Episode #1506

Three’s Company on Trial & Neneh Cherry’s Comeback

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Friday, February 07, 2014

Neneh Cherry Neneh Cherry (Kim Hiorthoy)

A stage play riffs on Three’s Company to talk about homophobia and drugs; is it fair use? Not to the copyright holder, who’s trying to block its publication. Kurt Andersen talks with comedian BJ Novak, who made his mark in The Office (as the know-it-all Ryan), and has published a book of sharp short stories that are more than comedy. And alt-pop instigator Neneh Cherry performs in the studio. Her first album in a decade is a punked-out soul record that will rip your eardrums a new one.  

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