Movies on the Radio

Beautiful Music for Post-Apocalypse Dystopias

Saturday, November 23, 2013

In such movies as "The Hunger Games," "The Planet of the Apes" and "The Road," the score serves not only to emphasize the action, but also to tug at our emotions, yielding surprisingly lovely music.



The Hunger Games: Dystopian Soundtrack

Friday, March 23, 2012

The much-anticipated sci-fi movie “The Hunger Games” comes out in theaters today, but the soundtrack to the film has been selling like gangbusters since Tuesday. Music journalist Joe Levy gives us his review of the star-studded album, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett. Plus, we open the phones to talk about great music inspired by dismal predictions of life in the future.

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Does It All End Here? Searching for Harry Potter's Successor

Thursday, July 14, 2011

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” raked in $158.4 million domestically over the weekend, breaking records which "The Dark Knight" had held, according to Warner Bros. The film's world premiere marks the end (for now) to the adventures of Harry Potter. WNYC reached out to book publishers, teen lit reviewers and librarians to find out what new titles have the potential to fill the gap.

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The Takeaway

Why is Teen Dystopian Literature on the Rise?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

For decades, teenagers have enjoyed stories of darkness and dystopia — from social critiques like “The Lord of the Flies” to dystopian nightmares like “A Clockwork Orange.” But in the last year or two, the market for dystopian and apocalyptic young adult fiction has exploded with more books and darker stories than ever, and the year ahead promises the most books in this genre to date.What's behind this teen dystopian trend, and why is there so much demand for it?

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Studio 360


Saturday, August 14, 2004

Lois Lowry's novel The Giver is read avidly by children and adults alike. The story is about Jonas, a twelve-year-old boy, who lives in what seems to be a perfect community. But Jonas longs to be elsewhere. Hillary Frank speaks to Lois Lowry about The Giver.