Episode #619

Ridley Scott, Johnson, O’Riley

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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Kurt Andersen talks with Ridley Scott — director of such celebrated films as Blade Runner, Alien, Thelma and Louise, and Gladiator — about what drives his imagination and about his new medieval crusade epic, The Kingdom of Heaven. Plus writer Steven Johnson explains how TV and video games could actually be making us smarter, and pianist Christopher O'Riley shows us how Radiohead can revitalize classical music.

Guests:

Sir Ridley Scott

Bad is the New Good

In his new book, Everything Bad is Good For You, Steven Johnson argues that many of our guilty pleasures, like primetime TV and video games may actually be enhancing our cognitive abilities — NOT making us dumber or slower. Kurt asks Steven how media junkfood, ...

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Sir Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott talks about his new film, Kingdom of Heaven, similarities between 900 years ago and today, and how it felt to be knighted when he was working on a movie about medieval knights.

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Ridley Scott Continued

Kurt Andersen and director Ridley Scott continue their conversation, and Scott reveals the movies that inspired him, from Stanley Kubrick's 2001 to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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Transcribing Radiohead

Two years ago the classical pianist and public radio host Christopher O'Riley released a record of songs by the arty rock band Radiohead. It wasn't a stunt; O'Riley reveres the music of Radiohead. He took the group's big arena rock melodies and edgy harmonic textures and transcribed them for solo ...

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Special Guest: Sir Ridley Scott

Sir Ridley Scott has directed many highly influential films including Blade Runner, Alien, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and Matchstick Men. He directed thousands of television commercials before making the leap to film in 1978. In recognition of his contribution to the arts, Scott was knighted ...

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