Episode #1503

Matthew McConaughey & DIY Vermeer

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Matthew McConaughey (right) as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyer's Club Matthew McConaughey (right) as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyer's Club (Anne Marie Fox / Focus Features)

This week, Kurt Andersen talks with Matthew McConaughey, who set out to transform his career with a string of dark, thorny roles. He just won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his edgy antihero Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. Plus, a Texas tinkerer believes that he’s uncovered the secret of the uncanny painter Vermeer. And New York’s Museum of Modern Art sets out to destroy some great architecture.  

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the song is "when i paint my masterpiece"

Jan. 17 2014 05:19 PM
Trot Nixon from Maine

What was the Bob Dylan song played near the end of this episode?

Thank you!

Jan. 17 2014 08:40 AM

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