Episode #928

American Icons: Superman

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Friday, July 11, 2008

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We go up, up and away with Superman and find out why "The Man of Steel" remains as popular and elusive as ever.

Disguised as a mild-mannered reporter, Kurt Andersen explores the history of Superman with cartoonists Jules Feiffer and Art Spiegelman, director Bryan Singer, novelists Michael Chabon and Howard Jacobson, and the 1978 Lois Lane: Margot Kidder.  Is this strange visitor from the planet Krypton derivative of Jewish mythology?  Can one superhero wield ultimate power for a moral good? And what’s up with the blue tights?

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