Episode #626

Garage-Rock, Wrinkles, Hornby

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Kurt Andersen and the novelist Nick Hornby look at why our culture longs for extended youth. We'll hear from forty-somethings who live out their rock-n-roll dreams in a garage band. And we talk about the pressure to look youthful which is especially intense for actresses.


Nick Hornby

Special Guest: Nick Hornby

Kurt Andersen and Nick Hornby look at how youth is no longer wasted on the young.

Nick Hornby is the author of Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good, and A Long Way Down. He also edited the collection of short ...


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