February 14, 2004

Kurt Andersen and Toni Morrison, one of the most acclaimed novelists of our age, talk about her new book Love, and they explore how that deep emotion shapes our lives and our creativity. Two poetry students put romance into every single thing they write (with protest from their teacher); a Tennessee man proves his devotion to his father in welded steel; and two rising stars of the New York music scene perform a brand-new love song to an ancient text by Rumi.

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Toni Morrison

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Special Guest: Toni Morrison

Kurt Andersen and the Nobel prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison talk about love in all of its forms — for people, things and ideas.  

Toni Morrison is the author of eight novels, including Beloved and Song of Solomon, and her latest Love. Her children’s books include The Book ...

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Soaring

In a poetry class at an adult learning center on Chicago’s North Side, the teacher Susan House usually keeps things fairly subdued. But when former gang member Sifredo Torres walked in, his eyes met those of Diana Giraldo, and sparks flew. From that moment on, every word Torres wrote ...

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Mind Field

In Brownsville, Tennessee there’s an enormous monument of structural steel teetering out up of the earth. It’s called the Mind Field, and it’s the life’s work of an artist named Billy Tripp. Producer Hal Humphreys visited the site with Tripp and learned about the man who inspired it: Tripp’s ...

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Love Song

In a show about love, there are millions of love songs to choose from. Studio 360 asked two musicians to give us one more. Guitarist Ben Monder and singer Theo Bleckmann are young jazz masters. They picked an ancient text from Rumi, the 13th century Persian mystic ...

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Couples

Three couples — Tom and Ruth Kassoy, Kate and Mike McCabe, and Lad and Lois Shurely — talk about romance. Produced by Barrett Golding.

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