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“BETA” comes from producer/host Doug Gordon. “BETA” is a polyphonic mosh pit where high culture and low culture collide, taking an immersive, innovative, playful and provocative approach to exploring arts, culture and technology.

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Latest Episodes

  • Episode 610: Greg Marshall, Ben Purkert, ‘King on Screen’

    Greg Marshall talks about his memoir, ‘Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew From It.’ Also, novelist Ben Purkert asks the question, ‘What do our jobs do to our souls?’ And we look at Stephen King films with ‘King on Screen’ director, Daphné Baiwir.

    Episode 610: Greg Marshall, Ben Purkert, ‘King on Screen’
  • Episode 622: Billy Dee Williams, M.D. Dunn on Bruce Cockburn, Ed Park

    Legendary actor Billy Dee Williams talks about his lifetime in the arts and his landmark roles (including his famous turn as Lando in “Star Wars”). Also, author M.D. Dunn on the life and career of Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn. And Ed Park talks about his mind-bending novel, “Same Bed Different Dreams.”

    Episode 622: Billy Dee Williams, M.D. Dunn on Bruce Cockburn, Ed Park
  • Episode 609: Mike Mills, Ernie Kovacs, Steely Dan

    Mike Mills of R.E.M. takes us out to the ball game with his concept supergroup, The Baseball Project. Also, Josh Mills shares the story of one of the most innovative television comedians ever – the one and only Ernie Kovacs. And Alex Pappademas takes us inside the brilliant minds of Steely Dan.

    Episode 609: Mike Mills, Ernie Kovacs, Steely Dan
  • Episode 621: Ed Zwick, Laurie Kilmartin, Priya Guns

    This week on “BETA,” award-winning filmmaker and TV creator Ed Zwick on his fortysomething years in Hollywood. Plus, comedian Laurie Kilmartin on her new special and actor Priya Guns on her new novel, “Your Driver is Waiting.”

    Episode 621: Ed Zwick, Laurie Kilmartin, Priya Guns
  • Episode 608: Rachel Cochran, Aisha Harris, ‘Lynch/Oz’

    Rachel Cochran talks about her Southern noir novel, “The Gulf.” Also, Aisha Harris, cohost of NPR’s ‘Pop Culture Happy Hour,’ joins us to discuss her book, ‘Wannabe.’ And director Alexandre Philippe on his documentary, ‘Lynch/Oz.’ It explores the connections between David Lynch’s films and ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

    Episode 608: Rachel Cochran, Aisha Harris, ‘Lynch/Oz’

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