Episode #426

Refuge, Tradition, Hollywood

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Saturday, June 28, 2003

Kurt Andersen and novelist Emmanuel Dongala talk about making art in exile. We hear about European composers fleeing World War II who reinvented the film score in the golden age of Hollywood. Artist Shirin Neshat, living in the U.S., makes films about her homeland of Iran, while Albania’s national folk-singing treasure struggles to make a living in Queens. And design critic Philip Nobel reveals his latest crush — on his vacuum cleaner.

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Emmanuel Dongala

Commentary: The Censorship Impulse

Americans are nuts about free speech, but as Studio 360's Kurt Andersen notes, the impulse to censor is never as far off as we think.  

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Design for the Real World: Miele Vacuum Cleaner

Design Critic Philip Nobel confesses a peculiar passion for a household appliance—The Miele vacuum cleaner.

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Special Guest: Emmanuel Dongala

Kurt Andersen and Congolese novelist Emmanuel Dongala look at the lives and work of composers, writers, and musicians who left their native homelands and sought refuge in the United States.

Emmanuel Dongala was born in the Congo Republic and educated in the United States and France. In 1997, civil war ...

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Exiled in Hollywood

In the 1930s and '40s, Hollywood became a major destination for European composers fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe, and they made Tinseltown an important musical center, not just for film scores, but for contemporary classical music. Produced by Jeff Lunden.

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Quang Bao

Twenty-four years after arriving in the U.S., a young Vietnamese-American poet returned to Saigon with his father. Quang Bao reflects on how the visit forced him to redefine his notion of home. Produced by Jocelyn Gonzales.

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Merita Halili

Albania's national folk-singing treasure adjusts to a new life in America. Produced by Eric Copage and Jocelyn Gonzales.

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Shirin Neshat

The Iranian-born filmmaker who now lives in the U.S. describes her art as a bridge between two worlds. Produced by Kerrie Hillman.

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