The Brooklyn-based comedian Eugene Mirman is the stand-up king of hipsterville. He was a regular on the HBO series Flight of the Concords and now appears on Adult Swim’s Delocated — and you can see him on YouTube inventing slogans to promote Canada. Next, Merrill Garbus is the performer and multi-instrumentalist behind tUnE-yArDs — a music project that blends African-inspired rhythms and vocals with electric bass and saxophone. But she only discovered music after a failed career as a puppeteer. She tells Kurt Andersen she found musical inspiration as a student living in Africa; her mother’s ukelele, purchased at an Army-Navy store, helped her to take the plunge. Then, we asked our studio audience to tell us about their dream jobs. Eugene Mirman reads some of the responses, from ´´astronaut” to ´´artisan glass blower.” And finally, one classic reinvention fantasy goes like this: you leave a square, respectable job and write a best-selling book. Elizabeth Wurtzel did just that — but in reverse. She was in her twenties when Prozac Nation made her famous overnight. She became a rock critic and wrote a memoir about her addictions. Then she did the not-obvious thing and went to law school. Wurtzel explains to Kurt Andersen why intellectual property law is where’s it’s at. [Broadcast Date: Feburary 11, 2012] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120211/rt_stud_120211_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week, Studio 360 is live in WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, for a special episode about the art of reinvention. The comedian Eugene Mirman finds a new career as a consumer advocate (cable company, beware). Elizabeth Wurtzel (Prozac Nation) goes from bad-girl memoirist to corporate lawyer. And Merrill Garbus transforms herself and indie-rock with the music project tUnE-yArDs — she performs live. [Broadcast Date: June 4, 2011] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/110604/rt_stud_110604_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Inspired nonsense and pointless revelry, it´s time for another helping of the antidote to panel games, I´m Sorry I Haven´t a Clue. In this ninth collection, the gang returns for further moments of mayhem, puns, and one-liners; not forgetting a healthy dose of innuendo and double entendre. Regulars Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, and Graeme Garden, and special guests Jack Dee, Jeremy Hardy, and Tony Hawks, are given silly things to do by chairman Humphrey Lyttelton. So join Humph and company in these perennial favorites: New Definitions, Swanee Kazoo, One Song to the Tune of Another, Sound Charades, and last, but certainly not least, Mornington Crescent. Other exciting rounds include Just a Minim, Swankers, In Their Own Words, and 84 Chicken Cross Road. With the lovely Samantha bringing up the rear with her laser display board, this compliation is especially for you, Mrs. Trellis of North Wales. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/000819/rt_bbcw_000819_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Lenny Henry, Griff Rhys Jones and Dawn French, with host Clive Anderson, star in the improvisation radio show that spawned the TV phenomenon. Based on comedy suggestions from the studio audience, this is ad-libbed comedy at its best. Regulars Stephen Fry and John Sessions are joined by Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Hugh Laurie, Enn Reitel, Griff Rhys Jones, Kate Robbins, Rory Bremner and Jon Glover as they battle their way through a succession of games and romp through a world of literary styles, TV theme tunes, and film genres. Chairman Clive Anderson desperately tries to hold the whole thing together and the guests make it up as they go along in this riot of improvisation, which is often funnier than many scripted shows. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clive Anderson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005528/bk_bbcw_005528_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Political reporters on the campaign trail aren’t the only journalists racking up the frequent flyer miles right now. It’s the season of major film festivals, and people who cover movies get the better destinations. Last weekend was the festival in Telluride, Colorado; the Venice Film Festival is wrapping up; Toronto has just begun; and at the end of this month New York´s big film festival kicks off. What are all these festivals for, and to whom do they matter? Next, back in 1996, when I was just starting to think about my first novel, which I wanted to be big and funny and serious and say fresh things about modern life, a new novel appeared on my doorstep. A gigantic novel, a thousand pages in galleys, signed by the author: it was David Foster Wallace´s Infinite Jest. I plunged in and realized why so much fuss was being made. It was a dazzling, infuriating, altogether remarkable book about the sadness at the core of turn-of-the-21st-century America’s frenzied addiction to entertainment and diversion.Then, pop music´s not what it used to be. That’s what every generation of no-longer-kids says about what the kids are listening to, but fogey cliches aren’t necessarily wrong. A study just published in the Journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts tracked the mood of pop songs over five decades of Billboard charts, and it confirms that pop has changed in substantial ways. Far more of today’s hits are now in minor keys (which most of us hear as sadder or more complex) — more than half, as compared to just 15% in the 1960s.Next, even if you don’t know the song ´´How You Like Me Now?