Episode #1315

Lena Dunham & Nneka

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham, and Zosia Mamet in Girls Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet in Girls (Jojo Whilden / HBO)

Kurt Andersen talks with Lena Dunham, the 25-year-old director, writer, and star of the new HBO series Girls. The Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka performs live in the studio. And we announce the three listeners who turned junk into treasure for our Significant Object story contest.

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Jenny from Studio 360

Hi Cosmo --

Indeed, Fresh Air is a fine example! We're working on a fix for listing our music ... and that fix has taken longer than expected. In the meantime, is there a specific moment of interstitial music that I can find for you?

Thanks for your patience...

Apr. 17 2012 10:01 AM
Cosmo from NYC, NY

Hey, how do we get information on the interstitial music that is heard between segments? I heard something nice between segments, and I'd like to check it out, but I don't know what it was.

Perhaps you could follow the fine example of the show Fresh Air, and list such attributions along with the segment info? :)

Apr. 16 2012 06:01 PM
Melanie Williams-Smotherman from Omaha, Nebraska

LOVED the interview with Nneko. Thank you! Off to learn more about her music and purchase a cd.

Apr. 15 2012 07:23 PM
Christopher T. from Boston


Don't know which was worse, your analogy of Lena Dunham to Woody Allen, or that Ms. D didn't have the awareness to refute your contention.

While I think Mr. Allen has been spotty in his film making over his career, for at least a dozen films he hit a home run. Having seen Ms. Dunham's work as a result of having a 20-somthing daughter, I appreciate her work, but have no anticipation for her next project, and I think your contention of Allen-Dungham symbiosis is patently absurd---she's yet to get on base!

I'm sure Ms. D is a nice a person and a professional...but let's touch bases in 10 years to see if she has earned over $1m for her all her films...on her current pace that seems as if it won't happen. I realize it is considered crass among the esthetic elites that "art" isn't connected to "$"...the reality is that sustained "art" is connected to "$".

But then maybe Ms. D will have buzz for her work when we're all dead.

Lena...I suspect you'll make a good Executive Producer over the arc of your career.

Kurt, unfortunately, you epitomize the caricature held of Public Media by those who despise intellectualism.

Actually, I listen to your show because it is scheduled between others that I look forward to, yet you offer at least one extremely good segment making it worthwhile to hang while bridging programs I want to listen to.

A bit less paeanism to hipness to marginal cultural edginess would go a long way...btw your interview with Nneka was very good...not so star-f***er oriented.

Apr. 15 2012 03:00 PM

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