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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — Drake helps a blogger hit it big, Nintendo meets Twin Peaks, Ishmael's blog post, Muppets vs. Beasties, and Zelda Williams remembers her father.  

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Inside the Mind that Translated Moby Dick Into Emoji

Thursday, February 27, 2014

There is no white whale Emoji character. But that's just part of the fun (and art) of Emoji Dick.

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Saturday at the Opera

Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Today at 1 pm, tune in for Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's adaptation of Herman Melville's novel, which played to strong reviews at San Francisco Opera last fall.

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American Icons: Moby-Dick

Friday, December 30, 2011

In this Peabody Award-winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of the great white whale.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Tales from the Great Epics

Sunday, May 01, 2011

The great epics of literature—from those by Homer to "Beowulf" to the "Song of Roland" and Dante’s "Divine Comedy"—are not short stories. For one thing, they are all rather long. But they were intended to be read—or sung—aloud before enraptured audiences. We’ll hear two such readings on this program, as well as a re-telling of"Moby Dick" from the whale’s point of view.  

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Music That Speaks to You

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Here's a Black Friday deal that the big-box retailers can't beat.  Buy the new album from the up-and-coming indie band Ezra Furman and the Harpoons and you'll get a personalized song thrown in, for no extra charge.  Just send them a letter with your life story (or a condensed version, perhaps), and they’ll churn out a folk-rock ditty with your name on it.

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Moby Dick

Saturday, November 05, 2005

In this Peabody Award-winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of Moby-Dick. Herman Melville’s white whale survived his battle with Captain Ahab only to surface in the works of contemporary filmmakers, painters, playwrights and musicians. Kurt Andersen explores the influence of this American icon with the help of Ray ...

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Elizabeth Schultz

Saturday, December 04, 2004

University of Kansas Professor Elizabeth Schultz is passionate about Moby-Dick. According to Schultz, Melville would have appreciated David Ives’s short play Moby-Dude — Melville was something of a prankster himself.

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Tony Kushner

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) says that Moby-Dick had the single greatest impact on his own writing.

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Political Resonance

Saturday, December 04, 2004

In the dark fall of 2001, images from Moby-Dick surfaced in the press, as a strange literary footnote to the most shocking event of the last half century. Producer Trey Kay speaks with Professors Andrew Delbanco and Samuel Otter about a metaphor that is undeniably powerful and impossible ...

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The Pequod vs. The Enterprise

Saturday, December 04, 2004

In her modern opera, Songs and Stories from Moby Dick, Laurie Anderson compares two great sagas about America — Moby-Dick and Star Trek.

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Frank Stella

Saturday, December 04, 2004

In 1986, legendary sculptor and painter Frank Stella defied Melville’s instruction not to paint the White Whale, and then spent the next twelve years chasing an artistic obsession that Stella says nearly destroyed him. Produced by Leital Molad and Edward Lifson.

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Call Me Ishmael

Saturday, December 04, 2004

The composer and performer Laurie Anderson was so taken with Moby-Dick, she composed a strange, cool, modern opera called Songs and Stories from Moby-Dick. Anderson tells us how Melville hooked her in the first few pages. Thanks to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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He Rises

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Ray Bradbury talks to Kurt Andersen about adapting Moby-Dick for the big screen.

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The Grand Armada

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Professor Elizabeth Schultz discusses her favorite passage from Moby-Dick, from the chapter titled "The Grand Armada," where Ishmael and his companions are dragged into the center of a huge pod of whales, and find peace in the midst of the bloody terror of whale-hunting:

And thus, though surrounded by ...

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Bonus Feature: Rinde Eckert

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Composer Rinde Eckert’s opera And God Created Great Whales is a meditation on creativity, memory, madness, and Moby-Dick. Produced by Jeff Lunden.

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Special Thanks

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities for their support of Studio 360's American Icons. Special thanks also to Mary Beth Kirchner, Sarah Lilley, Barbara Taylor, Andrew Delbanco Tom Lewis, Elizabeth Schultz, and Calvin Skaggs.

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Ishmael, Ahab, Moby

Saturday, December 04, 2004

This American Icon continues to resonate in our culture more than 150 years after it was written. Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick survived his battle with Captain Ahab only to surface in the works of contemporary filmmakers, painters, playwrights and musicians. Kurt Anderson explores the contemporary influence of Herman Melville’s brilliant novel, ...

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Special Guest: Edward Herrmann

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Edward Herrmann is our voice of Ishmael. Herrmann boasts an impressive career that spans more than 30 years in theater, film and television.

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The Original Improvisor

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Music historian Stanley Crouch includes Moby-Dick in his lectures about jazz history at Juilliard, even though the novel was written over five decades before jazz developed. According to Crouch, Melville was an expert at improvisation. Produced by Ave Carrillo.

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