Author Philip Roth began his writing career in 1959 with the publication of Goodbye, Columbus, a collection of stories about Jewish communities in America following World War II, which won the National Book Award for fiction. Since then, Roth has written nearly 30 novels, including American Pastoral, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1997. Most recently, he published Exit Ghost, the final novel depicting the story of Nathan Zuckerman, Roth’s so-called alter ego. In 2001, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Roth its prestigious Gold Medal for Fiction. Roth turned 75 in March, and the National Book Foundation is commemorating his birthday with a special event and an online exhibit of his literary career. We listen back to highlights of our conversations with Roth.
Presidential Race update. The PA Primary is now 11 days away. We’ll talk with TERRY MADONNA who is the director of Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College where he also directs its Poll and we speak with ANDREW SMITH the director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
Anatomy of a Twinkie. We talk with STEVE ETTLINGER author of Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
The Internet has forced musicians to rethink how they promote music, as well as how fans interact with it. Following the examples of Radiohead, Saul Williams, and other artists, Trent Reznor left his major record label to self-release Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I-IV. A week after its release, his Web site reported more than 750,000 purchases and downloads. In this interview, Reznor talks with host David Dye about his decision to set up a small studio to work on his project free of label restrictions. Ghosts‘ 36 tracks are instrumental. All the elements of Reznor’s production are present — out-of-tune pianos, razor-sharp ambience, jarring percussion — but his textures are more pronounced than ever. The discs make for great remixing material, which is exactly what Reznor has provided his fans. Each song is available as a high-quality multi-track download for those wishing to tinker; thus, the listener has an opportunity to become engaged in the music.