American Culture http://publicradiotulsa.org en "I Wear the Black Hat" --- Reflections on Our Fondness for Villains, Anti-Heroes, and Other Bad Guys http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/i-wear-black-hat-reflections-our-fondness-villains-anti-heroes-and-other-bad-guys <p>On this edition of ST, we speak with the well-regarded author, essayist, and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, who has published a number of books and also writes the weekly "Ethicist" column for The New York Times Magazine. Klosterman's latest title, "I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)," is just out in paperback; it's a far-reaching, often funny, and highly entertaining exploration of why we as a society are so attracted to -- yet also, of course, repelled by -- villains both fictional and nonfictional...as well as the very notion of villainy itself. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:28:14 +0000 Rich Fisher 63817 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "I Wear the Black Hat" --- Reflections on Our Fondness for Villains, Anti-Heroes, and Other Bad Guys "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness -- The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/suspicious-minds-how-culture-shapes-madness-truman-show-delusion-and-other-strange-beliefs <p>On this edition of our show, we offer an interesting how-does-society-affect-our-mental-health discussion with Joel Gold, who, with his brother Ian, is one of the authors of "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness -- The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs." Dr. Joel Gold is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and was an attending psychiatrist in the department of psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center for nine years. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:28:59 +0000 Rich Fisher 63173 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness -- The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs" "A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World" (Encore presentation.) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/guide-creating-personal-spirituality-secular-world-encore-presentation <p>(Note: This interview originally aired earlier this year.) There's an old Lenny Bruce one-liner that goes like this: "Everyday, people are straying away from the church and going back to God." In this day and age, there must be some truth to that idea; while it's true that more and more people in this country are giving up on the religion they grew up with or else rejecting organized religion entirely, it's also true that many who have turned away from religious institutions --- as well as many others who've lived wholly without religion --- really do hunger for something more than what con Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:53:57 +0000 Rich Fisher 62073 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World" (Encore presentation.) "The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era" (Encore presentation.) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/epic-rise-and-dramatic-fall-atomic-era-encore-presentation <p>(Please note: This show first aired earlier this year.) On this edition of ST, we speak with Craig Nelson --- who's written for Vanity Fair, Salon, Popular Science, and other periodicals, and who's the bestselling author of "Rocket Men" as well as a biography of Thomas Paine --- about his newest book, which is an engrossing cultural history of the Atomic Age. "The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era" is, as was noted by Kirkus Reviews, "no impersonal 'march of science' story. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:05:21 +0000 Rich Fisher 61788 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era" (Encore presentation.) Noted Sportswriter Offers "Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/noted-sportswriter-offers-eight-world-cups-my-journey-through-beauty-and-dark-side-soccer <p>As soccer fans --- whoops, make that "football fans" --- everywhere will tell you, the fun gets underway tomorrow. Yes, it's <em>finally</em> upon us: The World Cup. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:02:37 +0000 Rich Fisher 61229 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Noted Sportswriter Offers "Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer" The Art of the Film: A Discussion of the Distinctive, Ornately Detailed Cinema of Wes Anderson http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/art-film-discussion-distinctive-ornately-detailed-cinema-wes-anderson <p>On this edition of ST, a discussion of the distinctive films of writer/director Wes Anderson, whose vivid, detailed, and meticulously crafted movies include "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," and "Moonrise Kingdom" --- as well as "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which is still in theaters nationwide. Our guest is Matt Zoller Seitz, a critic for New York magazine who has a new book out about Anderson's decidedly ornate cinematic world. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:20:43 +0000 Rich Fisher 60850 at http://publicradiotulsa.org The Art of the Film: A Discussion of the Distinctive, Ornately Detailed Cinema of Wes Anderson Remembering Danny Lewin: "The Genius Who Transformed the Internet" (Encore presentation.) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/remembering-danny-lewin-genius-who-transformed-internet-encore-presentation <p>(Note: This interview first aired earlier this year.) We speak by phone with Molly Knight Raskin, a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Psychology Today, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and elsewhere; her TV credits include two PBS documentaries. Raskin is also the author of "No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet," which The Daily Beast has hailed as "a fascinating biography, but...also a history of the Internet and those who took it from clunky dial-up service to the speed-of-light marvel. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:15:51 +0000 Person: Rich Fisher 60730 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Remembering Danny Lewin: "The Genius Who Transformed the Internet" (Encore presentation.) "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/true-american-murder-and-mercy-texas <p>Today on our program, an interesting chat with Anand Giridharadas, a columnist for The New York Times who's also the author of "India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking" (which the Financial Times called "a finely observed portrait of the modern nation"). Giridharadas joins us to talk about his new book, which is just out. Mon, 12 May 2014 21:09:28 +0000 Rich Fisher 59460 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas" The "Collected Poems" of Ron Padgett http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/collected-poems-ron-padgett <p>On this installment of ST, we are pleased to welcome Ron Padgett back to our show. This Tulsa-born, New York-based poet, translator, and editor published his "Collected Poems" last fall, and he'll be reading from that book at 7pm tonight (Tuesday the 1st) at the AHHA / Hardesty Arts Center in downtown Tulsa; this event is co-presented by Book Smart Tulsa, Louder Than A Bomb: Tulsa, and This Land Press, and it's free to the public. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:32:32 +0000 Person: Rich Fisher 57065 at http://publicradiotulsa.org The "Collected Poems" of Ron Padgett "How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness..." http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/how-juan-marichal-and-john-roseboro-turned-baseballs-ugliest-brawl-story-forgiveness <p>"Play ball!" Weather allowing, 26 of the 30 teams that comprise Major League Baseball will be taking the field today. There may have been two games last week in Australia between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, and a game last night between the Dodgers and Padres, but MLB's Opening Day for 2014 is actually today --- Monday the 31st --- and to mark the beginning of the new season, we at ST are pleased to present (as is our custom) a baseball-driven interview. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:37:21 +0000 Rich Fisher 56983 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness..."