American Icons: Superman

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Disguised as a mild-mannered reporter, Kurt Andersen explores the history of Superman with cartoonists Jules Feiffer and Art Spiegelman, director Bryan Singer, novelists Michael Chabon and Howard Jacobson, and the 1978 Lois Lane, Margot Kidder. Is this strange visitor from the planet Krypton derivative of Jewish mythology? Can one superhero wield ultimate power for a moral good? And what’s up with the blue tights?

(Originally aired July 6, 2006)

Music Playlist

  1. Prelude And Main Title March

    Artist: John Williams
    Album: Superman The Movie Soundtrack
    Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  2. Main Title March (Alternate Version)

    Artist: John Williams
    Album: Superman The Movie Soundtrack
    Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  3. Super Rescues (Contains Previously Unissued Material)

    Artist: John Williams
    Album: Superman The Movie Soundtrack
    Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  4. The Debt

    Artist: Frank London
    Album: The Debt
    Label: Tzadik
  5. Death Of Jonathan Kent (Previously Unissued)

    Artist: John Williams
    Album: Superman The Movie Soundtrack
    Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  6. O Superman

    Artist: Laurie Anderson
    Album: Big Science
    Label: Nonesuch
  7. The Strongest Man in the World

    Artist: Bob Holiday
    Album: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
    Label: Masterworks Broadway
  8. We Need Him

    Artist: Patricia Marand;Jack Cassidy;Bob Holiday;It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman Ensemble
    Album: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
    Label: Masterworks Broadway
  9. Growing Up

    Artist: John Williams
    Album: Superman The Movie Soundtrack
    Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  10. Lex Luthor's Lair (Contians Previously Unissued Material)

    Artist: John Williams
    Album: Superman The Movie Soundtrack
    Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  11. The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts

    Artist: Sufjan Stevens
    Album: Illinois
    Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  12. The Terrace (Previously Unissued)

    Artist: John Williams
    Album: Superman The Movie Soundtrack
    Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  13. The Planet Krypton

    Artist: John Williams
    Album: Superman The Movie Soundtrack
    Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  14. Love Theme From Superman

    Artist: John Williams
    Album: Superman The Movie Soundtrack
    Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.