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Kurt Vonnegut Talks to the Dead

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary celebration, Marty Goldensohn, former WNYC news director, shares excerpts from the station's 1998 series "Reports on the Afterlife." It's based on Vonnegut's book God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian, a fictionalized account of interviews with recently deceased people.

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Kurt Vonnegut: "Fates Worse Than Death"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

His edgy 1982 “sermon” took on the question of whether hydrogen bombs would deliver us from more terrifying circumstances. The full audio recording is now available for the first time.
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Vonnegut on Deadeye Dick, a Story of "Gun Nuts and Nukes"

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In this archival interview, the famed author defends his fiction against critics who to pan his writing, comparing his detractors to “circus geeks” who “bite the heads off chickens for the amusement of the rubes who walk by.”

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Kurt Vonnegut on Jailbird, His Watergate Novel

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Kurt Vonnegut tells us why he abandoned the sketchy sci-fi plot lines in favor of a sharp-eyed political realism of what has come to be known as his “Watergate novel,” Jailbird.
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Kurt Vonnegut and L.J. Davis and the Novelist's Relationship to Community

Thursday, December 19, 2013

This May 1, 1978 interview was the third Vonnegut had with Walter James Miller.
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Kurt Vonnegut on Slapstick, His Sci-Fi Family Novel

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Vonnegut talks about his strange sci-fi tale of fraternal twins who are brilliant when they can interact with each other but only “dull normal” when separated. He reveals that his portrait of these fictional twins was based on his deep real-life bond with his only sister, Alice.

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Kurt Vonnegut on Breakfast of Champions

Thursday, December 05, 2013

After years of obscurity in the 1950s and early 1960s, Vonnegut now found himself one of the handful of most-talked about writers in America. This interview reveals him at the top of his game—confidently proclaiming the novelist’s ability to “make up new myths that people will believe.”

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My American Icon: Slaughterhouse-Five

Friday, September 27, 2013

In American Icons, we explore works of art that help us understand our nation, and what it means to be an American. From Richard Wright's Native Son to Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," these classics have endured because they deal with issues we still care about today. What works of art ...

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Aha Moment: Jon Ronson on Kurt Vonnegut

Friday, December 07, 2012

Kurt Vonnegut is a serious writer who holds a special place in the hearts of teenagers. Jon Ronson got hooked on Vonnegut when he was 15. For his long train rides from Cardiff, Wales, to look at colleges, Ronson packed a bag with Vonnegut’s novels, including Slaughterhouse Five ...

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Kurt Vonnegut: WNYC Reporter on the Afterlife

Friday, August 05, 2011

The author Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) worked with WNYC producer Marty Goldensohn on a 1998 series known as Reports on the Afterlife. A year earlier, Vonnegut explained these reports would come as a result of "controlled near-death experiences."

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