Episode #1138

Jennifer Egan, The Afterlife of Sum

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Studio 360 Episode 1138, Jennifer Egan, The Afterlife of Sum David Eagleman, author of "Sum: 40 Tales from the Afterlives" (Mark Anderson)

Kurt talks with the writer Jennifer Egan about A Visit from the Goon Squad, a novel about the music industry that jumps back and forth in time. The duo that make up Nortec Collective describes how their unique playful sound can only come from Tijuana. And a neuroscientist writes a book of short stories about the afterlife that becomes a surprise hit — even music legend Brian Eno is a fan.

The Afterlife of Sum

What if God was a bickering couple? That's just one of the provocative speculations in a book of short fiction — a surprise hit last year — called Sum: 40 Tales from the Afterlives. Another surprise: its author, David Eagleman, is a neuroscience researcher at Baylor ...


Free is Not Enough

The music industry is ailing, but an ambitious guitarist has hatched a genius new revenue model for struggling musicians. It's not enough to give your songs away for free on the internet: you have to pay the listeners. A satire by Scott Blaszak, featuring Pace Rommel. With voiceover ...

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Nortec Collective

Under the stage names Bostich and Fussible, Ramon Amezcua and Pepe Mogt make fantastic dance music that mixes Mexican dance bands with electronica. Based in Tijuana, they tell Kurt how living on the border feeds their music.


Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan's new novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, is a time-shifting collection of tales that weaves around the music industry. Egan explains why PowerPoint was the natural choice for a chapter about a 12-year old, and tells Kurt how her 9-year old son helped ...

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Aha Moment: Star Trek

In college, Ronald D. Moore's Captain Kirk dorm room poster prompted teasing, but his passion for the original "Star Trek" has paid off. A few years ago he transformed the sci-fi TV genre when he reimagined the cheesy 1980s "Battlestar Galactica" into a gripping allegory for ...

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More with Moore

Ronald D. Moore talks about the constraints of writing for "Star Trek" and the need to break away when he reimagined "Battlestar Galactica." Two immediate changes: no captain's chair and no big view screen.

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Merle Haggard

Casual music fans may be surprised to hear Merle Haggard, who wrote rowdy classics like "Mama Tried" and "Okie From Muskogee," crooning "Stardust Memories.” But that's what he did on his album Unforgettable. In 2005 the country legend told Kurt that he's always experimented with his ...


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