Episode #837

On the Road

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Studio 360 Episode 837, On the Road Emile Hirsch and Sean Penn, on the set of Into the Wild. (Chuck Zlotnick)

The road trip as a rite of passage. Sean Penn tells us about his new movie, Into the Wild, a true story about a young man who leaves everything behind to live alone in the Alaskan wilderness. And we celebrate the 50th anniversary of On the Road. A couple of newlyweds struggle over whether it’s just a boy book - and the cellist Erik Friedlander improvises music to a passage from the book.

Into the Wild

In 1990 Chris McCandless was just out of college. He decided to sell all his possessions, donate the money to charity, then hitchhike to Alaska to live alone in the wilderness. Jon Krakauer’s account of McCandless life and death was the bestseller Into the Wild. This week it ...

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On the Road

Jack Kerouac’s novel turned 50 this month and Studio 360 wanted to find out whether the book still speaks to readers. We turned to Hillary Frank and Jonathan Menjivar, newly married radio producers, to go exploring. Turned out Hillary had never read ...

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Erik Friedlander

For over a decade of summers in the 1960s and 70s, Erik’s dad, the photographer Lee Friedlander, took his family on long road trips across America. The photos Lee took during these trips established him one of the most celebrated photographers of modern America.

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: "Rushmore"

Erik Friedlander performs "Rushmore" in Studio 360.

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Design for the Real World: Interstate Signs

On America’s earliest highways, road signs were hand-painted on wood. When interstate highways became standardized, so did the typeface. But in all sorts of conditions it still looks fuzzy. Graphic designer Don Meeker helped bring highway signage back into focus. Produced by Derek John.

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Happiness

Tania Ketenjian recently crossed the country in an old Subaru talking to strangers. She started all of her conversations by asking them what made them happy. She also talked to scholars studying the deceptively simple idea of happiness (including Paul Ekman of UC San Francisco, ...

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