Episode #1030

Bigelow, Taqwacore, Historic Picnic

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1030, Bigelow, Taqwacore, Historic Picnic Kathryn Bigelow (Jonathan Olley)

Kathryn Bigelow, director of the intense new Iraq war movie "The Hurt Locker" tells Kurt how Andy Warhol inspired her to make action movies. Samantha Peale depicts the unglamorous lives behind the art world in her novel The American Painter Emma Dial, which draws on her own experience as an assistant to Jeff Koons. And we hear from the late Frank McCourt, recorded in Studio 360 in 2002.

The Hurt Locker

Director Kathryn Bigelow’s new movie follows a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team around Baghdad in 2004, as the insurgency was cresting – and the tension doesn’t let up for a minute. Bigelow (who directed the cult surfer movie “Point Break”) tells Kurt that she cast unknown ...


Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt, who died last week, won the Pulitzer Prize for Angela's Ashes, his desperate, unsentimental memoir of a destitute childhood. When he spoke with Kurt in 2002, he proposed a new parenting philosophy: "Give children nothing."


Samantha Peale

After art school, Samantha Peale served as an assistant to one of contemporary art's biggest stars, Jeff Koons. In her new novel The American Painter Emma Dial, a talented young artist does virtually all the painting while her famous boss woos collectors. But Peale, surprisingly, ...


A Picnic for the Ages

Is that Harriet Tubman by the nachos? Every summer, people who make their living re-enacting historical characters gather for dinner. Paul Revere gets into an argument with his mother-in-law, while Abraham Lincoln cracks wise about broccoli. They don’t come in costume, but for these performers, it’s hard to ...



When Islamic convert Michael Muhammad Knight wrote a novel about Muslim-American punk rockers, The Taqwacores, he thought it was a fantasy. Turns out he was onto something. Soon he was the guest of honor at the first mosh pit in Pakistan. Produced ...

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Bonus Track: "Chaku!"

"Chaku!" from The Kominas' 2008 album Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay.


Survey Says!

Nathan Austin isn't your typical poet: he gets his material – word for word – from TV. For two months, Austin transcribed answers given on "Family Feud" and alphabetized them for a new book called Survey Says! Produced by Sarah Campbell. Reading by WNYC's

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