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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
    • 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 1,597 ratings

    Regular price: $38.50

    • 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

    Regular price: $0.95

    • 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: Amanda Palmer, Jace Clayton, & Lydia Loveless

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Jace Clayton has traveled the world collecting and playing music as DJ /rupture, and he gives Kurt a lesson in spinning records. Plus, the singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless overcame her social anxiety by coming to terms with the fact that everyone is laughing at you. And indie lightning rod Amanda Palmer picked up the ukulele on a whim, but when she started playing Radiohead's famously downbeat songs on it, she discovered the perfect mix of sweet and salty.

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    • True Believers

    • A Novel
    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Hart
    • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 91
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    Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968 - an episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than 40 years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she’s about to let the world in on that shocking secret - as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions. A resonant coming-of-age story and a thrilling political mystery, True Believers is Kurt Andersen’s most ambitious novel to date, introducing a brilliant, funny, and irresistible new heroine to contemporary fiction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very listenable political mystery/ romance

    • By connie on 07-19-12

    Regular price: $33.60

    • 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: Ken Kesey’s Magic Trip and Extreme Tango

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    This week Kurt Andersen talks with Alex Gibney, whose new documentary follows Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters on the road trip that launched the psychedelic 1960s. Then we ride the economic roller coaster with novelist Gary Shteyngart. His novel Super Sad True Love Story imagined a debt crisis that feels all too similar to the one we’ve found ourselves in recently. And a respectable middle-aged couple ditches Houston for Buenos Aires when they fall hard for tango.

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    • Studio 360: Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band, The Silver Lake Chorus, & Poet Mary Jo Bang

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    As the lead singer of The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson had huge hits – as well as a debilitating drug habit. He tells his story of recovery and rebounding to the top of the charts with the help of Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West in the new memoir I Am Charlie Wilson.

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    • Studio 360: Stories of Neuroscience & Memory

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    This week, we talk about telling stories in science through words and pictures. The new book The Where, the Why, and the How pairs explanations of scientific mysteries with playful, intriguing illustrations by 75 artists. Kurt Andersen speaks with one of the book’s editors, and gives our listeners a new challenge. And in two true stories from a live Studio 360 event, a mother loses her memories, a father protects his, and their children spend their lives trying to understand what memory is and how it works.

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    • Studio 360: Adam McKay, "City on Fire," & Jenny Slate Picks a Winner

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Adam McKay, the director of The Big Short, explains how he turned the economic crash into one of the year's most surprising hits. Kurt Andersen strolls through his old neighborhood with Garth Risk Hallberg, the author of the novel City on Fire. And Jenny Slate picks a winner of our 30-second holiday film challenge.

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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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    • 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: Tom Hanks & Remixing Spring Winners

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 50 mins
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    This week, Kurt Andersen talks with Tom Hanks, who loves to cut dialogue from his scripts — he’d be a silent movie star if he could. A legal reporter explains why the copyright law needs a digital overhaul. We meet Raul and Mexia, sons of a legendary norteno musician, who have come out of the shadow of their father’s accordion. And we call the winner of our Remixing Spring Challenge.

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    • Studio 360: A Free Man of Color

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    John Guare's new play A Free Man of Color is set in New Orleans on the eve of the Louisiana Purchase. In the play, a wealthy freed slave is the toast of the town, enjoying life to the fullest — until history turns against him. Guare captures this moment in an epic farce, telling Kurt, "The image to me is so ridiculous, crazy, ominous and curious that it had to be comic."

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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: "Fiddler on the Roof,” "Untitled Film Stills," & “The Outsiders”

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    This week, three American icons. First, a Jewish milkman from a Russian village becomes an American everyman - and a Broadway star - in Fiddler on the Roof. Then, Cindy Sherman photographs herself as characters from imaginary movies, and starts a revolution in feminist self-portraiture. And, just a teenager herself, S. E. Hinton rewrites the rules of young adult novels with The Outsiders.

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    • Studio 360: Leonardo DiCaprio & Ben Stiller

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Leonardo DiCaprio talks with Kurt Andersen about how much greed is good — he stars in Martin Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall Street. Ben Stiller brings Walter Mitty’s daydreams to the screen in the feel-good movie of the season. And we revisit the golden age of musical theater productions that never saw the footlights of Broadway.

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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: Across the Multiverse

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Universe not big enough for you? There's always the multiverse — many universes, scattered through time and space. In one world, you might drive a bus; in another, you might be a Formula One racer. If the idea sounds familiar, that could be because it has obsessed science-fiction and comic-book writers for decades. But artists and writers aren't the only ones fascinated by multiples — some physicists think the multiverse could be very real.

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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

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