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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 1,600 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

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    • Studio 360: Matt Damon & Sofia Coppola

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    In the Coen Brothers’ film True Grit, Matt Damon plays a Texas Ranger on the hunt for a killer. But the swagger stops there. "He's a total windbag," Damon admits about the character.

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    • 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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    • Studio 360: Gary Shteyngart & Amanda Palmer

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 50 mins
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    Gary Shteyngart set his new novel, Super Sad True Love Story, in a dystopian, not-too-distant future where books are passé and social media reigns supreme — just like the present, only worse. Shteyngart tells Kurt how the reality of America's decline ended up outpacing his fiction and why love in the face of authoritarian systems is especially romantic.

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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

    • 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: 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: Matthew McConaughey & DIY Vermeer

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    This week, Kurt Andersen talks with Matthew McConaughey, who set out to transform his career with a string of dark, thorny roles. He just won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his edgy antihero Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. Plus, a Texas tinkerer believes that he’s uncovered the secret of the uncanny painter Vermeer. And New York’s Museum of Modern Art sets out to destroy some great architecture.

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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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    • 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

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

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 54 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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    • Studio 360: Linda Ronstadt & Leaves of Grass

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