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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 1,789 ratings

    Regular price: $39.95

    • 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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    • 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: 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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    • 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
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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: 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: 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
    • 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 Zully on 02-27-18

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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: $9.95

    • Studio 360: American Icons: The Wizard of Oz

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 54 mins
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    It's been 78 years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how "Oz" captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how playwright Neil LaBute, filmmaker Nora Ephron, novelist Salman Rushdie, and musician Bobby McFerrin all found magic, meaning, and inspiration in "Oz".

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    • Studio 360: American Icons: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    • By: Kurt Andersen
    • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
    • Length: 54 mins
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    Ken Kesey had worked in a mental hospital, but his first novel was really a parable of what happens when you stand up to the Man — a counterculture fable that doesn't end well. Despite his far-reaching influence, Kesey was shut out by filmmakers who turned the story into an Oscar-sweeping phenomenon. Cuckoo's Nest changed how many people thought about mental illness and institutions.

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    • Studio 360: Woody Guthrie & Andrew Bird

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 53 mins
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    Kurt Andersen speaks with Pete Seeger, Sharon Jones, and others about why "This Land is Your Land" endures, as part of our American Icons series. Later in the hour, writer Anne Lamott and musician Andrew Bird let us in on their creative processes. Hint: one involves holing yourself up in a barn in the middle of nowhere.

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    • Studio 360: Twyla Tharp & How the X-Files Taught Us to Believe

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 54 mins
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    One of the most famous choreographers working today, Twyla Tharp is the person you call when you want to turn Billy Joel songs into Broadway catnip or get horses dancing in Central Park. Also, we hear what made The X-Files such a good fit for the conspiracy-minded 1990s, and why we’re primed for it to come back now. And the director Sebastian Schipper explains how he shot a feature-length thriller over the course of two hours in Berlin - in just one take.

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

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • 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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    • 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: Lois Lowry & Romare Bearden

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • 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: Tom McCarthy, Alexander Chee, & "Migrant Mother"

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • 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: Salman Rushdie & Andy Warhol

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • 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: Woody Harrelson & Burning Art

    • By: Kurt Andersen
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    • Length: 53 mins
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    Kurt Andersen talks with Woody Harrelson. The versatile and prolific performer has co-written and directed a play, based loosely on a stoned summer before he became an actor. A piece of public art that drew attention to climate change abruptly disappears from the University of Wyoming campus, where the energy industry looms large. And an aspiring lawyer gets a reality check from the movie The Paper Chase.

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