On the Radio

Week of December 14, 2014

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Writing Funny

December 14, 2014

We explore the fine art of comedy writing with Simon Rich, Bob Odenkirk and Megan Amram.  And we dissect a cultural icon -- "The New Yorker" cartoon with the magazine's cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff.

  1. Spoiled Brats - Simon Rich

    Simon Rich talks about his new collection of humorous short stories, "Spoiled Brats."

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  2. Bob Odenkirk on Comedy as an Act of Truth and Destruction

    Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk talks about the differences between writing comedy and performing it, his favorite moment as a writer, and comedy as an act of destruction.

    Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
  3. Science...for Her! - Megan Amram

    Megan Amram talks about her satirical textbook, "Science...for Her!"

    Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
  4. The New Yorker Cartoons - Bob Mankoff

    Bob Mankoff, cartoonist and cartoon editor of "The New Yorker," talks about the unique properties of a "New Yorker" cartoon.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  5. Dangerous Idea: Can Too Much Christmas Drive Kids to Kill?

    Jon Ronson's Dangerous Idea -- Can Too Much Christmas Drive Kids to Kill?

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  6. What Do Your Passwords Say About You?

    Computer paswords are on on our minds this week.  "The New York Times" reporter Ian Urbina talks about his feature story, "The Secret Life of Passwords."

    Average: 5 (1 vote)

The Art of Television

December 14, 2014
(was 05.25.2014)

Television used to be formulaic. Today, it’s the best gig around. We examine the explosion of high quality TV, from The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men, and talk with the creator of HBO’s True Detective.

  1. TV Revolution - Alan Sepinwall

    From The Sopranos and Friday Night Lights to The Wire and Breaking Bad, we're living through a TV revolution.  TV critic Alan Sepinwall gives the backstory of this explosion of great shows.

    To read Alan Sepinwall's blog, click here.

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  2. True Detective - Nic Pizzolatto

    In a HBO's hit series "True Detective" is an uncanny blend of police procedural and metaphysical inquiry, set in the Louisiani bayous.  Creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto gives Steve Paulson the backstory.

    To see Pizzolatto's website, click here.

    Average: 4.4 (17 votes)
  3. "Husbands" - Brad Bell & Jane Espenson

    Is "Husbands" the future of television?  The Internet show is billed as the first marriage equality sitcom.  Creators Brad Bell and Jane Espenson explain how it fits in the long tradition of comedies fostering social change.

    Click here for Season One, Two and Three.

    Average: 4 (5 votes)
  4. Dangerous Idea: A Different Draft?

    Ralph Nader's Dangerous Idea? Drafting the children and grandchildren of elected representatives.

    Average: 4.4 (5 votes)
  5. On Our Minds: Iraq War Poetry

    Kevin Powers has spent the last decade reflecting on his experiences as a machine gunner in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.  He talks about his new poetry collection "Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting."

    Average: 5 (1 vote)