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    • Fantasyland

    • How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe...to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that what's happening in our country today - this strange, post-factual, "fake news" moment we're all living through - is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, but...

    • By Synthpulse on 11-15-17
    • How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 09-05-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669 ratings

    Regular price: $38.50

    • You Can't Spell America Without Me

    • The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody)
    • By: Alec Baldwin, Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Alec Baldwin, Kurt Andersen, Oliver Wyman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Until Donald Trump publishes the ultimate account of his entire four or eight or one and a half years in the White House, the definitive chronicle will be You Can't Spell America Without Me. Trump was elected because he was the most frank presidential candidate in history, a man eager to tell the unvarnished truth about others' flaws and tout his own amazing excellence. Now he levels his refreshingly compulsive, un-PC candor at his landslide election victory as well as his role as commander in chief and leader of the free world.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great idea for a short read, not enough for a book

    • By tusk on 11-12-17

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Studio 360: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him. Today The Autobiography of Malcolm X — a favorite of President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas alike — stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race. The Autobiography is also a Horatio Alger tale, following a man’s journey from poverty to crime to militancy to wisdom.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • this was terrific everyone should listen to this

    • By Gennie on 10-04-16

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    • Studio 360: "Black Mirror" & the Complicated Legacy of Alan Lomax

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Charlie Brooker was inspired by The Twilight Zone to create his sci-fi series Black Mirror, in which digital technology keeps biting us back in the spookiest ways. And we hear about folklorist Alan Lomax, who brought the blues to a wider audience, but enforced his own kind of musical segregation. And a conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith about her obsession with David Bowie.

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    • Studio 360: "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his life story nearly died with him. Today The Autobiography of Malcolm X — a favorite of President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas alike — stands as a milestone in America's struggle with race. The autobiography is also a Horatio Alger tale, following a man's journey from poverty to crime to militancy to wisdom. Muslims look to Malcolm as a figure of tolerance; a tea party activist claims him for the political right; Public Enemy's Chuck D tells us, "This book is like food. It ain't McDonald's — it's sit down at the table and say grace".

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • An examination

    • By Anonymous User on 02-27-18

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    • Studio 360: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
    • Original Recording
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    When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him. Today The Autobiography of Malcolm X — a favorite of President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas alike — stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race. The Autobiography is also a Horatio Alger tale, following a man’s journey from poverty to crime to militancy to wisdom.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not an Audiobook, but a Waste of Time!

    • By One of the Snyders on 02-20-13

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    • Studio 360: Neil Gaiman & Hurray for the Riff Raff

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Neil Gaiman has written dozens of books, comics, TV shows, movies - and now he's playing Carnegie Hall with a live band. His only complaint: He's too busy! The band Hurray for the Riff Raff returns folk music to its punk rock roots. And in light of the Slender Man killing, we'll consider whether the Internet is making it harder to distinguish fiction from reality.

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    • Studio 360: Hilton Als Hosts: with Toni Morrison, Khandi Alexander, Thelma Golden

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Guest host and New Yorker critic Hilton Als interviews Toni Morrison, one of the greatest novelists of our time. Even though she's won nearly every award in literature, the 83-year-old Morrison still rises before the sun to write. And we hear from Khandi Alexander, a dancer and choreographer (she worked on Whitney Houston's tours) who became an actress, scaring the crap out of us on Scandal.

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    • Studio 360: Marvin Hamlisch & Julian Barnes

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Kurt Andersen sits at the piano with Marvin Hamlisch, the composer of The Sting, A Chorus Line, and other classic scores, in this interview from 2009. Hamlisch, who died this week, knew as well as anyone on earth how to get a melody stuck in your head. The literary shape-shifter Julian Barnes tries to figure out what makes a Barnesian novel. And a middle-aged couple rekindle their romance with tango.

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    • Spark

    • How Creativity Works
    • By: Julie Burstein, Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Julie Burstein
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    How did Richard Ford's cat influence his work as a novelist? Creativity is an elusive subject. We enjoy its fruits - movies, novels, paintings, songs - but rarely are we privy to what happens in the creative process. In Spark, Julie Burstein traces the roots of some of the twenty-first century's most influential and creative thinkers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Yo-Yo Ma, David Milch, Isabel Allende, and Joshua Redman. Burstein pulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of these artists' inspiration and the processes that bring their work into being.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I wanted to like this so much

    • By Linda Ericson on 06-27-11

    Regular price: $25.09

    • Studio 360: John Cameron Mitchell, Noah Baumbach, & Making a Video Game about Cancer

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    The writer and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell, reflects on the role he created twenty years ago. Director Noah Baumbach explains why his latest film, While We’re Young, might be his funniest yet. And a couple designs a therapeutic video game to cope with grief.

