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Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:00pm
The filmmaker Alexander Payne returns to his home state for Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son on a fateful road trip. Kurt Andersen talks with them and scene-stealing co-star June Squibb. We’ll explore the newest-oldest trend in movies: black-and-white. And Ornette Coleman breaks the rules of jazz and sets a new bar for spontaneous invention.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 9:00pm
Follow the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discover places in the land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.
It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how Oz captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how the playwright Neil LaBute, the late filmmaker Nora Ephron, the novelist Salman Rushdie, and the musician Bobby McFerrin, found magic, meaning, and inspiration in Oz.
(Originally aired: November 19, 2005)
Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:00pm
This week, Kurt Andersen announces a new listener challenge: design a holiday ornament to be printed in 3D, courtesy of MakerBot. A writer and book designer creates his tour-de-force — a catalog of books by an imaginary author. We’ll hear how a classic performance by Will Rogers helped bring down a president. And the self-described “doom soul/gothic gospel” band Cold Specks plays live in the studio.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:00pm
Kurt Andersen talks with the actor Lucy Liu, the action-movie badass who for two decades has quietly pursued a side career as a painter. The young writer Daniel Alarcón, born in Peru and raised in Alabama, returns to South America in his novels. Plus, the stranger-than-fiction story behind the cult movie The Room, and a visit with New Orleans royalty, the Wild Tchoupitoulas.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 9:00pm
This week, the wunderkind composer Nico Muhly grows up — he tells Kurt Andersen why he chose a crime ripped from the headlines as the story for his new opera. Suzanne Opton captures soldiers at rest between tours in a series of haunting portraits. Plus, a critic assesses Banksy's month-long art spree in New York City, and designer to the stars Mario Buatta talks high design on the cheap.