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Selected Shorts: Passion for the Park

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Colson Whitehead, Walter Dean Myers, and Susan Cheever celebrate Central Park.  Happy spring!

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Studio 360

Colson Whitehead Goes Zombie

Friday, November 25, 2011

Colson Whitehead is one of America’s most respected novelists, the author of The Intuitionist and Sag Harbor and a MacArthur ‘genius.’ But his new book goes pretty lowbrow. Zone One is about zombies — and not some postmodern metaphorical zombies. It’s the real deal, with brains being eaten ...

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Studio 360

Breaking Taboos with Tim Minchin and Colson Whitehead

Friday, November 25, 2011

Studio 360 is breaking taboos live onstage, at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in Manhattan. The Australian comedian-singer-songwriter Tim Minchin turns a diss into a show tune. Raconteur Cintra Wilson finds the hidden meanings in your bad fashion choices. And Colson Whitehead, a MacArthur genius, explains why his new ...

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The Takeaway

Colson Whitehead on 'Zone One' and Zombies

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Colson Whitehead has famously tackled topics like a young man's coming of age in "Sag Harbor," the social elevation of African Americans in "The Intuitionist," and America’s industrial age in "John Henry Days." In his new novel, the award-winning Whitehead goes just as large, maybe even larger, with a look at how an imaginary apocalypse might bring out the best and worst in humans and American culture. Also, Whitehead's apocalypse includes zombies. The title of the new book, which hits stores this week, is "Zone One."

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Loss and Recovery

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Four tales of loss and recovery in the past and present make up this varied program.

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Features

WNYC's Picks for the Brooklyn Book Festival

Friday, September 16, 2011

More than 260 authors and panelists will be in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday for the sixth annual Brooklyn Book Festival. Panels are devoted to a wide range of topics during the day-long free fest. Everything from food politics to the Arab Spring to mystery writing to Mad Libs will be on the table. Here are some of WNYC's festival picks:

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Selected Shorts

New York 'Lost and Found': A Special 9/11 Selected Shorts

Saturday, September 10, 2011

This special program recognizes the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the character of New York City. "UFO in Kushiro" by Haruki Murakami will be read by Ken Leung and "Lost and Found" by Colson Whitehead will be read by Alec Baldwin.

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Studio 360

Colson, Born to Run, Zahedi

Friday, April 28, 2006

Kurt Andersen talks with novelist Colson Whitehead about the power of names and why he wanted the hero of his book to be an expert in product branding. We’ll hear from a filmmaker whose colossal self-absorption is actually fun to watch on screen. And Kurt talks with a listener who was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s "Born to Run" to quit his job – and join the Army.

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Studio 360

What's in a Name?

Friday, April 28, 2006

The hero of Colson Whitehead's new novel Apex Hides the Hurt is an advertising executive with a natural gift for branding new products. Kurt Andersen asked Whitehead why he gave his character the strange gig of renaming a small town with a troubled history.

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