´´ by name, you’ve almost certainly heard it. The funky, gritty tune has been ubiquitous for a couple of years — in a Super Bowl car ad, in TV shows like Entourage and Community, and lately as part of the official Obama re-election campaign playlist. The band behind the song is four British guys 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120908/rt_stud_120908_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This definitive retrospective of Friends incorporates interviews, history and behind-the-scenes anecdotes to offer a critical analysis of how a sitcom about six 20-somethings changed television forever.When Friends debuted in 1994, no one expected it to become a mainstay of NBC’s ´Must See TV´ lineup, let alone a global phenomenon. In the years since, Friends has gone through many phases of cultural relevancy, from prime-time hit to ´90s novelty item to certified classic. Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe have entered the pantheon of great television characters, and millions of people around the globe continue to tune in or stream their stories every day.I’ll Be There for You is the definitive retrospective of Friends, exploring all aspects of the show, from its unlikely origins to the elusive reasons why we still watch it. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most iconic moments, analyses the ways in which Friends is occasionally problematic and examines the many trends it inspired, from the rise of coffee-shop culture to ´Friendsgivings´ to the ultimate ´90s haircut, The Rachel.Weaving incisive commentary, revelatory interviews and behind-the-scenes anecdotes involving high-profile guest stars, I’ll Be There for You is the most comprehensive take on Friends and the ultimate book for fans everywhere. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kelsey Miller, Amber Benson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/004187/bk_hcuk_004187_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Were you terrified of the Daleks? Has the familiar Doctor Who theme tune ever sent a shiver down your spine? Did Saturday teatimes once mean gathering round the television to see where the TARDIS had landed each week? If so, Doctor Who at the BBC is for you. In this special release, Elisabeth Sladen and Nicholas Courtney take a journey through the archives and uncover the history of Doctor Who on BBC radio and television. Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in the series) traces the development of this incredibly successful series, which first hit our TV screens in 1963. As well as a galaxy of classic moments from the series, he introduces some of the great and good who helped make the series a national institution, including many of the actors who´ve played the Doctors and his companions, and some of the series´ most prolific writers and producers. Meanwhile Elisabeth Sladen, the Doctor´s trusty assistant Sarah-Jane, travels back in time to discover some little-heard radio gems. There´s a 1974 location report from Dartmoor, The Ed Stewart Show broadcast live from Longleat in 1983, Radio 1´s Newsbeat on the recovery of a missing episode, and rare archive interviews with Terry Nation, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, Douglas Adams, and even the mutt-shaped K9. A wealth of comedy is also represented with clips from Hello Cheeky, Week Ending, The Skivers, and Dead Ringers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/000042/rt_bbcw_000042_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Actress Angie Dickinson and Professor Gerald Early on this edition of Fresh Air. Angie Dickinson played an undercover cop in the TV series Police Woman from 1974-78. Her film roles include Dressed to Kill, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Pretty Maids all in a Row, and Ocean´s Eleven which she made in 1960 with the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. (There´s a new remake of Ocean´s Eleven with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Don Cheadle.) Two new Rat Pack CDs have been reissued: The Rat Pack Live at the Sands, which includes their previously unreleased performance from 1963 Eee-O-11, a collection of their classic tunes from 1950s and 60s. Gerald Early is Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a former commentator for Fresh Air. Early is the editor of the new book, The Sammy Davis Jr. Reader: The Life and Times of the Last Great Hipster - from Vaudeville to Vegas - as seen Through the Eyes of His Public. The book includes writings about him by his friends, as well as profiles, reviews and interviews. Early also edited The Muhammad Ali Reader. (Broadcast Date: December 4, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/011204/rt_whyy_011204_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sherlock Holmes on trial... for murder? Can he expect a hung jury, or can he expect to be hung by the neck? Tune in and find out! 1. Language: English. Narrator: The Petaluma Radio Players. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/012127/bk_blak_012127_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.