Episode #1131

Gary Shteyngart & Amanda Palmer

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Studio 360 Episode 1131, Gary Shteyngart & Amanda Palmer Amanda Palmer (Beth Hommel)

Kurt Andersen talks to Gary Shteyngart about his new novel Super Sad True Love Story. It's a dystopian, social media-plagued epic that reads like a hilarious 1984. An 11-year-old from Rhode Island becomes an international pop star by continuing the musical traditions of his Cape Verdean heritage. And Amanda Palmer of the band Dresden Dolls plays Radiohead songs on a ukulele, live in our studio.

Super Sad True Love Story

Gary Shteyngart set his new novel, Super Sad True Love Story, in a dystopian, not-too-distant future where books are passé and social media reigns supreme — just like the present, only worse. Shteyngart tells Kurt how the reality of America's decline ended up outpacing his fiction ...

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Cape Verdean Idol

Noah Andrade is a rising star in the Cape Verdean music scene. He's also 11 years old and lives in Rhode Island. We sent Marlon Bishop to Providence to find out why Andrade is considered the new hope of Cape Verdean culture in America.

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Road Music: Thao Nguyen

Summer is touring season for musicians, and Studio 360 is asking what they like to listen to on the road. Thao Nguyen, of the band Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, relies on the Zombies song "This Will Be Our Year." It's a tune about ...

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Amanda Palmer's Magical Ukulele

Amanda Palmer, best known as the front-woman of the punk cabaret band The Dresden Dolls, just released an album of covers where she re-imagines Radiohead's dour electro-rock with cheery ukulele. She performs live in our studio and tells Kurt that the collision between light ...

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Bonus Track: "High And Dry"

Amanda Palmer performs a piano-and-vocal version of the track from her new album, Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits Of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele, live in Studio 360.

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John Irving

When the author John Irving was still a young man, his father disappeared. Irving tells Kurt that absence has informed his fiction ever since: inventing fathers through all his novels. Kurt talked to Irving in 2005 when he'd just published Until I Find You. ...


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