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Nonfiction

Episode 137: Maziar Bahari

When Iranian interrogators accuse fashion models of being part of a cabal led by Kim Kardashian, do they believe their own loony charge? Journalist Maziar Bahari thinks they might. We talk about the effects of official propaganda, the plight of Iran’s Baha’i community, and his own imprisonment – all more amusing than you’d expect in the hands … Continue reading »

Theater

Episode 135: Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin

  “Failure is a very creative place,” asserts James Nicola, artistic director of New York Theater Workshop where singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin developed their flamboyantly successful Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Orpheus myth. But is failure really so useful, or is it just, well, failure? Rachel and Anaïs consider that … Continue reading »

Music

Episode 131: Warren Zanes

 A member of the Del Fuegos, he went on to teach at NYU, work on Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison documentary, and write a biography of Tom Petty. During our conversation at the Princeton Public Library, he asserted that creative work is often the product of a miserable childhood. A counter-example offered by the audience: Leonard Nemoy, … Continue reading »