Episode #345

Earthquake, Hurricane, Godzilla

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Saturday, November 09, 2002

Studio 360 runs for cover. Kurt Andersen and the writer Sebastian Junger look at the ways artists capture the harrowing experience of natural disaster. An artist re-purposes an earthquake. Godzilla is not what you think he is. A photographer of hurricanes gets in over his head. And the cast of Broadway's Frankie and Johnny explains the meaning of a theatrical "two-hander."


Sebastian Junger

Commentary: Crafting a New Identity

The American Craft Museum has just reinvented itself as the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design. It's the fourth time since the museum was founded, just 46 years ago, that it has changed its name, and it makes Kurt Andersen think about the vanity of creative nomenclature.


Now Playing: Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

A big hit on Broadway right now is a revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, starring Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci. The play is what theater people call a two-hander — because it uses only two actors to tell its story. Two-handers are cheap ...


Sebastien Junger on Disaster

Kurt Andersen and the writer Sebastian Junger talk about why our culture is drawn to the menace and beauty of natural disaster. 

Junger wrote The Perfect Storm, the best-selling nonfiction book about a Gloucester, Massachusetts fishing crew lost in an extraordinary North Atlantic hurricane. His most recent book, Fire, is ...



The photographer Clifford Ross has spent several years chasing down hurricanes along the East Coast. Waist-deep in the stormy water, Ross captures the moment when the waves turn from ominous to terrifying.



The 1994 Northridge Quake in California killed 56 people and caused $20 billion in damage. As scary as the ‘94 disaster was, one artist in Los Angeles found the aftermath in his apartment building inspiring.



If you thought Godzilla was a symbol for the atom bomb, you were half right. He also stands in for a threat the Japanese have lived with for centuries. David Kalat, author of A Critical History of the Godzilla series, J.D. Lees of G-Fan, and Chris Holland and Scott Hamilton ...


The Clogging Governor

Now that the fall elections are over, acrimonious and tricky as ever, we thought we'd close the show with a politician — and a tricky one too. Bob Wise is Governor of West Virginia, but he's also a devotee of the shuffling, stomping Appalachian dance called clogging.


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