The filmmaker Alexander Payne returns to his home state for Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son on a fateful road trip. Kurt Andersen talks with them and scene-stealing co-star June Squibb. We’ll explore the newest-oldest trend in movies: black-and-white. And Ornette Coleman breaks the rules of jazz and sets a new bar for spontaneous invention.
Follow the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discover places in the land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.
It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how Oz captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how the playwright Neil LaBute, the late filmmaker Nora Ephron, the novelist Salman Rushdie, and the musician Bobby McFerrin, found magic, meaning, and inspiration in Oz.
(Originally aired: November 19, 2005)