Episode #1525

Facing Fear with Andrew Bird, Jennifer Egan, and Hari Kondabolu

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Jennifer Egan onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Jennifer Egan onstage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Richard Termine)

Live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a show devoted to the theme of fear —  the kind that that can motivate us, and the kind that can stop us in our tracks. Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory join us for a song about escape; comedian Hari Kondabolu riffs on fears of change; and Jennifer Egan talks about what it was like to tweet a short story — after her account had been hacked.

Kurt Andersen Faces His Fears

What do the nagging voices in Kurt Andersen’s head say when he’s onstage in front of an audience of 1,000? Turns out, they’re mostly concerned with pronunciation and the fit of his pants.

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Andrew Bird: Greenland on My Mind

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory perform “Dear Old Greenland,” a song about escaping to the remotest location imaginable.

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Hari Kondabolu: Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Demographics

Comedian Hari Kondabolu thinks the coming of a majority minority America is a good thing. With fewer than 50% of the population “white,” will pot roast become an ethnic food?

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The Double Life of Jennifer Egan

In a recent story, Jennifer Egan imagined a rookie spy — a woman dropped into a compromising situation with recording devices embedded in her body, but no idea what was going on. Published on Twitter, every installment had to be a cliffhanger.

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Bonus Track: Death, Be Not Now

Andrew Bird, Tift Merritt, Hari Kondabolu, and Jennifer Egan join Kurt Andersen in this radio play about confronting the fear of death — and getting on with the business of living.

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Peter from western Mass.

Hari Kondabolu regrettably chooses to perpetuate racial stereotypes by using the epithet "white people", rather than the more accurate term, "European-Americans". He then commits the cardinal sin of all racists by implying that all white folk think alike - I suppose he thinks we all look alike too!

Perhaps he could widen his cultural commentary to include his own privileged position which came as a result of the brutal oppression of the lower castes in his ancestral homeland of India. We all have skeletons lurking in the background - glass houses?

Jun. 23 2014 09:17 AM
Alex Lewin from Los Angeles

Hari Kondabolu died in a cliched way: on stage.

Jun. 21 2014 11:29 AM

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