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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 1,518 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
    • 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
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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: John Wesley Harding and The Swerve

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    This week, singer-songwriter-turned-novelist John Wesley Harding performs live in the studio. And Kurt Andersen digs deep into a new book called The Swerve — it’s the story of how an ancient Roman poem predicted radical philosophical, scientific, even sexual ideas centuries before their time. Plus we uncover the secret life of the jazz bandleader Ina Ray Hutton.

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

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • 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: David Byrne & Teachers Rebooted

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 53 mins
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    David Byrne tells Kurt Andersen about starting a pop revolution in the early days of Talking Heads. We reveal a bold new graphic design for teachers that takes them out of the little one-room school house and launches them into the 21st century. And despite international accolades, Iran’s filmmakers have run afoul of their government, which just shuttered the country’s largest independent film institute.

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    • 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: Mark Twain & Georgia O'Keefe

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    A century after his death, Mark Twain has finally published his autobiography. It's not a cradle-to-grave memoir, but a kind of window into Twain's mind, full of memories and thoughts randomly strung together. Kurt talks with Robert Hirst, an editor of the volume, who explains why Twain went about writing what he called a "love letter from the grave."

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    • Studio 360: Nightcrawler, Zola Jesus, & Gamergate

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    The director of the indie thriller Nightcrawler, explains how Jake Gyllenhaal's character is a psychopath only American capitalism could create. Zola Jesus, a songwriter known for gloomy goth-inflected rock, plays us some of the surprisingly upbeat songs from her new album. And a videogame critic explains how real life is impinging on gamer culture, with potentially terrifying results.

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    • Studio 360: Maria Bamford, Fantastic Negrito, and Scoring Tickets to "Hamilton"

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Comedian Maria Bamford is primed for a well-deserved breakthrough with her new show, Lady Dynamite. We get a live performance from Fantastic Negrito, who sings about hot-button issues like race and gentrification. And we find out what it really takes to get tickets to Hamilton.

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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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    • Fantasyland

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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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. 

    Regular price: $26.17

    • Studio 360: Nerding Out with Ken Burns & Rebranding Marijuana

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    This week, Kurt Andersen calls a listener named Ken in New Hampshire who turns out to be Ken Burns, the filmmaker. Burns has a few good words for our latest listener challenge, like "a reel of documentary filmmakers" and "a scratch of DJs." We ask what a rebranding of marijuana for the age of legalization might look like, and compare the effects of pot and alcohol on the creative process. Plus a performance from MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer, a jazz musician who always colors outside the lines.

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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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    • True Believers

    • A Novel
    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Vanessa Hart
    • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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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: 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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    • 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

    • Studio 360: Anika Noni Rose & The Problem with the 9/11 Memorial

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    After winning a Tony Award and starring as Disney’s first African-American heroine, Anika Noni Rose just wants to kick butt as a big-budget superhero. A young upstart who rocked Broadway in the 1930s is the subject of a new play by James Lapine, an upstart who rocked Broadway in the 1980s. At age 8, guitarist Julian Lage sat in with Carlos Santana; where do you go from there? Plus, New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman on what’s wrong with the September 11 Memorial and Museum.

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