The Organist

KCRW, Andrew Leland

A bi-weekly experimental arts-and-culture program from McSweeney's and KCRW.   Subscribe to The Organist’s occasional email newsletter .

26:11 | Dec 14th, 2017

Four comedians trained in poetry and psy-ops, Firesign Theatre created dense, album-length art-objects that could take multiple spins to understand. Comedy in the form of abrasive soundscapes that rev...Show More

49:21 | Oct 18th, 2017

From in utero to the studio, Clive Desmond gives us a history of the golden age of radio ads, featuring Frank Zappa, Ken Nordine, Linda Ronstadt, and Randy Newman. While the 1960s shift in print and T...Show More
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43:53 | Apr 18th, 2019

The life of a poet is rich with meaning and beauty. But the financial life of a poet is decidedly less rich. The poet Bernadette Mayer is a case study in how literary influence does not translate into...Show More

42:24 | Apr 4th, 2019

We’re constantly telling ourselves stories — who we are, where we’re going, what comes next. But what happens when the story you’re telling yourself turns out not to be true? Or, more fundamentally, w...Show More

30:39 | Mar 21st, 2019

Touring a punk act pushes the limits of physical endurance — driving all day, sweating on stage, eating badly, sleeping worse. What keeps a band going for 14 years without a major commercial success? ...Show More
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