|True West and American Pop with Kai Ryssdal
Marketplace Morning Report host Kai Ryssdal presents two RadioExtra programs: True West, about new ideas and current issues in the American West and what it means to live in the West today; and American Pop, a celebration of American popular culture.
August 15—True West: Listen
True West is a program in development at MPR's Marketplace Productions, to be hosted by author Sara Davidson. Davidson joins Ryssdal in the studio for an hour that features:
Cowboy musician Tom Russell singing a Western song infused with the spirit of a Morrocan proverb
Journalist Jessica Seigel's attitude adjustment after this born-and-bred New Yorker spends a week at a Wyoming dude ranch
An interview with Native American author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie about angry Indians and poetry
San Francisco through the eye of an artist/bohemian/radio producer after the dot-com bust
Tourists looking to find the Old West in contemporary Santa Fe, New Mexico
A visit to Josie's, a "nouvelle western" restaurant in Los Angeles, and a conversation with chef-owner Josie Le Balch about game that doesn't taste like your father's dead deer pulled off his pickup truck
A conversation about the role of film in shaping the image of the West
August 16—American Pop: Listen
American Pop is also in development at MPR's Marketplace Productions. This show, to be hosted by Michelle Philippe, features a lively range of interviews and produced segments including:
Pop Toppers, A short review of newsy pop-culture updates
A conversation with author, filmmaker, and provocateur Michael Moore about how he pokes powerful people in the eyes and still get his next project funded
An essay by Playboy contributor Tina King, about distractions at the movie theater
In the spirit of High Fidelity author Nick Hornby, we turn to well-known figures for their top-five favorites
Three head writers from the AV Club, the arts section of the cheeky Web site The Onion, peel away the layers of their least-favorite job requirement: going on Hollywood media junkets
An essay by writer Ayun Halliday, a contributor to Bust and Hip Mama magazines and NPR, about how to pull off a great escape with two kids in tow
Youth radio contributor Erica Soloman takes us to the place where cliques go to die, the P.C. gaming room.
Music critic Michael Azerrad gives us his picks of the must-have CDs of the summer of 2002.