Episode #305

Star-making, National Anthem, Stunt Double

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Saturday, February 02, 2002

We meet the creative people who make your favorite stars shine. Kurt Andersen and Artemis Records chairman Danny Goldberg talk about life behind the stars and how to attract a spotlight while avoiding it yourself. Pianists share the joys and frustrations of accompanying world class musicians, and a Hollywood stunt double jumps through fire to make big-name actresses look good. We’ll also find out why "The Star-Spangled Banner" sounds a little different at The Kennedy Center these days.


Danny Goldberg

Commentary: Grand Design in La-La Land

Kurt takes a look at new architecture projects in LA.

(Originally aired: September 8, 2001)


Now Playing: The Star-Spangled Banner

Leonard Slatkin, the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, includes the national anthem in current performances, but it’s not the conventional score. He’s chosen to showcase orchestrations arranged by 20th-century émigrés to America.


Danny Goldberg: Behind the Stars

Kurt Andersen and Artemis Records chairman Danny Goldberg explore the intricate machinery of star-making. 

Goldberg is a 30-year veteran of the music industry. He started his career as a journalist for Rolling Stone and The Village Voice and went on to manage artists like Bonnie Raitt and Nirvana. He has been the president of several ...



Accompanists are unsung collaborators who do a lot more than just prop up the soloists — though that isn’t always apparent to the audience.

(Originally aired: September 1, 2001)


Stunt Double

You probably don’t know the name Nancy Thurston, but you know the people she’s pretended to be…while jumping off buildings.

(Originally aired: September 1, 2001)


Artist Factory

We take a trip down the assembly line that produces the work of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

(Originally aired: September 1, 2001)