Episode #1118

War Lovers, Streb, Knuffle Bunny

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Studio 360 Episode 1118, War Lovers, Streb, Knuffle Bunny Theodore Roosevelt (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Choreographer Elizabeth Streb tells Kurt what it takes to be an extreme action hero. Author Evan Thomas shows us how the war-mongering that led to the 1898 Spanish-American war resonates today. And the writer Quang Bao reveals the moment he learned that a poem could be sexy.

Extreme Action Hero

On site at her dance laboratory in Brooklyn, Elizabeth Streb tells Kurt about the genesis of her "extreme choreography." She says it started in her childhood, hunting and fishing with her father. Her new book is called, Streb: How to Become an Extreme Action ...

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Knuffle Bunny

Bus-driving pigeons and missing stuffed animals made children's author and illustrator Mo Willems a hit among the playground set. Now a musical based on his book, Knuffle Bunny, is set to open at the Kennedy Center in May. Produced by Mark Anderson.

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Aha Moment: e.e. cummings

As a child Quang Bao fled Vietnam and lived in a refugee camp with his family. They eventually settled in Sugarland, Texas, and he was in high school when he discovered e. e. cummings. "i like my body when it is with your" set him on the path ...

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War Fever

Occupy a country half-way round the world? No problem! Evan Thomas's new book, The War Lovers, looks at a key moment in military adventurism. Thomas tells Kurt how the war-mongering that drove the largely forgotten Spanish American War resonates with the war in Iraq.

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Next to Normal

The sleeper Broadway hit about a mother with bipolar disorder and her family recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Kurt talks with its star, Alice Ripley, and composer Tom Kitt.

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Bonus Track:
"A Light in the Dark"

Kurt talks with Alice Ripley and J. Robert Spencer (who plays Diana's husband, Dan) about the characters' complicated relationship. They perform the song live in the studio.

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