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Elvis Costello

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Elvis Costello has kept his fans on their toes by zig-zagging musically over the last twenty-five years, taking detours into chamber music, jazz and creamy pop. For his latest recording, My Flame Burns Blue, Costello teams up with a Dutch big band called Metropole Orkest. They play ...

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Sweeney Todd

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Once again, audiences on Broadway are attending the tale of Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece, which first shocked audiences back in 1979. This innovative revival shifts the setting of the musical from the streets of Victorian London to an insane asylum. Another strange thing: there is no orchestra. As ...

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Bass is Beautiful

Thursday, February 16, 2006

It used to be in popular music that you'd feel the bass line more than hear it. Today's bass players have to balance their crucial supporting role with increasing duties as a soloist. Bill Leigh of Bass Player magazine and Victor Wooten, a virtuoso ...

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My Speech To The Martians

Thursday, February 09, 2006

We asked humorist Jack Handey why people are so driven to violence. He thinks it's because we're human.

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Wendy Wasserstein

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein passed away this week. The author of The Heidi Chronicles and The Sisters Rosensweig, Wasserstein spoke with Kurt Andersen last year about her plans for the future and her experience giving birth at the age of 48.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Freud

Saturday, February 04, 2006

In 1925, the movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn traveled all the way to Vienna to meet Sigmund Freud. Goldwyn wanted the famous doctor to consult on movies for MGM -- to tell filmmakers what was really happening in famous love stories. Freud, however, refused even to see Goldwyn. Playwright

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Sarah Jones

Saturday, February 04, 2006

In the new Broadway show Bridge & Tunnel, writer-performer Sarah Jones celebrates (and impersonates) the incredible diversity of New York City’s outer boroughs. Kurt asked Jones how she embodies the hopes and dreams of a Pakistani accountant, a Jewish grandmother and many other characters.

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American Icons: Appalachian Spring

Saturday, January 07, 2006

In 1942, the composer Aaron Copland was commissioned to write a piece of music for the choreographer Martha Graham. Dance and music in America have never been the same.

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Diane Keaton

Saturday, December 24, 2005

In The Family Stone, the veteran actress outshines young stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Claire Danes as the matriarch of a large family on a white New England Christmas — Frank Capra with an edge of venom. Kurt asks Keaton how she got from ingenue to grandma so quickly.

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Orson's Shadow

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Austin Pendleton is a well-known character actor who became a playwright. He’s written a play about Orson Welles, whose amazing early triumph with Citizen Kane (Welles was 26) turned into a career of embarrassing failures and unfinished projects. In Orson’s Shadow, based on real events, a theater critic tries to ...

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John Cale: Things (To Do in Denver When You're Dead)

Saturday, December 10, 2005

John Cale performs this song (off his 2004 album HoboSapiens) live in the studio. 

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Nutcracker Nation

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Christmas has its predictable signs: holiday music pumping through pharmacy loud-speakers, laser light shows on the neighbor's lawn, and the annual production of The Nutcracker. But how did a classical ballet from czarist Russia, based on a German horror story, become an American Christmas tradition? Curtis Fox asked dance scholar ...

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Thom Pain

Saturday, October 29, 2005

We know the name of the man on stage, but we don’t know much else about him – he constantly revises his opinions and his portrayal of himself. In the acclaimed Off-Broadway play Thom Pain (based on nothing), playwright Will Eno explores some of the darker and ...

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Dolly Parton

Saturday, October 29, 2005

At age ten, in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dolly Parton launched her country music career and 50 years later she shows no sign of slowing down. Over the years she has become a movie star, a theme park creator, and a literacy activist. Dolly talks to Kurt about her ...

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Spalding Gray

Saturday, October 22, 2005

This month Crown books released Life Interrupted, the last monologue of Spalding Gray, best known for his autobiographical stories Swimming To Cambodia and Gray’s Anatomy. In the final monologue, Gray speaks about the severe head and leg injuries he sustained in a car accident while vacationing in Ireland. ...

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Aha Moment: The Rookie

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Christine Chapman has always been an actress, but she couldn't manage to perform with a full-time job and a family to care for. Her dream of being in theater got a shot in the arm from Dennis Quaid one afternoon in an empty movie theater. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Aha Moment: Lar Lubovitch

Saturday, October 08, 2005

One of the big names in American dance, Lar Lubovitch was a painter until he saw a performance by the late Jose Limon. It turned him into a choreographer on the spot. Produced by Ann Hepperman and Kara Oehler.

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Tied

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Back in 1982, two artists: Teching Hsieh and Linda Montano bound themselves together — with a piece of rope — for a whole year. They were seasoned performance artists, but nothing could have prepared them for this experiment in closeness. Produced by Tara Geer.

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Special Guest: Karen Finley

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Kurt talks with Karen Finley about art and intimacy. 

Finley is a performance artist and the author of several books, including A Different Kind of Intimacy. She is a visiting professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and contributes to The Huffington Post.

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Mud Show

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Kelly Miller Circus is one of the last "mud shows," setting up in small towns and breaking down the same night. North Country Public Radio's Gregory Warner visited the circus in Arcade, New York. He found a unique version of family-friendly raunch, and a big grudge against Cirque du ...

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