Kurt Anderson

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Studio 360 - Episode 844 - Charlie Brown & Berlin - Segment 1

You're a Complicated Man, Charlie Brown At its peak, over 350 million people around the world read "Peanuts" every day. Its creator, Charles Schulz, led a much darker life than anyone realized, and he put his troubles into the funny pages. Kurt talks with biographer David Michaelis about how America's most beloved comic strip made "depressed" a household word.

Aha Moment: Peanuts in Panama

Victoria de Puy and her daughter Geraldine read "Peanuts" in Panama City, and the comic strip taught them about the United States ?- but were there really so many leaves to rake?

Studio 360 - Episode 844 - Charlie Brown & Berlin - Segment 3

Sadiq in Berlin Just like Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Gertrude Stein holed up in postwar Paris, Berlin has become the place to be for creative internationals in the years since the Wall fell. Sadiq Bey is a poet and musician from Detroit who moved to Berlin when he was 53 years old.

Studio 360 - Episode 844 - Charlie Brown & Berlin - Segment 6

What is Stephen Harper Reading? Yann Martel is the author of the bestselling novel Life of Pi. Stephen Harper is the Prime Minister of Canada. For the last six months, Martel has been sending works of literature to Harper, one every two weeks. Kurt called Martel to ask him about it.

Studio 360 - Episode 843 - Segment 1 - Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox became a household name in the 80s with her hits as half of Eurythmics -- including ?Sweet Dreams? and ?Here Comes the Rain Again.? Her new solo album is called Songs of Mass Destruction and on its cover, Lennox rises from a battlefield, like some sort of revolutionary. Kurt asks her what inspired the record's imagery, and about the darkness that has haunted her music for years.

Studio 360 - Episode 843 - Segment 2 - Music in Space

When NASA launches the space shuttle, mission control wakes up the astronauts every morning with a song. But that's not the only music heard in outer space. The astronauts often bring instruments with them to play. We asked Richard Paul to find out what it's like to rock out in space.