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    • Studio 360: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Ken Kesey had worked in a mental hospital, but his first novel was really a parable of what happens when you stand up to the Man — a counterculture fable that doesn’t end well. Despite his far-reaching influence, Kesey was shut out by filmmakers who turned the story into an Oscar-sweeping phenomenon. Cuckoo’s Nest changed how many people thought about mental illness and institutions. Sherman Alexie debunks the myth of the silent Indian; we visit Oregon State Hospital, where the director played himself on screen; a psychiatrist explains how the movie gave mental hospitals a bad name, with tragic consequences; and actress Louise Fletcher takes us into the mind of one of the most fearsome movie villains, the sweet-faced Nurse Ratched. “She doesn’t see her behavior as it really is. Who does? Who sees that they’re really evil?”

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    • Studio 360: American Icons: The Disney Parks

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. In 1955, Disney mixed up some fairy tales, a few historical facts, and a dream of the future to create an alternate universe. Not just a place for fun, but a scale model of a perfect world. "Everything that you could imagine is there," says one young visitor. "It's like living in a fantasy book." And not just for kids: one-third of Walt Disney World's visitors are adults who go without children.

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    • Heyday

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Charles Leggett
    • Length: 26 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    During one month in 1848, gold is discovered in California, the United States wins its first foreign war, and an English gentleman named Benjamin Knowles falls in love with actress and part-time prostitute Polly Lucking. He also meets her brother Duff, a damaged veteran of the Mexican War, and befriends the unforgettable Timothy Skaggs. Lured by the prospect of gold, they set off on a transcontinental race west. However, they are unaware that a stranger bent on revenge shadows their every move.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Where's the buzz on this book?

    • By Julie on 04-23-09

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Fantasyland

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
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    Fantasy is the USA’s primary product. From the Pilgrim fathers onward, America has been a place where renegades and freaks came in search of freedom to create their own realities with little objectively regulated truth standing in their way. The freedom to invent and believe whatever the hell you like is, in some ways, an unwritten constitutional right. But this do-your-own-thing freedom also is the driving credo of America's current transformation, where the difference between opinion and fact is rapidly crumbling. 

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    • Studio 360: 3D Sound & Werner Herzog

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Kurt Andersen gets a sneak preview of the next big thing in entertainment: 3D sound. And more adventures in 3D: for cult film director Werner Herzog, 3D was the only way he could do justice to the 30,000-year-old cave paintings he documents in his new movie, Cave of Forgotten Dreams. In Los Angeles, a museum exhibition about graffiti prompts a flurry of arrests. And novelist Anne Lamott boils down the basics to being a successful writer.

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    • Studio 360: Broadcasting Live From 1914

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    This week, Studio 360 is broadcasting from 1914, covering the cultural happenings of a remarkable year. Charlie Chaplin debuted the Tramp, the character who defines the silent film era, in that year; one of America's great newspaper cartoonists invented the first animated character, Gertie the dinosaur; and George Bernard Shaw opened a front in the war between the sexes with Pygmalion. Tarzan debuted in 1914, and Jack Handey reimagines him trading the trees for the urban jungle. Plus, the assassination in Sarajevo that sparked the Great War is recalled by writer Aleksandar Hemon, whose forebear was in the crowd that fateful day.

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    • Studio 360: Broadcasting Live from 1914

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    This week, Studio 360 is broadcasting from 1914, covering the cultural happenings of a remarkable year. Charlie Chaplin debuted the Tramp, the character who defines the silent film era, in that year; one of America’s great newspaper cartoonists invented the first animated character, Gertie the dinosaur; and George Bernard Shaw opened a front in the war between the sexes with Pygmalion. Tarzan debuted in 1914, and Jack Handey reimagines him trading the trees for the urban jungle. Plus, the assassination in Sarajevo that sparked the Great War is recalled by writer Aleksandar Hemon, whose forebear was in the crowd that fateful day.

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    • Studio 360: James McBride & Videogame Spies

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 53 mins
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    Kurt Andersen talks with the writer and musician James McBride, whose novel The Good Lord Bird recently won the National Book Award. McBride also brings his gospel quintet into the studio for a live performance. Kate Manning tells the story of one of 19th century New York’s most infamous, and perhaps misunderstood, women. Plus, we’ll hear about how the debut recording by soprano Leontyne Price set the bar for generations of singers.

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    • Studio 360: Linda Ronstadt, Herb Alpert, & James McBride

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 53 mins
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    Linda Ronstadt's career spanned decades and musical styles from country-rock to operetta. Parkinson's disease has taken away her ability to sing, but she explains that she's not ready to leave music behind yet. And Herb Alpert became famous by turning the sounds of a Mexican bullfight into mainstream pop. But his career in music far outlasted the Tijuana Brass sound. Also, novelist and jazz musician James McBride explains how he turned John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry into kind of a funny story.

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