KCRW's The Organist
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The Organist podcast is a weekly experimental arts-and-culture program hosted and distributed by KCRW. Edited by the award-winning monthly magazine, Believer, published in San Francisco by McSweeney's, it includes reported stories, interviews, comic radio drama, reviews, and more. The scope of the podcast reflects that of the print edition: its contributors take a thoughtful approach to pop culture, along with an irreverent attitude toward the highbrow. From philosophy to daytime TV, from poetry to martial arts, the show scrutinizes and interrogates the world with an affectionate and rigorous intelligence. Pieces from the podcast grow out of stories in the magazine, and vice versa. Weaving together the voices of its contributors, which include the brightest talents in literature and the arts, The Organist is an elegant, impressionistic, funny, and sharp cultural magazine that itself becomes an object of inquiry, discussion, and wonder. The program is hosted by Andrew Leland and produced by Andrew Leland, Ross Simonini, Jenna Weiss-Berman.
||Episode 50: The Happiest Accidents||A masterclass in the art of the interview with the late giant of the field, Studs Terkel, in which Terkel spars with Muhammad Ali, arm-wrestles Zero Mostel, and performs guerilla street theater with Saul Alinsky.||3/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 49: The Voice Teacher||Barbara Maier started giving singing lessons to Bulgarian folk singers and cantors at Hebrew Union college. Then she became the go-to singing teacher for the downtown NYC queer, performance, and rock scenes, including Debbie Harry, Diamanda Galas, Kathle||3/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 48: Shook Ones, Revisited||Hua Hsu on the secret behind an ancient unsolved mystery of 90's East Coast hip-hop and the genius of listening.||3/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 46: The Difference Between Cowboys and Cowboy-Poets||Two gems unearthed from season one, featuring Devendra Banhart and Sam Lipsyte. CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.||2/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 47: No More Road Trips||A conversation with Rick Prelinger on the power of home movies, his new film, and the unexpected value of ephemera.||2/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 45: An Interview with Miranda July||An interview with filmmaker, writer, and visual artist Miranda July.||2/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 44: Contact Milk||An exploration of the art of field recording, which summons alien-sounding compositions from the depths of seemingly benign (and quiet) ponds, bridges, and fence-posts.||1/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 43: Aetheric Vehicle||The electronic duo Matmos crack open a song from their last record, revealing ping-pong balls, handcuffs, and telepathy.||1/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 42: The Oracle||Old newspapers, Cold War Librarians, and perhaps the greatest score ever made from the free section on Craigslist.||1/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 41: A Funeral for Everyone I Knew||A new radio play by Jesse Ball, written for The Organist, starring Greta Gerwig and Whip Hubley.||1/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 40: Cosmo's Factory||Young drummer Neal Morgan dives deep with Creedence Clearwater Revival's Doug "Cosmo" Clifford on his playing on the 1970 classic "Long as I Can See the Light."||12/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 39: Year-End Hour-Long Best-of Freak-Out||A greatest-hits compilation from The Organist?s first two years, created for a special holiday broadcast on KCRW.||12/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 38: Play It Forward: An Interview with Greta Gerwig||An interview with Greta Gerwig, one of the great young actresses of the 21st century.||12/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 37: Leaving the Witness||A preacher finds freedom to think in totalitarian China.||12/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 36: Aural Fixation||An interview with one of the internet?s leading practitioners of ASMR, a bizarre, sensual, and wildly popular auditory relaxation technique.||11/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 35: The Brown Dog Chronicles||Michael K. Williams (aka Omar from The Wire) performs a short radio drama written by artist and musician Willis Earl Beal. CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.||11/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 34: Chimpanzees and the Sunset||Thomas Lennon (The State, Reno 911!, Hell Baby) performs two short monologues written by Nick Jones (Orange Is the New Black) and Blake Butler (300,000,000).||11/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 33: Auditory Nerves||Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, artist Chris Johanson, and electronic musician Gobby discuss their troubles with inner-ear damage. CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE||10/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 32: Stella||A mindbending new radio drama finds the connection between artificial intelligence and method acting.||10/7/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 31: Thundershirt||A conversation between Lena Dunham and Judy Blume, in Blume's Manhattan apartment.||9/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 30: Rapping Taipei||An interview with novelist Tao Lin on the pace of his speaking, with interjections from musicians Kool AD and Kitty and a short discussion with critic Christian Lorentzen. CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.||9/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 29: Son of Rex||An original radio drama by TV writer and novelist Nick Antosca and performed by the legendary actor and writer Edgar Oliver.||9/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 28: What We Hear When We Read||A discussion of the aural side of reading with book designer Peter Mendelsund, including excerpts from classic readings by James Joyce and others. CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE||8/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 27: The Drywall||We?re thrilled to unearth a classic story by legendary radio producer Scott Carrier, which hasn?t been heard since it originally aired on All Things Considered in 1993.||8/19/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Episode 26: You're the Man||Neko Case, whose musical career spans over two decades, takes us on a personal musical history tour. She tells us about the music she grew up listening to, and the musicians who helped shape her sound. CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.||8/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
So, so good
This podcast overwhelms me with joy and I can't wait for more episodes!
This is the first podcast that makes me understand why people like podcasts. Host Andrew Leland is one of the great Internet-radio minds of our time. I would listen to him read the back of cereal boxes. Could not recommend this highly enough.
Love the variety of stories, features and guests. Super interesting and really well produced. A bit like Radiolab. Really excited to hear more!