Episode #1516

Nerding Out with Ken Burns & Rebranding Marijuana

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Posters from the Rebranding Marijuana campaign by The Original Champions of Design Posters from the Rebranding Marijuana campaign by The Original Champions of Design (Courtesy of OCD)

This week, Kurt Andersen calls a listener named Ken in New Hampshire who turns out to be Ken Burns, the filmmaker. Burns has a few good words for our latest listener challenge, like "a reel of documentary filmmakers" and "a scratch of DJs." We ask what a rebranding of marijuana for the age of legalization might look like, and compare the effects of pot and alcohol on the creative process.  Plus a performance from MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer, a jazz musician who always colors outside the lines.

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Lauren from Iowa

Super stoked to hear The Giver story next week! That book remains with me as one of the most powerful and intriguing that I read in my childhood (and I was a voracious reader). For some odd reason, I've never gone back to it as an adult to see if I can understand now what I didn't then.

Apr. 18 2014 12:28 AM
SK from Long Beach, CA

I have a general suggestion (from last week's show) for the producers/whoever puts these together design-wise, particularly the podcast versions, something that's bugged me for a while. Whenever there is a full or extended interview available, I generally prefer to listen to the long version, but NOT after I've just listened to the clipped version. It's less fresh and somewhat boring to re-hear the stretches from the interview I've just listened to. (I usually tell myself that I'll listen to the full version later on, but never do get back to it.) If Kurt or someone tells us at the top of the show or segment of the full version--instead of after we've just listened to it--we can go directly to the full version and enjoy it better. Thanks.

Apr. 17 2014 08:39 PM

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