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"BETA" features playful and provocative profiles of the people and works changing our world through arts, pop culture, and technology. Doug Gordon hosts the program.

Doug Gordon is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This audio auteur has been doing his best to make North American public radio sound more playful, provocative, funny, and irreverent for more than two decades.

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Comedian Greg Proops talks about his hilarious album, 'French Drug Deal.' Also, comedian and musician Reggie Watts shares his memories of growing u...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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This week on BETA, hip-hop historian Nadirah Simmons highlights the game-changing ladies that made history in pop music. And one of crime fiction's...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2024
  • Length: 52:01
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Comedian Aparna Nancherla talks about her battle with impostor syndrome. Also, “Telemarketers” director Sam Lipman-Stern gives us the lowdown on th...

  • Added: Mar 26, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: “In the Know,” Episode 105. Pictured is Zach Woods as voice of Lauren Caspian. Photo courtesy of PEACOCK, Credit: Photo courtesy of PEACOCK
This week on “BETA,” actor and comedian Zach Woods on his pitch-perfect NPR parody, “In the Know.” Also, comedian Steph Tolev on being filthy and f...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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Sarah Rose Etter talks about her surreal novel, 'Ripe.' Also, visual artist Kristine Potter shares the haunting reality behind murder ballads. And ...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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Comedian Moshe Kasher talks about his lifelong odyssey of subcultures. Also, author, Sloane Crosley, on the dark aftermath of a friend’s suicide. ...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: Director Daphné Baiwir of the documentary film, 'King on Screen,' a Dark Star Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Dark Star Pictures., Credit: Director Daphné Baiwir of the documentary film, 'King on Screen,' a Dark Star Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Dark Star Pictures.
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...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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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”)....

  • Added: Feb 22, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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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 t...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2024
  • Length: 52:01
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This week on "BETA," award-winning filmmaker and TV creator Ed Zwick on his fortysomething years in Hollywood. Plus, comedian Laurie Kilmartin on h...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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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 h...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: A scene from IMMEDIATE FAMILY, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo by Joel Bernstein. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures., Credit: Photo by Joel Bernstein. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Theater critic Alexis Soloski on her gripping psychological suspense novel, “Here in the Dark.” Also, documentary producer Denny Tedesco joins us t...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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TCM’s “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller has got you covered. His new book “Noir Bar” features cocktail recipes and trivia inspired by over 50 of your fav...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 52:01
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Comedian and host Scott Aukerman joins us to talk about turning his hilarious podcast, “Comedy Bang! Bang!” into a book. Also, author Sam Wasson is...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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The innovative stand-up comedian Steven Wright talks about his debut novel, 'Harold.' And screenwriter/actor Guinevere Turner revisits her childho...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait talks about his first stand-up album in 12 years. Also, the award-winning author Megan Abbott on her thriller, "Beware t...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
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Best-selling author Shea Serrano joins us to talk about his latest project – “Primo.” Also, Dennis Lehane talks about his novel, “Small Mercies.” I...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
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Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. talks about his fascinating memoir. Christine Coulson on her novel, “One Woman Show.” It's told completely...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2023
  • Length: 52:00