Episode #1402

Zero Dark Thirty & A New Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Left to right: Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, and Madison Dirks in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Left to right: Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts, Amy Morton, and Madison Dirks in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Michael Brosilow)

Kurt Andersen talks with the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Tracy Letts, who stars as half of American theater’s most notoriously bitter couple in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And who’s afraid of Zero Dark Thirty, the Osama bin Laden manhunt movie? Several powerful US senators. Plus Kurt talks with George Saunders, maybe America’s most important writer of short stories, who miraculously does dark and funny and poignant all at once.

Zero Dark Thirty: Fact and Fiction

The Osama bin Laden manhunt movie Zero Dark Thirty opens in theaters across the country this weekend. But as director Kathryn Bigelow’s thriller has opened in a few theaters, it has earned rave reviews while generating a fair amount of controversy. Senators John McCain, Dianne Feinstein, and Carl Levin ...

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A New Year's Resolution In Progress

In the final weeks of 2012, we asked our listeners for their creative New Year’s resolutions. Kurt Andersen is choosing projects to check in on during the year. Last week, he spoke with Michael Relland, an elementary school band and orchestra teacher in Phoenix who has resolved to ...

Slideshow: A creative New Year's resolution in progress


Tracy Letts: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Tracy Letts is one of the most talented people in American theater today. His play August, Osage County, about a southern family thrown into crisis, won the Pulitzer Prize. Letts is also an acclaimed actor starring in the Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ...

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George Saunders

George Saunders writes short stories mostly set in a weird America of the near future and the futuristic present. His new collection, The Tenth of December, has garnered some extraordinary praise; The New York Times Magazine confidently (and unironically) entitled its profile of the writer ...

Bonus Track: George Saunders reads from Tenth of December


How America Fell for the Mars Rover

When NASA first landed a man on the moon (which we do believe happened), an estimated 500 million people worldwide watched on TV. Decades later, when the shuttle program was canceled, and manned space flight just about abandoned, a lot of Americans felt that NASA lost its mojo ...

Video: Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Animation

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