Episode #1318

The New Sherlock Holmes & The Outsiders

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Friday, May 04, 2012

 Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as Watson. Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, with Martin Freeman as Watson. (BBC/Hartswood Films for Masterpiece)

Kurt Andersen talks with Steven Moffat, the TV writer and producer behind two stylish reinventions of classic characters: Doctor Who and Sherlock. The religion scholar Elaine Pagels decodes the Bible’s most controversial and fantastical text, the Book of Revelation. And our American Icons series continues with the novel that created a new genre of young adult fiction: The Outsiders.

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American Icons: The Outsiders

Susan Eloise Hinton was a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders, the story of rival gangs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She used the pen name “S.E.” so readers wouldn’t know she was a girl, and bought a Camaro with the earnings. “Some of [the novel’s] faults, like its over-the-top emotions and ...

Slideshow: How The Outsiders became a movie

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Elaine Pagels' Revelations

From angels battling demons in heaven to the Beast with the number 666, the Book of Revelation — the apocalyptic conclusion to the New Testament — has been a narrative staple in our popular culture. Elaine Pagels' new book  considers this vivid and controversial text. A religion professor ...

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This Week's Playlist

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