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Creepers, Golliwog, Spalding

Studio 360 - January 18, 2038 - 10:14pm
Kurt Andersen talks to novelist Anne Rice about the mystery and allure of monsters across movies, art, and literature.
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American Icons: The Disney Parks

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This is America’s vision of utopia.

Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. In 1955, Disney mixed up some fairy tales, a few historical facts, and a dream of the future to create an alternate universe. Not just a place for fun, but a scale model of a perfect world. “Everything that you could imagine is there,” says one young visitor. “It's like living in a fantasy book.” And not just for kids: one-third of Walt Disney World’s visitors are adults who go without children. Visiting the parks, according to actor Tom Hanks, is like a pilgrimage — the pursuit of happiness turned into a religion.

Futurist Cory Doctorow explains the genius of Disney World, while novelist Carl Hiassen even hates the water there. Kurt tours Disneyland with a second-generation “imagineer” whose dead mother haunts the Haunted Mansion. We’ll meet a former Snow White and the man who married Prince Charming — Disney, he says, is “the gayest place on Earth. It’s where happy lives.”

(Originally aired October 18, 2013)

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Special thanks to Julia Lowrie Henderson, Shannon Geis, Alex Gallafent, Nic Sammond, Steve Watts, Angela Bliss, Todd Heiden, Shannon Swanson, Katie Cooper, Nick White, Marie Fabian, Posey Gruener, Chris DeAngelis, Jenelle Pifer, Debi Ghose, Maneesh Agrawala, and Tony DeRose.

Bonus Track: Cory Doctorow on the Disney theme parks
Hear Kurt's full conversation with Doctorow about his life-long obsession with Disney in general, and the Haunted Mansion specifically.

 

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Thailand Blocks Access To Damaging Human Rights Report

NPR News - 5 hours 55 min ago

U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said this week that six months after a coup toppled the country's elected government, the regime arrests its opponents and censors the media.

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'Queen Of Crime' PD James Was A Master Of Her Craft

NPR Arts & Culture - 6 hours 20 min ago

A remembrance of murder mystery writer PD James, who died Thursday at her home in Oxford, England.

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In A Land Of Few Christians, Pope Will Reach Out To Muslims In Turkey

NPR News - 6 hours 20 min ago

Pope Francis will meet with Turkey's Muslim leaders and the head of the Orthodox Church in what may be the most challenging trip of his young papacy.

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Beware The 'Babadook,' The Monster Of Your Own Making

NPR Arts & Culture - 6 hours 20 min ago

The monsters of repression are what terrorize a mother and her son in this independent, Australian, horror movie. "I wanted it to look more low-fi and more handmade," says director Jennifer Kent.

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The Holiday Films Are Coming, From 'Moses' To 'Annie'

NPR Arts & Culture - 6 hours 20 min ago

Bob Mondello offers a selective preview of what Hollywood has in store for the holidays. There are musicals, there are biopics, and the seas literally will part.

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11/27/2014 Marketplace

Marketplace - 6 hours 34 min ago
Oil slides ... stores gear up for Black Friday mania ... and two lucky turkeys get off scott free.
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WTO Members Approve Historic Trade Deal

NPR News - 6 hours 47 min ago

The World Trade Organization's 160 members unanimously approved a first-ever multilateral trade deal which the group believes will boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually.

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Sun, Sand And Offshore Drilling In Spain's Famed Canary Islands

NPR News - 6 hours 53 min ago

Highly reliant on oil imports, Spain's government is encouraging oil exploration off the coast of the Canary Islands. But locals say the drilling threatens the natural attractions that draw tourists.

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Indian Investigators Deny Village Girls Were Raped, Murdered

NPR News - 7 hours 51 min ago

Villagers said the two "untouchable" caste girls were gang-raped and then hanged from a tree in May, but the country's equivalent of the FBI now says there was no rape and that they hanged themselves.

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For P.D. James, A Good Mystery Celebrated Human Intelligence

Morning Edition - 10 hours 26 min ago

The British author of best-selling detective stories has died at age 94. "In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world," she told NPR.

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For P.D. James, A Good Mystery Celebrated Human Intelligence

NPR Arts & Culture - 10 hours 26 min ago

The British author of best-selling detective stories has died at age 94. "In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world," she told NPR.

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For P.D. James, A Good Mystery Celebrated Human Intelligence

NPR Arts & Culture - 10 hours 26 min ago

The British author of best-selling detective stories has died at age 94. "In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world," she told NPR.

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For P.D. James, A Good Mystery Celebrated Human Intelligence

NPR News - 10 hours 26 min ago

The British author of best-selling detective stories has died at age 94. "In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world," she told NPR.

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Attacks In The Afghan Capital Kill 5

NPR News - 11 hours 2 min ago

A suicide bomb attack on a British diplomatic vehicle killed five people, including a British national. Later, a blast and gunfire were heard in the city's diplomatic area.

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Wacky Wrestlers Of Yesteryear

NPR News - 11 hours 27 min ago

In America, there's a fine line between gimmicky wrestling and performance art.

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Oil Prices Tumble After OPEC Holds Firm On Output

NPR News - 11 hours 49 min ago

Ministers of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting in Austria could not agree to cut production in an effort to stabilize global crude prices.

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A Nationwide Outpouring Of Support For Tiny Ferguson Library

NPR News - 12 hours 36 min ago

The Ferguson Public Library has become a refuge for community during a difficult time. In response, donations to the library have reached "several orders of magnitude" higher than ever.

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Holiday Travel Snarls Look To Be Easing

NPR News - 12 hours 53 min ago

AAA says some 46 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving — the largest number since 2007.

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