The Organist

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The Organist is a weekly experimental arts-and-culture program produced and distributed by KCRW . The editors of the award-winning monthly magazine the Believer , published in San Francisco by McSweeney's , produce weekly episodes of the podcast, which 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.

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What sounds don’t we hear when we listen? What sounds are discarded in digital processing, whether it’s through hearing aids or mp3s? This week we ...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2018
  • Length: 31:51
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Stevie Wonder’s entire life, according to conspiracy theorists, is a lie. He’s been able to see all along. But what does that have to do with the i...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2018
  • Length: 34:17
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Stevie Wonder’s entire life, according to conspiracy theorists, is a lie. He’s been able to see all along. But what does that have to do with the i...

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  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 32:04
  • Purchases: 1
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In his audio diaries recorded while driving cross-country, artist David Wojnarowicz tries to describe how he feels after being diagnosed with AIDS....

  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 47:04
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Will spoken language become obsolete? What if, in the future, a simple conversation between two adults becomes a rarity, like an obscure musical pi...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2018
  • Length: 37:39
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The national news media is mesmerized by a president who runs the White House like a reality show. Jen Rice takes a look at the weird relationship ...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2018
  • Length: 57:42
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This episode, two stories from the U.S. borders. The first, from Javier Zamora, who crossed into the U.S. without his parents when he was nine year...

  • Added: Aug 13, 2018
  • Length: 36:40
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Actor and writer Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), director Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World), and voice-over master Peter Coyote (Ken Burn...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2018
  • Length: 01:02:18
Caption: Aleksandra Mir, "Keep Abortion Legal,"  June-July 2017 View of installation at I-70 West mile 101,  near Boonville, Credit: Matt Rahner for the I-70 Sign Show
If you drive along I-70 through Missouri, you’ll see site-specific contemporary art displayed on the billboards. What happens when that artwork say...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2018
  • Length: 24:28
  • Purchases: 1
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Four comedians trained in poetry and psy-ops, Firesign Theatre created dense, album-length art-objects that could take multiple spins to understand...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 26:37
  • Purchases: 4