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Noah Baumbach Explains Why HBO Dropped "The Corrections"

Friday, March 27, 2015

The director Noah Baumbach explains why his adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" for HBO fell through, and why he may just not be cut out for TV.
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Selected Shorts

Ambition

Friday, November 14, 2014

Having it all, and then wanting more, in Jonathan Franzen's portrait of a marriage.

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Selected Shorts

Social Climbers

Friday, November 14, 2014

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about how the rich aren’t like you and me.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Video: Questions for Jonathan Franzen

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Novelist Jonathan Franzen shares a few of his favorite science fiction books from his high-school days.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Twenty-Seventh City, by Jonathan Franzen

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Jonathan Franzen has been called one of the most important living fiction writers in America. We’re going back to his very first novel.

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Studio 360

American Icons: The Great Gatsby

Friday, March 29, 2013

Studio 360 explores F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and finds out how this compact novel became the great American story of our age. Novelist Jonathan Franzen tells Kurt Andersen why he still reads it every year or two, and writer Patricia Hampl explains why its lightness is deceptive ...

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Studio 360

Jonathan Franzen

Friday, September 02, 2011

Ever since Jonathan Franzen wowed the literary world with his 2001 novel The Corrections, he's been hailed as the next great American writer. His latest book Freedom, out in paperback later this month, was another roundly praised bestseller. At this point, Franzen makes it look easy ...

Bonus Track: an extended cut of Kurt and Jonathan Franzen's conversation

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Studio 360

Jonathan Franzen and The World Trade Center

Friday, September 02, 2011

This week, two stories from the World Trade Center as it once was: Kurt Andersen talks with Philippe Petit about his daring tightrope walk between the towers in 1974, and Stephen Vitiello composes music using the sounds of the building. Plus, the novelist Jonathan Franzen — his epic best-seller about ...

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My List of 2010's Most Fascinating

Friday, December 31, 2010

With just a few hours to go this year, let me add my picks for the most fascinating people of 2010 to the mix:

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Studio 360

American Icons: The Great Gatsby

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Kurt Andersen explores how episodes of false identity, living large, and murder in the suburbs add up to the great American novel.

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Studio 360

Franzen on Wharton

Monday, November 01, 2010

So, it's mid-autumn and if you're done reading the it-novel of the fall of 2010 --Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, natch-- how about cracking open the it-novel of the fall of 1905? Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.

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Studio 360

Jonathan Franzen Mans Up

Friday, September 10, 2010

When guests come into Studio 360 and get settled, I tend to have a bit of friendly small talk with them before we start the Official Interview. But as Jonathan Franzen and I chit-chatted earlier this week as we prepared to talk about his terrific new novel Freedom, one bit of that talk wasn't so small. When I passingly, joshingly used the verb phrase 'to man up,' it struck a nerve.

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Studio 360

More with Franzen

Friday, September 10, 2010

Our extended cut of Kurt's conversation with Jonathan Franzen, in which the novelist talks about the influence of Tolstoy on his writing, and laments being recognized during a trip to the supermarket for sugar-free Jell-O.

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Franzen on Freedom

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ever since Jonathan Franzen wowed the literary world with his 2001 novel The Corrections, he's been hailed as the next great American writer. Kurt talks to Franzen about the perils of literary success and his new novel Freedom, another epic about a colorful and ...

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Studio 360

Franzen & Chocolate Genius

Friday, September 10, 2010

Kurt Andersen talks to novelist Jonathan Franzen about his new book, Freedom, and why families remain so central to his fiction. In Camden, New Jersey — a town plagued by blight and violence — folks behind a new theater hope it can help the city turn around. And the singer Chocolate Genius performs live in our studio.

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The Arts File

Jonathan Franzen's Freedom

Friday, August 27, 2010

Julie Bosman, of The NYT, talks about Franzen's new novel.

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Talk To Me: Jonathan Franzen Gets Personal

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen put his private life on public display.

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