Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover each act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party.
"Dramatic but not complete"
Coraline has been made into an animated feature film directed by Henry Selick, director of Tim Burton�s The Nightmare Before Christmas, with a cast including Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Dakota Fanning.
"It was amazingly creepily amazing"
Music and social change go hand in hand. We explore the secret history of protest music. Songs and social movements you might have missed - from the early days of rock and roll to the non-violent hip hop message of FM Supreme.
This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.
Stephanie Cole ("Doc Martin"), Benedict Cumberbatch and Roger Allam ("The Thick Of It") star in the complete second series of the hit sitcom about the pilots of a tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.
The original Star Trek series debuted in 1966 and has spawned five TV series spin-offs and a dozen feature films, with an upcoming one from Paramount arriving in 2016. The Fifty-Year Mission is a no-holds-barred oral history of five decades of Star Trek, told by the people who were there. Hear from the hundreds of television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and cast as they unveil the oftentimes shocking story of Star Trek's ongoing 50-year mission.
When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his life story nearly died with him. Today The Autobiography of Malcolm X — a favorite of President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas alike — stands as a milestone in America's struggle with race. The autobiography is also a Horatio Alger tale, following a man's journey from poverty to crime to militancy to wisdom. Muslims look to Malcolm as a figure of tolerance; a tea party activist claims him for the political right; Public Enemy's Chuck D tells us, "This book is like food. It ain't McDonald's — it's sit down at the table and say grace".
Get ready for a whirlwind tour of the authentic American myth of The Wizard of Oz. In this interview, Jean Houston answers the question of what it means to have a brain, a heart, and to act with courage. Using the characters of the scarecrow, tin man, lion, and Dorothy, she inspires us to follow our deep yearning so we can develop the gifts we recognize in ourselves, live our full potential, and contribute to a better world.
This was the second Lord Peter Wimsey story to be adapted for radio in the mid-seventies. Broadcast May 5 to June 16 1975, it was adapted by Chris Miller and produced by Simon Brett. The case on Agatha Dawson is closed, but Lord Peter Wimsey is not satisfied. With no clues to work on, he begins his own investigation. Then Agatha's maid is suddenly murdered.
What caused the financial mess we're in? And how do we get out of it? Two of the great economic thinkers of the 20th century had sharply contrasting views. John Maynard Keynes believed that government spending could create employment and longer-term growth. His contemporary and rival Friedrich Hayek believed that investments have to be based on real savings rather than increased public spending or artificially low interest rates. Keynes's biographer, Professor Lord Skidelsky, takes on modern-day followers of Hayek in a debate.
The classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale of pirates, buried treasure, and adventure on the bounding main! Join Jim as he tells of his experiences at sea with the legendary pirate Long John Silver as they seek Captain Flint's buried gold! A multicast, fully soundscaped audio drama presented in five episodes.
There is an energy system within each and every one of us. Our ancestors were aware of it and utilized its great power. It brings spiritual peace and a sense of Oneness with the very Universe. Dr. Malcolm Wally, Ian R. Crane and Dan Kahn are three of the leading experts in the field of this unique power we know as the Kundalini. In this interview with Frankie Ma from On The Edge, they dispel the myths and speak candidly about the techniques and benefits of utilizing this wonderful power in a balanced way.
Arthur Miller’s most famous play, Death of a Salesman, has become a key text in Western literature. This unusually powerful recording, made for radio in 1953, was directed by Elia Kazan who premiered the play. It features Thomas Mitchell and Arthur Kennedy as father and son. Willy, a travelling salesman, based in New York, relentlessly chases material success.
What do you do after founding one of the most beloved bands ever? If you're Carrie Brownstein, you become the star of Portlandia and satirize one of the most beloved cities. Also, former Saturday Night Live political writer Jim Downey explains how a sketch comedy show came to shape American political discourse. Plus, how the novelist Emma Donoghue adapted her bestselling novel, Room, into a movie – with a little help from director Lenny Abrahamson.
David Sedaris's remarkable ability to uncover the hilarious absurdity teeming just below the surface of everyday life is surpassed only by his ability to make his stories even moire hilarious when he reads them aloud. This is his first series for Radio 4, and he reads essays and diary entries from across all seven of his books.
Another thrilling adventure for Paul Temple and his wife, Steve. A gang of counterfeiters is flooding Europe with dodgy dollars and Paul Temple is called in to investigate.
Gaining telepathic abilities when his coin lands on its edge, bank clerk Hector B. Poole learns about the difference between other people's plans and fantasies.
In his latest movie, The End of the Tour, Jason Segel stretches from the goofy, lovable characters he normally plays to the role of the tragic genius David Foster Wallace. Also, the writer and director of The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Marielle Heller, explains why a relationship between a 15-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man might be empowering. And the indie rock band Yo La Tengo agrees to play a cover of your choosing.
There are so many ways the world could go wrong - electing the wrong candidate is only one of them. Charlie Brooker, creator of the hit sci-fi show Black Mirror, gets his dystopian ideas from our digital devices. Then, novelist Gary Shteyngart reads from his darkly funny book about the near-future, Super Sad True Love Story. And Janelle Monáe plays songs from the 28th century.
Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Roger Allam star in the first series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.
What's your compulsion? That thing you can't stop doing or can't live without. Whether it's nail biting or handwashing, most of us have some kind of behavior we just can't give up. But while compulsions can be a mild annoyance for some, for others, they can be marshalled as a strength, inspiring them to achieve great things. This hour, we explore the upside to compulsions. The broadcast of this episode also featured a conversation about the poem "WTF" with poet Laura Kasischke for our series the News from Poems.
