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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Rerun Culture

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In this hour, celebrated writer, director and actor Simon Pegg talks to Steve Paulson about his love of Star Wars and how it fired up his imagination and his career. Pegg is the author of Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy's Journey to Becoming a Big Kid.

Then, Ernie Cline can't get the '80s out of his head. So it's not surprising that he written a novel built around the time. It's called Ready Player One; The plot involves an eccentric billionaire who's invented the ultimate virtual reality world. Cllne told Anne Strainchamps why he's so obsessed with '80s pop culture.

Next, Historian Susan J. Matt talks to Jim Fleming about her book, Homesickness: An American History.

And finally, in his book, Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past, Simon Reynolds argues that we've reached a tipping point on our capacity for artistic nostalgia. Reynolds talked to Steve Paulson. [Broadcast Date: October 5, 2011]

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  • Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg
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