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    • How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
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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.

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    • 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 1,391 ratings

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    • 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
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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

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    • 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.

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    • this was terrific everyone should listen to this

    • By Gennie on 10-04-16

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    • Studio 360: Jenny Slate & David Fincher

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    David Fincher filled movies like Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and even The Social Network with existential dread. His latest, Gone Girl, begins as a mystery and becomes a horror film about marriage. He tells Kurt Andersen his work is "lascivious, and merciless — but tastefully done." (He's only sort of kidding.) And we hear from Marcel the Shell, YouTube's most popular snail, whose viral video launched the career of actor Jenny Slate.

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    • Studio 360: Umberto Eco & Harold O’Neal

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 51 mins
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    Kurt Andersen talks with the novelist Umberto Eco, whose new thriller The Prague Cemetery imagines the author of one of the most notorious books ever written. The celebrated collage artist Romare Bearden is remembered by two friends who were with him in his last days. And the jazz pianist Harold O’Neal plays live in the studio (and does a little breakdancing on the side).

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    • Studio 360: The World According to Star Wars & Margaret Glaspy Plays Live

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    The legal scholar and former Obama administration advisor Cass Sunstein explains the hidden lessons Star Wars teaches about the law, politics, and philosophy. Plus, we find out about a theater company that's perfectly happy playing to an audience of one - in fact, it's designed that way. And the indie rocker Margaret Glaspy plays a live solo set.

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    • Studio 360: Linda Ronstadt & Leaves of Grass

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 54 mins
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    Walt Whitman loved America — so much so that it got a little creepy sometimes. But he accomplished his goal, writing a new Bible for American poetry to reflect the democracy and diversity at the heart of this country, and we explore Leaves of Grass in an episode of American Icons. Kurt talks with Linda Ronstadt about being a generation’s most beloved singer, and the disease that made her retire. Plus, we’ll get creative with drones that don’t spy or kill: they dance.

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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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    • Studio 360: Facing Fear with Andrew Bird, Jennifer Egan, and Hari Kondabolu

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a show devoted to the theme of fear - the kind that that can motivate us, and the kind that can stop us in our tracks. Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory join us for a song about escape; comedian Hari Kondabolu riffs on fears of change; and Jennifer Egan talks about what it was like to tweet a short story - after her account had been hacked.

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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".

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    • An examination

    • By Anonymous User on 02-27-18

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    • Studio 360: Designing Life: Art Meets Synthetic Biology

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    From "Semi-Living Dolls" to glowing florescent illustrations, artists are using the tools of synthetic biology to grow their own materials and create works of art that are, essentially, alive. It's one thing to wag our fingers at big scientific institutions for "playing God," but isn't it uncool to tell artists they shouldn't do something, even if it creeps us out?

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    • Studio 360: Elizabeth Gilbert & IBM's Watson

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 53 mins
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    It’s the ultimate matchup of human vs. machine: IBM developed a supercomputer named Watson, and to prove the processor’s mettle, it’s going to compete against human champions on Jeopardy. Elizabeth Gilbert describes how an officer from the Department of Homeland Security transformed her from a marriage skeptic into a true believer. And listeners tell Kurt how they get creative with unlikely materials like icicles and coffee grounds.

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    • Studio 360: The Real Steve Jobs, & Hurricane Katrina in Fiction

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 53 mins
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    Kurt Andersen talks with Walter Isaacson, whose landmark biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs reveals the insufferable perfectionism of the innovator. Jesmyn Ward imagines a family bracing for Hurricane Katrina in her novel Salvage the Bones. Sandra Bernhard finds her muse in Carol Channing. And we peek into the unglamorous real lives of vampires.

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    • Studio 360: Tom McCarthy, Alexander Chee, & "Migrant Mother"

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 54 mins
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    Tom McCarthy's Oscar-nominated movie Spotlight turns the tedium of news-gathering into gripping drama. Also, the heroine of Alexander Chee’s new historical novel, The Queen of the Night, is a megastar soprano with lots of secrets — and someone who knows them all is spilling the beans. And we find out why photographer Dorothea Lange grew to despise her most famous Depression-era picture, Migrant Mother.

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    • Donald Trump Is Not Hitler

    • By: Brooke Gladstone, Bob Garfield, James Poniewozik, and others
    • Length: 18 mins
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    The Man in the High Castle, the Emmy Award winning TV series, imagines a world in which the Nazi’s won WWII. Set in the 1960s.

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    • Studio 360: Zero Dark Thirty & A New Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 54 mins
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    Kurt Andersen talks with the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Tracy Letts, who stars as half of American theater’s most notoriously bitter couple in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And who’s afraid of Zero Dark Thirty, the Osama bin Laden manhunt movie? Some senators. Plus Kurt talks with George Saunders, maybe America’s most important writer of short stories, who miraculously does dark and funny and poignant all at once.

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    • Studio 360: Weird Al & Carl Hiaasen’s Florida

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 50 mins
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    This week, Studio 360 gets weird. For one thing, there’s "Weird Al," playing a totally normal cover version of an Elvis Costello hit. Carl Hiaasen tries, once again, to convince America to revile Florida as much as he does. And we get an exclusive preview of Jack Handey’s tropical adventure, The Stench of Honolulu. Plus, rocker Thao Nguyen checks out some listener submissions in the Battle of the High School Bands contest, and we talk NSA leaks with Walter Kirn, who says we’re more 2001 than 1984.

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    • Studio 360: Twin Peak

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 54 mins
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    This week, we head back to "Twin Peaks". "Fargo" showrunner Noah Hawley talks about the impact of David Lynch's cult TV show. Plus, what it was like growing up where the show was filmed, and the composers behind "X-Files" and "Breaking Bad" discuss the brilliance – and influence – of the show's soundtrack.

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    • Studio 360: Emily Dickinson & The Outsiders

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 50 mins
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    This week in Studio 360, we meet Eric Whitacre, the rock star of contemporary choral music, who has a secret to his success: forming choirs online. We look for marital advice from the movies, but film historian Jeanine Basinger raises a cautionary note: a marriage isn’t good drama, or funny, unless it’s in trouble. And we go for a walk with sound recordist Chris Watson as he captures the birds and reeds and church bells that inspired composer Benjamin Britten.

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    • Studio 360: "Ex Machina," Sexy Robots, & Four-Legged Stars

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 54 mins
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    Director Alex Garland plays with notion of humans loving robots in his new movie, Ex Machina. What it takes to train a canine star for the new film White God. And composer Jeanine Tesori sings her way through the making of her Broadway hit, Fun Home.

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