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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 1,684 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: Emily Dickinson & The Outsiders

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 53 mins
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    This week in Studio 360, the class struggle comes home. In The Outsiders, tough kids from the wrong side of the tracks go toe to toe with entitled jerks wearing Madras shirts. A railroad worker martyrs himself to save his job in The Ballad of John Henry. We’ll hear about Emily Dickinson’s death obsession, and one listener’s ambitious bid to write a short story every month of 2013. (No literary martyrdom, please).

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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: Viggo Mortensen, Diane Arbus, & Perfecting a British Accent

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Actor Viggo Mortensen brings some of his own outdoorsy skills to his role as a dad raising his kids off the grid in Captain Fantastic. Also, with a new exhibit of her early photographs, it’s time to reconsider Diane Arbus’ conflicted legacy. And Kurt gets a lesson on speaking like a proper Brit from an accent coach. [Broadcast Date: July 21, 2016]

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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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    • 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: Angel Olsen, Sheldon Harnick, & The Science of Singing

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    On this week's show, the art and science of singing. At the age of 92, Broadway lyricist Sheldon Harnick hasn't lost any of the wit and insight that helped him write Fiddler on the Roof. Also, we find out what cutting-edge medical science can do to save the voices of aging singers. And indie singer-songwriter Angel Olsen plays live in our studio.

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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.

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    • This is not the full story.

    • By Casey on 11-18-11

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    • Studio 360: Hilary Hahn Improvs & Kids Blog

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 53 mins
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    The violinist Hilary Hahn ditches the classical repertoire and goes full improv. She performs live in the studio with the pianist Hauschka. Kurt Andersen talks with the writer Adam Gopnik about how Hollywood-style violence might have played into the massacre in a Colorado movie theater. And Karen Thompson Walker imagines time slowing down in her debut novel The Age of Miracles.

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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 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: Lois Lowry & Romare Bearden

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Kurt Andersen talks with Lois Lowry, author of the dystopian children’s book The Giver, which has been widely celebrated and widely banned. Her new book Son is the final chapter in The Giver series. The celebrated collage artist Romare Bearden is remembered by two friends who were with him in his last days. And a kindergarten teacher learns to let go from Finding Nemo.

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    • Studio 360: Kate Winslet & Newt the Novelist

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 53 mins
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    Kurt Andersen talks with Kate Winslet about her new movie Carnage, her mastery of playing complicated women, and the challenges of on-screen vomiting. Lalah Hathaway comes to terms with the complicated legacy of her father, the R&B singer and song-writer Donny Hathaway. Plus the illustrator Lou Beach tries his hand at writing super short stories — and we challenge listeners to write their own for our 420-character story contest.

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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: American Icons: The Great Gatsby

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    We explore F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and find out how the compact novel became an American icon. Novelist Jonathan Franzen tells us why he still reads it every year or two, and writer Patricia Hampl explains why its lightness is deceptive. We'll drive around the tony Long Island suburbs where Gatsby was set, and Azar Nafisi describes teaching the book to university students in Tehran.

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    • Studio 360: Mel Brooks & Big Band Brooklyn

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 50 mins
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    How did a poor kid from Brooklyn escape life as a shipping clerk and instead become Mel Brooks? Even Mel Brooks isn’t too sure, but “If you’ve got your mother’s love,” he tells Kurt Andersen, “you can’t go wrong.” Meanwhile, jazz composer Darcy James Argue conjures another, imaginary Brooklyn in an epic work for big band that’s a “total sensory overload.” And we’ll see how architects have tried to heal the memory of trauma at buildings like Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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    • Studio 360: Classical Music for Bros & A New Symbol for the South

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Sure, the on-field sounds of crunching bones and concussing heads are great, but football just wouldn't be the same without the music. Also, we hear from The New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, who actually tried all of those brain-training techniques we keep hearing about for her latest book, Let's Be Less Stupid. And our team of designers unveils their new symbol for the South.

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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: Simon Pegg, The Bird and the Bee, & Betting on Bond

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 54 mins
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    The actor and screenwriter Simon Pegg explains how he went from making funny genre flicks with his buddies to starring in some of Hollywood's biggest franchises. Also, the musical duo The Bird and the Bee performs their lush, catchy retro-pop live in our studio. And a British bookie explains why you can bet on just about anything, except who will perform the next Bond theme.

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