Episode #209

Authenticity, Dreams, Imposters

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Saturday, March 03, 2001

Kurt Andersen looks at why satire is no longer necessary, industrial designer David Kelley talks about his favorite interface designs, and playwright Kirk Smith describes his new work about the redemptive power of radio. Kurt and writer Lawrence Weschler explore the slippery idea of authenticity, with stories about electronic architecture in concert halls, and the delicate balance between art and truth in documentary photography.

Guests:

Lawrence Weschler

Commentary: Who Needs Satire Anymore?

Kurt wonders if actual news has become entertaining enough to stand in for comedy. 

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Design for the Real World: The Automatic Teller Machine

Product designer David Kelley looks at the interface of one of modern society's most indispensable machines.

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Now Playing: Despair's Book of Dreams

In Despair's Book of Dreams, a new play by the Texas-based poet and musician Kirk Smith, radio is redemption.

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Lawrence Weschler on Authenticity

Kurt Andersen and writer Lawrence Weschler talk about authenticity and the gray areas between truth and fiction. 

Weschler is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including Boggs: A Comedy of Values, Calamity of Exiles, and Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder. He teaches courses in the fiction of ...

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Is It Live or Is It Memorex?

Producer Jeff Lunden examines how acousticians play with sound, on CDs and in the concert hall.

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Radio Imposters

Producer Andy Lanset looks at an earlier age when actors posed as politicians, from McKinley and Debs to Churchill.  

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The Art of Photojournalism

Photojournalist Ken Light observes his profession and its struggle to artfully capture reality.

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Playing with Gender

We listen in to Obie Award-winning actor Peggy Shaw, and her one woman play, Menopausal Gentleman.

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