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The Leonard Lopate Show

The High-Flying History of Superman

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, who after 75 years remains one of America’s most enduring heroes. In Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, Tye looks at the history of the Man of Steel and also of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

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Movies on the Radio

Poll: Your Favorite John Williams Score

Saturday, November 16, 2013

On Saturday, David Garland hosted a retrospective look at composer John Williams, whose newest score is for "The Book Thief," now in theaters. Listen to the show and vote in our poll.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: The "Hurry Up with My Damn Croissants" Edition

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Slate's culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and June Thomas discuss Kanye West's "Yeezus" with Forrest Wickman and Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" with Glen Weldon. Also, they weigh the virtues of ambivalence.

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Movies on the Radio

The Music of Superman Through the Years

Saturday, June 15, 2013

David Garland presents an hour of Superman-inspired music, early 1940s cartoons, the 1950s TV show, John Williams' score from the 1978 film, and highlights from the new "Man of Steel."

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Man of Steel,' 'This is the End,' and 'The Bling Ring'

Friday, June 14, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk about the dark side of Superman, the bright side of the apocalypse, and the inside of Paris Hilton's closet. It's all in honor of "Man of Steel," "This is the End," and "The Bling Ring."

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Studio 360

Rooting for the Bad Guy: Michael Shannon

Friday, June 14, 2013

Michael Shannon is known for playing unhinged crazies, and he’s had a good year of it. He spent another season putting the fear of God into Prohibition-era Atlantic City on Boardwalk Empire. And now, Shannon spars with Superman as the supervillain General Zod in Man of Steel. (His ...

Bonus Track: Kurt's extended conversation with Michael Shannon

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Soundcheck

Scoring A Myth: Superman's Sonic History

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Before we hear some of Hans Zimmer's new score for the Superman film Man of Steel, we listen back to the heroic sounds of the superhero throughout the 20th century. 

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Soundcheck

Hans Zimmer Goes For 'The Hope Thing' In ‘Man Of Steel’

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer, Hans Zimmer, is behind the completely revamped score for the new Superman film, Man Of Steel.

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The Sounds of Superman; Hans Zimmer's 'Man of Steel'; Bernhoft Loops Live

Thursday, June 13, 2013

In this episode: With a new Superman film in theaters this weekend, we hear about the music that’s accompanied the legend since its advent in the late 1930s -- from the early sounds of the animated TV shorts and radio programs to the 1966 Broadway musical to John Williams' iconic 1978 theme. 

Plus: Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer talks about providing a completely new score for the new Christopher Nolan-directed Superman film, Man of Steel.

And: The Norwegian singer, multi-instrumentalist, and looping wiz known as Bernhoft performs in our studio. 

    The Leonard Lopate Show

    The High-Flying History of Superman

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, who after 75 years remains one of America’s most enduring heroes. In Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, Tye looks at the history of the Man of Steel and also of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

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    Studio 360

    American Icons: Superman

    Friday, May 31, 2013

    Kurt Andersen goes up, up and away with Superman and finds out why "The Man of Steel" remains as popular and elusive as ever.

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    Movies on the Radio

    My Tardy Valentine

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

    It's not too late for love, is it? Valentine's Day has just passed, but Movies on the Radio is still feeling the ardor.

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    On The Media

    Clark Kent Quits The Daily Planet

    Friday, November 02, 2012

    In the latest issue of Superman, Clark Kent quits his job at The Daily Planet while soliloquizing about how poor print journalism has become. Brooke talks to Larry Tye, author of Superman: The High Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero about Clark Kent's history as a journalist, the ethical conundrum of covering his alter-ego, and the Man of Steel's potential future as a blogger.

    Adventures of Superman Theme

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    Studio 360

    Howard Jacobson Wins the Booker Prize

    Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    Just last weekend, the British novelist Howard Jacobson was lamenting that he wasn't being taken seriously.  "There is a fear of comedy in the novel today," he wrote the Guardian Saturday Review. "When did you last see the word 'funny' on the jacket of a serious novel?"  Well, perhaps we'll see it more often.  Jacobson just won this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

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    WNYC News

    Original Superman Comic Sells for $1 Million

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

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    While a print by Damien Hirst recently fetched £12,655 at auction, that's nothing compared to a copy of Action Comics #1, in which the Man of Steel makes his first appearance (at that time, Superman was simply known as 'The Man of ...

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    WNYC News

    Brooklyn 8th Grader Saves Superman

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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    When Superman is crippled by Kryptonite, sometimes he just needs the help of an 11-year old and his speech teacher.

    Brooklyn eighth grader, Hakeem Bennett, and his special education teacher, Matthew Brown, are featured in a new Superman ...

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    Studio 360

    American Icons: Superman

    Friday, July 11, 2008

    Kurt Andersen goes up, up and away with Superman and finds out why "The Man of Steel" remains as popular and elusive as ever.

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