Episode #552

Nutcracker, Haroun, Rumpelstiltskin

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Saturday, December 25, 2004

Kurt Andersen and his guest Gregory Maguire, who wrote Wicked, hear about the new opera Haroun and the Sea of Stories, based on Salman Rushdie’s tale about a boy who sets out to save his village from sadness. We find out why at Christmas, America turns into “Nutcracker Nation.” And Tonya Pinkins, star of the musical Caroline, Or Change, reads the classic tale Rumpelstiltskin. 

Guests:

Gregory Maguire

Special Guest: Gregory Mcguire

Kurt Andersen talks with Gregory Maguire, author of fairy tales for children and up-side-down fairy tales for adults.

Gregory Maguire wrote the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, on which the hit musical was based. He is also ...

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