Episode #1233

Jeff Bridges and South African Sci-Fi

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges (Danny Clinch)

This week, Kurt Andersen talks with Jeff Bridges — the Oscar-winning actor has just released a country-rock album, produced by his old friend T Bone Burnett. Neil Finn, lead singer of Crowded House, gets inspired by the 80s dance-punk band ESG. And a sculpture in Indianapolis that’s supposed to bring people together instead divides the city. And we meet newly acclaimed sci-fi author Lauren Beukes.

Public Art vs. the Public in Indianapolis

A work of public art is causing a stir in Indianapolis — and it hasn’t even gone up yet. The dispute involves a monument of a freed slave that was supposed to be placed in downtown Indianapolis. The work, “E Pluribus Unum,” is by the celebrated African-American artist Fred Wilson ...

Slideshow: Fred Wilson's “E Pluribus Unum”

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Jeff Bridges Plays Jeff Bridges

The actor Jeff Bridges has appeared in nearly 60 feature films, and won his first Academy Award this year for his performance as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart. Blake is a washed-up country singer who returns to music, reluctantly. Turns out, Bridges himself was a musician before he was an actor ...


Aha Moment: From Crowded House to ESG

Neil Finn is the lead singer of Crowded House, a band which had its share of big hits in the 80s and 90s. (Admit it, you belted along to “Don't Dream It's Over.”) Growing up in New Zealand, Finn was raised on the Beatles and David Bowie: “I was playing piano and playing guitars and trying to emulate those guys,” he remembers ...

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Artists Respond to 9/11

The 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks is approaching, and Studio 360 is putting together a list of the best books, music, movies, and other works of art that have responded to those events. And we want to know what you think should be highlighted. Listener Josh Plock ...

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Lauren Beukes and South African Sci-Fi

Until the movie District 9 came out two years ago, “South African science fiction” didn’t ring any bells for Americans. But that may change. The winner of this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award, more or less the Pulitzer of sci-fi, is a journalist and novelist from Cape Town. Lauren Beukes’ novel is called Zoo City ...

Bonus Track: Lauren Beukes reads from Zoo City

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Electric Cars Go Boom

Maybe it is (finally) the dawn of the electric car era. Most major automakers have electric models in the works for 2012, and some, like the Nissan Leaf, are already silently purring around town. No one can argue against reducing oil consumption, but batteries could make things just a bit harder for Hollywood ...

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