Episode #942

Peanuts, Kerouac, Matisyahu

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Studio 360 Episode 942, Peanuts, Kerouac, Matisyahu Peanuts Characters (United Feature Syndicate, Inc.)

Good grief! Charles Schulz's biographer reveals some surprising secrets about the creator of "Peanuts." A couple of newlyweds struggle over whether On the Road is just a boy book; and the cellist Erik Friedlander improvises music to a passage from the book. We explore changing the look of interstate highway signs. Plus, a Hasidic Jewish reggae singer tells us how he got that way.

You're a Complicated Man, Charlie Brown

At its peak, over 350 million people around the world read the Peanuts comic strip. Its creator Charles Schulz led a much darker life than anyone ever realized, and he put his troubles into the funny pages every day. Kurt Andersen talks with Schulz's biographer, David Michaelis, ...

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On the Road

Studio 360 wanted to find out whether Jack Kerouac’s novel still speaks to readers. We asked Hillary Frank and Jonathan Menjivar, two newly married radio producers, to explore that. But it turned out Hillary had never read it, so Jonathan gave ...

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Aha Moment: Matisyahu

Reggae music often draws on Old Testament mythology about the exodus and the promised land, but in America its fans are usually pretty secular. A singer named Matisyahu is changing that. He's a Hasidic Jew, and his shows are packed with young Orthodox men as well as dreadlocked ...

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Erik Friedlander

In the 1960s and 70s, Lee Friedlander took his family on summer road trips, and took pictures that established him as a great American photographer. Erik Friedlander, his son, grew up to be an innovative cellist. Kurt talks with him about his



Erik Friedlander performs in Studio 360.


Design for the Real World: Interstate Signs

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

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