Episode #444

Morrison, Love, Tripp

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Saturday, November 01, 2003

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 before decent writing, 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.  


Toni Morrison

Commentary: Tuning Out

For decades Americans looked to television for automatic entertainment. But, as Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen was excited to learn, TV these days doesn’t have such a tight grip on us.


Special Guest: Toni Morrison

Kurt Andersen and Nobel prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison talk about loves of various kinds — 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 of Mean People ...



The story begins in a poetry class at an adult learning center on Chicago's North Side. The teacher, Susan House, usually keeps things fairly subdued. But one day, Sifredo Torres walks in. He's a former gang member working toward his GED. When his eyes meet those of Diana Giraldo, ...


Mind Field

In Brownsville, Tennessee, there's an enormous monument of structural steel teetering out up of the loam. 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 ...


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 ...



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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