Episode #1248

Umberto Eco & Harold O’Neal

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Friday, December 02, 2011

Umberto Eco Umberto Eco (Eamonn McCabe)

Kurt Andersen talks with the novelist Umberto Eco, whose new thriller The Prague Cemetery imagines the author of one of the most notorious books ever written. The celebrated collage artist Romare Bearden is remembered by two friends who were with him in his last days. And the jazz pianist Harold O’Neal plays live in the studio (and does a little breakdancing on the side).

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laura dickey from alexandria, va

I just think the world of your program. I am an avid reader and really like Eco's work.
Now to leave a comment about Bearden. ( I am an art teacher)

Dec. 03 2011 02:41 PM

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