Was Bartleby the Scrivener depressed? Today's English lit students seem to want to medicate away the problems of classic literary characters. Studio 360 explores this phenomenon with help from NYU professor Elayne Tobin and novelist Michael Cunningham.
If you haven't played a video game since Ms. Pac-Man, you probably have some catching up to do. Kurt has this quick guided tour of the state of the art.
Special Guest: Clive Thompson
Clive Thompson was ten years old when Pong was unleashed in "rec rooms" across America, and he has been a passionate gamer ever since. Thompson writes about technology and culture, and contributes regularly to Wired and New York Magazine.
Back in the 1930s, as part of the Federal Art Project, the government paid artists to make thousands of paintings, from famous murals to little landscapes. It wasn't possible to keep track of it all, and some ended up in private hands. Once in a while, a canvas turns up, and when it does, the Feds sometimes take an interest. Produced by Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler.
You put your coins in, they disappear forever ... and somehow you don't mind. We sent Hammad Ahmed to Atlantic City to find out what makes a slot machine spin.
Steve Earle's wife and musical collaborator, Allison Moorer, joins Earle on this love song to their new hometown.
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