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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 1,281 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: Alan Turing’s Hollywood Epic & Charles Mingus: Cat Trainer

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Alan Turing broke the Nazis' Enigma code and helped win World War II for the Allies — and also invented modern computing; we'll compare the legend of Turing to the reality. Mexico's violent narcocorrido songs became a form of state propaganda. And the famous jazz musician Charles Mingus had a little-known sideline: cat trainer. Who knew?

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    • Studio 360: Salman Rushdie & Andy Warhol

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 52 mins
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    Kurt Andersen talks with Salman Rushdie. His new memoir chronicles the stranger-than-fiction decade he spent under threat of the Ayatollah Khomeni’s fatwa. We revisit the golden age of MTV. And Andy Warhol turns a can of Campbell’s soup into an American icon.

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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: 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: 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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    • 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
    • Agreed with Fooled Me Once!!

    • By Kevin on 11-03-11

    Regular price: $4.87

    • The Future According to Me

    • By: Rob Kutner
    • Narrated by: Emo Philips, Rob Kutner, Jane Wiedlin, and others
    • Length: 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Hipster aliens! Existentially aware smart toilets! Instant genital swapping! The future will be all of these things and so much more in Conan/Daily Show writer Rob Kutner's collection of "quick hits" on what could be but probably shouldn't.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • 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: 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: 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: "Black Mirror" & the Complicated Legacy of Alan Lomax

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Charlie Brooker was inspired by The Twilight Zone to create his sci-fi series Black Mirror, in which digital technology keeps biting us back in the spookiest ways. And we hear about folklorist Alan Lomax, who brought the blues to a wider audience, but enforced his own kind of musical segregation. And a conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith about her obsession with David Bowie.

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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: Hilary Mantel on “Wolf Hall,” Juliette Binoche, & Dwight Yoakam

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • 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: Sue Grafton, Director Joshua Oppenheimer, & Confessions of an Art Forger

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    The author Sue Grafton had never tried to write a mystery before A Is for Alibi, the first novel in her Kinsey Millhone series. Now that she's on X, she's getting ready for a well-deserved party. And we hear from Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the documentaries The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence, two films about a genocide whose perpetrators were surprisingly proud of their work. And one of the world's most prolific art forgers can't be prosecuted, because he never accepted a penny for his fakes.

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    • Studio 360: Sue Grafton & Comedy Podcasts

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Thirty years ago, Sue Grafton started a series of novels named for the alphabet (most recently, V is for Vengeance). She’s working on W, with three to go — then, “a long nap.” Netflix ushered in a new era of TV binge viewing, and now it’s producing an ambitious new political series, 13 episodes long, that it will release all at once. And these days, every comedian has a podcast, but are they making comedy less funny?

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    • Studio 360: Sloane Crosley Quits Her Day Job & Are We Watching Too Much TV?

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Sloane Crosley had a successful career as a book publicist and had written two best-selling collections of funny essays. But to write her first novel, she ditched it all and moved to France - not too shabby! Also, we hear from the CEO of FX, who thinks there's just too much TV on TV. And sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady were as close as sisters can be - but they didn’t start the band CocoRosie until they reunited as adults.

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    • Thalia Book Club: Studio 360 Explores Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

    • By: Franz Kafka
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen, Ben Marcus, Helen Phillips, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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    The Metamorphosis, first published in 1915, has captivated readers and artists for 100 years. Studio 360's Kurt Andersen leads spirited conversation exploring the classic story and its impact on arts and culture with guests Ben Marcus (Leaving the Sea), Helen Phillips (The Beautiful Bureaucrat), Eric Jarosinski (NeinQuarterly), and translator Susan Bernofsky. With a reading by Heather Burns (Bored to Death).

    Regular price: $3.41

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