Episode #1321

Men in Black & The Return of TV's Dallas

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Director Barry Sonnenfeld on the set of 'Men In Black III' Director Barry Sonnenfeld on the set of Men In Black III (Wilson Webb)

Kurt Andersen talks with Men In Black III director Barry Sonnenfeld about the secret to a great sci-fi blockbuster. As part of our American Icons series, we visit Dallas, the 1980s soap opera about a wealthy oil family. The singer and composer Gabriel Kahane performs live in our studio. Plus a down-and-out rocker finds inspiration at a Curtis Mayfield concert.

(Some segments in this week’s show were broadcast previously.)

→ Spotify Playlist: Listen to the music used in this week's show

Barry Sonnenfeld's Movie Master Class

The big, splashy comic book movie has become a fairly predictable piece of Hollywood machinery. So it’s easy to forget just how radical and fresh Men In Black seemed when it came out in 1997. The franchise returns this weekend with Men In Black III. Director Barry Sonnenfeld ...

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American Icons: Television's Dallas

Dallas has been off the air for 20 years but it's still considered one of the most successful television shows in history. Next month the cable network TNT will launch a new season of the series. We sent Julia Barton to Southfork Ranch (and beyond) to understand ...

Slideshow: Southfork — At Home and Abroad

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Aha Moment: Dave Alvin & Curtis Mayfield

A generation ago, the singer-songwriter Dave Alvin founded the rootsy-rock band The Blasters with his brother Phil in Los Angeles — and they made an indelible mark on the early 1980’s punk scene. But the life of a working musician, often playing to very small crowds, was trying ...

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The Many Worlds of Gabriel Kahane

On a given weekend, you might find Gabriel Kahane performing a piano sonata in a concert hall … or stumble upon him at a bar, playing with a rock band. He composes classical music for chamber groups and orchestras — plus he's just written a 1940s era musical which combines ...

Video: “Charming Disease” live in the studio

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This Week's Playlist

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