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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 1,445 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".

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    • An examination

    • By Anonymous User on 02-27-18

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    • Studio 360: "An American in Paris" on Broadway, Poet Terrance Hayes, & Remembering Nirvana

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    The choreographer Christopher Wheeldon took one of the most famous musicals ever –– An American in Paris –– and interpreted it for the Broadway stage. The African-American poet Terrance Hayes explains why he never really thought about race when he was growing up in South Carolina. And we find out what made Nirvana’s “Nevermind” the last great rock album.

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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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    • Thalia Book Club: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' 50th Anniversary Celebration - Readings, Discussion and Audience Q&A

    • By: Symphony Space
    • Narrated by: Stephen Colbert, Isaiah Sheffer, Jayne Anne Phillips, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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    Authors and actors including Stephen Colbert, Libba Bray (award winning young-adult novelist Going Bovine, winner of 2010 Printz Award), Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director at The Public Theater), Kurt Andersen (novelist and Studio 360 Host), Jayne Anne Phillips (novelist and National Book Award finalist Lark & Termite), filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (author of the upcoming book Scout, Atticus, and Boo), and others pay tribute to the Pulitzer prize-winning classic novel about racial injustice and loss of innocence in a small Southern town.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This is not the full story.

    • By Casey on 11-18-11

    Regular price: $4.87

    • Self-Reliance

    • By: Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen, Joyce Bean
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Redefining the classic essay, this modern edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous work, Self-Reliance, includes self-reflections from both historical and contemporary luminaries. With quotes from the likes of Henry Ford and Helen Keller to modern-day thought leaders like Jesse Dylan, Steve Pressfield, and Milton Glaser, we're reminded of the relevance of Emerson’s powerful words today. Emerson’s words are timeless. Persuasive and convincing, he challenges readers to define their own sense of accomplishment and asks them to measure themselves....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must re listen to this a few time! Classic

    • By Dion on 01-09-15

    Regular price: $10.49

    • 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: Oliver Wyman, Alec Baldwin, Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Political satire as deeper truth: Donald Trump's presidential memoir, as recorded by two world-renowned Trump scholars and experts on greatness generally. Until Donald Trump publishes his 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: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year As President.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Studio 360: Paul Thomas Anderson, "Heart Like a Wheel," & Hating on The Newsroom

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    The novels of Thomas Pynchon always seemed too weird and too long to make into movies. But the director Paul Thomas Anderson, a dedicated Pynchon fan, has taken on the challenge with Inherent Vice. They're not "unfilmmable — maybe just hard," he says. Also, the story of Linda Ronstadt's breakthrough album Heart Like a Wheel. And we search for the answer to a TV mystery: why was The Newsroom so bad?

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    • Studio 360: The Fantastical Kelly Link & Designing Better Mondays

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Kelly Link re-read classic children’s fantasy while she was getting her MFA; now her acclaimed short stories are breaking the wall of genre between fantasy and literary fiction. A new and surprisingly popular trend in music videos takes out all the images, showing you nothing but a song’s lyrics. Also, you asked us to redesign one of the worst parts of everyday life: Mondays. But can design actually make Mondays joyful?

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    • Studio 360: Introducing Nikola Tesla

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 53 mins
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    Part visionary, part mad scientist, and absolute genius, Tesla should be as famous as Edison - but he's been largely forgotten. Kurt talks with Samantha Hunt about her novel The Invention of Everything Else. Then, Tesla's biggest innovation was introducing alternating current as the standard for modern electric power, breaking Thomas Edison's monopoly on DC power.

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    • Studio 360: Handmaid in America

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    This week, why Margaret Atwood dedicated "The Handmaid's Tale" to a woman known as Half-Hanged Mary. Plus, the Kinks' Ray Davies shares his playlist of his favorite American songs, and the story behind that album with George Carlin's classic bit, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television."

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    • Studio 360: Michael Ian Black, The Worst Film Ever Made, & "The Boys of the Lough"

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Michael Ian Black is known for his deadpan, sarcastic comedy, but in his podcast and new memoir, he's surprisingly earnest. Also, we'll hear about what may be the worst film ever made, The Day the Clown Cried, from 1972. Only a handful of people have seen it, but now that its director and star Jerry Lewis has donated it to the Library of Congress, more of us will one day watch it in all its glory. And we'll hear the 1920s recording that set the standard for traditional Irish music ever since.

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    • Studio 360: Eric Kandel, Snowblink, & "Walk on the Wild Side"

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Neuroscientist Eric Kandel explains how art affects the brain. Plus, we find out why Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" is a work of nonfiction. And the indie duo Snowblink plays their dreamy music live in our studio.

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    • Studio 360: Jeremy Irons & Ancient Roman Hairdos

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 50 mins
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    Jeremy Irons, the nemesis of a generation of movie heroes, explains the secret to playing bad believably. Kurt Andersen asks English folk-punk Billy Bragg if he’ll miss the late Margaret Thatcher, the nemesis of a generation of musicians, novelists, and artists in Great Britain. Novelist Meg Wolitzer expresses sympathy for teenagers (nemeses to countless generations of adults) in her new book The Interestings. And a Baltimore hairdresser shakes up classical scholarship by recreating elaborate Roman hairdos for the first time in millennia.

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    • 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: Mad Men Style & Fifty Shades of Grey

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 53 mins
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    Ahead of the Mad Men finale this weekend, we decode the social mores of the 1960s through the wardrobes of Joan, Peggy, and Don. And as the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy pushes our social mores now, publishers and readers explain what all the fuss is about. Plus, Kurt Andersen talks with the writer Paul Theroux. His new novel, The Lower River, follows a former Peace Corps volunteer back to Malawi.

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

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • 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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    • Studio 360: Hilary Mantel on “Wolf Hall,” Juliette Binoche, & Dwight Yoakam

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 54 mins
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    Hilary Mantel explains why we’re still so interested in Henry VIII: he was a real-life “monster-king.” Juliette Binoche stars as an aging actress in Clouds of Sils Maria opposite Kristen Stewart’s undermining upstart. And Dwight Yoakam plays his gritty, gorgeous country music live, in-studio.

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

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • 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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