This week, Studio 360 gets obsessed about fandom: a look inside the world of black cosplayers at ComicCon, Kurt visits a Japanese pop culture paradise, and an atheist proselytizes Jesus Christ Superstar.
Disgust is such a powerful emotion, and so easily evoked. A single disgusting word or image can make most anyone feel queasy, but it also turns out to be a powerful driver of human behavior, influencing everything from who you love to who you'll vote for. This hour, we're delving into the new science of revulsion.
Do scientists see the world in a different way? Not really, says Neil deGrasse Tyson, as long as you have insatiable curiosity and a passion to experiment and measure the stuff around you. We'll get a lesson in science literacy from Tyson and Hope Jahren. And legendary physicist Freeman Dyson reflects on a lifetime in science. The broadcast of this episode also featured a conversation with poet Nick Lantz for our series the News from Poems.
How a church hymn became an American anthem: the surprising and complicated story behind "Amazing Grace." Plus, a conversation with novelist Yewande Omotoso about her book, "The Woman Next Door". And Aimee Mann reveals her biggest influences and performs live in the studio.
Light has long been a powerful metaphor for holiness and truth, and rightly so. From the stars in the sky to the bulbs in our homes, light touches every facet of human life. This hour, a look at the natural, artificial, and symbolic light that colors our history – and our future.
Charles Dickens' classic tale of love, loss, and hope comes to life in an all new original musical featuring Colin Baker (Doctor Who). When the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Anthony D.P. Mann) receives ghostly visitations one fateful Christmas Eve, he is shown the error of his ways. This inspirational new adaptation is brimming with holiday warmth and music that will ensure its place as a new tradition for families.
Do you miss turntables, vinyl records, cassette tapes, landline phones? Welcome to the analog revival – a movement to roll back digital dominance. This week, how headphones and MP3s ruined music, the pleasure of listening to old 78's, and the politics of nostalgia. The broadcast of this episode also featured a conversation with poet Fady Joudah for our series the News from Poems.
Disguised as a mild-mannered reporter, Kurt Andersen explores the history of Superman with cartoonists Jules Feiffer and Art Spiegelman, director Bryan Singer, novelists Michael Chabon and Howard Jacobson, and the 1978 Lois Lane, Margot Kidder. Is this strange visitor from the planet Krypton derivative of Jewish mythology? Can one superhero wield ultimate power for a moral good? And what's up with the blue tights?
Have you ever thought about tracking down someone who bullied you when you were a child? Allen Kurzweil thought about it and actually confronted him. We'll hear his story in this hour as we explore the bullying epidemic. Also, we'll find out how the Internet has transformed bullying into a relentless, never-ending 24/7 online phenomenon – cyberbullying. And maybe it's time to find a new way to think about bullying.
In this hour, we see how poetry can show us new ways to think about place and personal identity. Poetry is a powerful tool for crafting identity —as we find in the verse of Ojibwe hip-hop artist Tall Paul. It can also help us understand the places we live —as in Carl Sandburg's Chicago poems. And Quan Barry kicks off National Poetry Month with a new series, "The News from Poems," featuring original poems by five major poets that reflect on the anxieties raised by current events.
This week, the story of Shaft. Plus, learn the lingo in a TV writers' room with Veep showrunner David Mandel. And Kurt talks to author Osama Alomar about his collection of very short fiction, The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories.
It used to be easy to get lost in a good book, but now lots of people say reading is boring. Scientists say all that skimming and surfing on electronic screens is actually rewiring our brains. So we examine the new science of reading, and meet celebrated New Yorker book critic James Wood.
Wherever you turn, it seems like someone’s angry -- on Facebook and cable news, in street marches and congressional town halls. It would seem that we’ve entered a new era of increased hostility. But how did we, as a nation, get here? Is it possible we’re addicted to outrage? This hour, we explore the advantages and perils of getting mad as hell.
This week, Kurt heads to a dog park and learns how to take the perfect pet portrait. Plus, the story behind "Share a Smile Becky," Mattel's attempt at creating a Barbie doll that used a wheelchair. And Carter Burwell, who scored the music for films by directors including Sidney Lumet and the Coen Brothers, defines the lexicon of film composers.
As the Zika virus continues to make headlines, consensus is slowly growing among scientists that it's showdown time for the mosquito. Time to marshal the technology to wipe them off the face of the earth. Which seems pretty extreme. Doesn't it? So, should we bio-engineer mosquitoes out of existence? Remember, it's not just about making picnics more pleasant… it's about Zika, malaria, dengue – human lives. Mosquitoes. Should they live, or die?
Ask any woman who spends much time online and she'll tell you – being a woman on the internet means coping with abuse and harassment. In one study, nearly half of the women surveyed had been harassed online – and 76 percent of those under 30. As a society, why do we have to put up with this? And how do we fight back?
This week, Kurt talks to comedians Kate Berlant and John Early about their absurdist new series, 555. Plus, how filmmaker Garry Fraser went from being a heroin addict in Scotland to working on T2: Trainspotting — a movie about heroin addicts in Scotland. And Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields plays live in our studio.
American companies generate a lot of wealth. But Americans aren't seeing much of it. Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff says that's because today's corporations are obsessed with one thing – growth. We'll find out why our economy's operating system is broken and how we can fix it, as we rethink work. Also, we'll explore the six-hour work day and the case for a universal basic income.