Episode #1144

Tea Party Hip-Hop & Edith Wharton

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Studio 360 Cover of The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton Cover of The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (Courtesy of Oxford University Press, Inc)

As Election Day approaches, the Tea Party gets out its message with help from a folksinger and a hip-hop MC. Pee-wee Herman — the oddball of 1980s children’s TV — prepares for his Broadway debut. And our series on American Icons continues with a look at Edith Wharton's groundbreaking novel, The House of Mirth.

Tea Party Troubadours

Who says protest songs are just for liberals? Chris Cassone, a right-wing Woody Guthrie, and MC Hi-Caliber, aka Mr. Conservative, have a beef with the government. They're channeling their frustrations into their music and bugging liberals in the process. Produced by Studio 360's

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American Icons: The House of Mirth

In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants to set her own destiny, and broke ground for countless writers who followed.

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Bonus Track: “The Foundation”

MC Hi-Caliber performs his new song.

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Bonus Track: “City on a Hill”

Chris Cassone performs live for Studio 360.

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Pee-wee Herman Returns

"Pee-wee's Playhouse" was a surreal, campy Saturday morning kids TV show starring an enthusiastically nerdy man-boy with an infectious chuckle. Twenty years later, Pee-wee Herman is back with his gang from the Playhouse, this time on Broadway. Kurt asks

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New Films On The Cheap

Low-budget movies are hot in Hollywood right now and the young filmmakers behind them owe a lot to the Internet. Technology and social media are changing the way films are being made — and it's a much shorter path from YouTube to the big screen than you might think. Produced ...

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Your American Icon

This fall we're airing nine new American Icons episodes and we need your ideas for the tenth. Listeners have submitted dozens of suggestions — including Bruce Springsteen's ballad "Thunder Road" and Willa Cather's novel My Antonia. What great creative work would you nominate?

Weigh in: What’s your American ...

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