Kurt Anderson

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The Waste Land 2.0

April may be the cruelest month, but June has been good for T.S. Eliot's landmark poem, The Waste Land. Eighty-nine years after it was published, the poem became a runaway hit in the form of a new iPad application that's selling like gangbusters.

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Studio 360 Redesign: Gay Flag

The rainbow flag has been a symbol of pride, and controversy, since it was designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978.We asked our listeners if another kind of image might better represent the gay community in the 21st century.

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Rudresh Mahanthappa Finds His Roots

When jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa was still a student at Berklee College of Music, his older brother gave him an album called Saxophone Indian Style – as a joke. Mahanthappa had been suspicious of American jazz's sampling of Indian music.

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Any Last Words?

Last week novelist Timothy Schaffert spoke with Kurt Andersen about his new novel, The Coffins of Little Hope. Inspired, we asked you to provide the first sentence to your own obituary.


Microbial Videogames

Ingmar Riedel-Kruse runs a biophysics lab at Stanford University, but he spends about half his time tinkering with videogames. He's not playing World of Warcraft. Riedel-Kruse creates his own videogames using living microbes.


Apple's Newest Update

Last week, Apple's Steve Jobs made a design presentation – not to masses of swooning tech journalists, but to the Cupertino, California city council. What Jobs unveiled this time was Apple's future corporate headquarters.