'Tomboyland:' A Love Letter To Midwestern Strength, Complexities
Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 5:00am
Even though 2020 has been *A YEAR,* Melissa Faliveno has had some bright spots this summer. The New York City writer released her debut essay collection, "Tomboyland." It’s a critically acclaimed deep-dive into identity, zeroing in on gender and sexuality.
Comedy Writer Alan Zweibel On 40 Years Of Making People Laugh
Saturday, July 11, 2020, 11:00am
Veteran comedy writer Alan Zweibel talks about his memoir, "Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier," and what it was like to be one of the original writers on "Saturday Night Live" and the co-creator of "It's Garry Shandling's Show."
Bonny Light Horseman Make Old Folk Songs New Again
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 11:00am
Eric D. Johnson talks with Doug Gordon of "BETA" about being a member of folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman, and the joy of reinventing old folk songs for a new audience.
Author Reflects On The Legacy Of A Tribe Called Quest
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 11:00am
Author Hanif Abdurraqib explores the legacy of venerated rap group A Tribe Called Quest and his own fandom in his new book, "Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest."
'Hip-Hop Evolution' Features Rap Music's Architects And Legends
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11:00am
An award-winning emcee himself, Shad Kabango confesses to WPR’s "BETA" that he’s a bit star-struck when sitting down to interview his hip-hop idols in his new Peabody Award-winning Netflix documentary series, "Hip-Hop Evolution."
'BETA': Pilot Episode 2
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:00am
Are Americans living in a Fantasyland? Why does Florida hold the monopoly on strange news? Can you publish an album on X-ray film? And, as we get ready for jump scares, candy and scary films, what can we learn about society and race from the evolution of black horror films? It's all coming up this hour on "BETA" with host Doug Gordon.
Excerpt: From Ottessa Moshfegh's 'A Better Place'
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 8:00am
Editor's Note: Below is an excerpt from "A Better Place," a short story by Ottessa Moshfegh. The story was published as part of the collection, ""Homesick For Another World." This excerpt comes courtesy Penguin Press. I come from some other place. It’s not like a real place on Earth or something I...
Understanding The Delicate Art Of The Mixtape
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 8:40am
Sharing your favorite songs with someone through a mixtape might be a vulnerable experience, but it's no necessarily a selfless one either -- more often than not, mixtape makers want their recipients to thank them for introducing them to cool music.