Episode #1208

Studio 360 Live: Josh Ritter, Martha Plimpton, & Junot Diaz

Originally aired: May 14, 2010

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Junot Diaz Josh Ritter Greene Space Junot Diaz and Josh Ritter in WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space (Stephanie F. Black)

In this rebroadcast of Studio 360’s 2010 live event at WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, we hear from three creative Gen-Xers about crossing into adulthood. Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, author Junot Diaz, and actress Martha Plimpton join Kurt Andersen on stage to discuss growing up — as artists and people.

Originally aired: May 14, 2010

Kurt Andersen Gets Some Perspective

Kurt Andersen talks about seeing the premiere of Tom Stoppard’s play "The Real Thing" as a young man in his twenties, and seeing it again two decades later. Had the play changed, or was it Kurt?

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Martha Plimpton: Growing Up On Stage

Martha Plimpton may be the hardest working woman in show business. In the last year she's had recurring roles in television series, had a run on Broadway, and sold out a cabaret show at Lincoln Center. Plimpton's been on stage since she was 8 years old, and she shares her thoughts on how that helped — or hindered — her growing up.

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“I Realized I Was a Grownup When…”

Craving a KitchenAid; answering to "ma'am;" getting turned down for space camp — Martha Plimpton reads epiphanies on growing up from members of our live audience.

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Josh Ritter: Not a Kid Anymore

Josh Ritter says that his 2010 album So Runs the World Away is evidence that he's not a kid anymore. He tells Kurt about feeling grown up when he was 8 years-old and, as he gets older, wanting to protect the childlike part of himself. He also performs two songs from the album: "Change of Time" and "The Curse."

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Junot Diaz: Literary Growing Pains

He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, but Junot Diaz tells Kurt that many of the students he teaches at MIT don't even know that he's a writer. And he likes it that way. "If you want people just to like you," says Diaz, "there's a thousand other careers for that."

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