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Studio 360 - Episode 841 - Videogames, Porochista Khakpour - Segment 5

Porochista Khakpour The novelist was three years old in 1980, when her family fled post-revolutionary Iran. She is 29 now, and her memories are woven into her lyrical, witty debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects. Kurt talks with her about the book's loosely autobiographical portrait of a family like hers, adjusting to life in 1980s California and then post-9/11 America.

Studio 360 - Episode 840 - Sputnik, Fantasy TV, Sharon Jones - Segment 2

Get Your Kicks on Sputnik There was instant global awe for the Soviet satellite, just under 2 feet in diameter, which circled the earth every 96 minutes. It was the beginning of the space age, but it wasn't just a technological marvel: it had a lasting impact on American culture, language, and design. Richard Paul looks into why Sputnik has never really left our orbit.

Studio 360 - Episode 840 - Sputnik, Fantasy TV, Sharon Jones - Segment 3

In Orbit Over Levittown On the evening of October 4th 1957, when David Hoffman was 13 years old, his family and all their neighbors walked outside to peer up at the night sky. Now a filmmaker, he has made a documentary called Sputnik Mania that reflects on his passion for space. Produced by Pejk Malinovski and Derek John.

Studio 360 - Episode 840 - Sputnik, Fantasy TV, Sharon Jones - Segment 6

Sharon Jones Their 1960s soul sound is uncanny, but don't be fooled: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are making brand-new music. Jones, 51, held down a string of jobs (including as a corrections officer on New York's Riker's Island) waiting for her big break. Now it's here. Jones and the band join Kurt in the studio as they kick off a world tour.

Arts, Culture & Media

American Icons: Barbie

How did the Barbie doll become such a powerful symbol and ubiquitous toy? For our ongoing series on American Icons, we look at how Barbie started, how she endured, and what her future may hold.

Arts, Culture & Media

American Icons: Appalachian Spring

In 1942, Aaron Copland accepted a commission to write the score for a new dance by modernist Martha Graham. Their now-legendary ballet looks at the tension between community and individualism through the story of a bride and groom in a frontier town.