Inventing America - Postscript

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Cruising Paradise19980601
Cruising Paradise19980601
Cruising Paradise19980603

In the third of five readings from his work, recorded at Battersea Arts Centre, dramatist and actor Sam Shepard draws on his career as a film actor for material that is both farcical and tragic.

In selections from `Cruising Paradise' and `Motel Chronicles', he reflects on whether the movies are more meaningful than life - or devoid of meaning altogether.

Cruising Paradise19980603

In the third of five readings from his work, recorded at Battersea Arts Centre, dramatist and actor Sam Shepard draws on his career as a film actor for material that is both farcical and tragic.

In selections from `Cruising Paradise' and `Motel Chronicles', he reflects on whether the movies are more meaningful than life - or devoid of meaning altogether.

Motel Chronicles19980602
Motel Chronicles19980602
Motel Chronicles19980604

In the fourth of five programmes, recorded at Battersea Arts Centre, dramatist and actor Sam Shepard reads from work that reflects his preoccupation with the sound of language, including selections from `Motel Chronicles' and a scene from his play `The Tooth of Crime'.

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Motel Chronicles19980604

In the fourth of five programmes, recorded at Battersea Arts Centre, dramatist and actor Sam Shepard reads from work that reflects his preoccupation with the sound of language, including selections from `Motel Chronicles' and a scene from his play `The Tooth of Crime'.

invented.

State Of Shock19980605

In the last of five programmes, recorded at Battersea Arts Centre, dramatist and actor Sam Shepard reads from his work, including a scene from his play `State of Shock' that offers a jaundiced salute to America's heroes.

State Of Shock19980605

In the last of five programmes, recorded at Battersea Arts Centre, dramatist and actor Sam Shepard reads from his work, including a scene from his play `State of Shock' that offers a jaundiced salute to America's heroes.

198B01All That Trouble Just To Get To Brooklyn?19980608

The first of five programmes this week examining the history, culture and inhabitants of the dynamic NEW YORK borough that was once a city in its own right and has played a major part in inventing America.

1: `All That Trouble Just to Get to Brooklyn?'.

Tim Marlow journeys across one of America's greatest landmarks and symbols - the Brooklyn Bridge.

He learns of the epic struggle to realise the bridge and examines the work of poets and artists who have been inspired by it, from Hart Crane to Georgia O'Keefe.

198B01All That Trouble Just To Get To Brooklyn?19980608

The first of five programmes this week examining the history, culture and inhabitants of the dynamic NEW YORK borough that was once a city in its own right and has played a major part in inventing America.

1: `All That Trouble Just to Get to Brooklyn?'.

Tim Marlow journeys across one of America's greatest landmarks and symbols - the Brooklyn Bridge.

He learns of the epic struggle to realise the bridge and examines the work of poets and artists who have been inspired by it, from Hart Crane to Georgia O'Keefe.

198B01Meta-manhattan19980629

Five programmes this week in which Ian Peacock attempts to understand America through its self-image on radio and television.

Is it a country, an ideology or just a chaos of cultures? 1: `Meta-Manhattan'.

NEW YORK as seen on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network - four channels run entirely by local residents.

Presenters include elderly opera fanatics, transsexuals, alleged neo-Nazis, Harlem bodybuilders and the mysterious Ozaro, who simply stares at the camera for half an hour.

Here, free speech rules, and Woody Allen is nowhere in sight.

198B01Meta-manhattan19980629

Five programmes this week in which Ian Peacock attempts to understand America through its self-image on radio and television.

Is it a country, an ideology or just a chaos of cultures? 1: `Meta-Manhattan'.

NEW YORK as seen on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network - four channels run entirely by local residents.

Presenters include elderly opera fanatics, transsexuals, alleged neo-Nazis, Harlem bodybuilders and the mysterious Ozaro, who simply stares at the camera for half an hour.

Here, free speech rules, and Woody Allen is nowhere in sight.

198B01The Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway19980622

1: The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.

Determined to show that he's not a coward, Francis Macomber goes on a big game hunt.

Reader Ed Bishop.

Abridged by John Hartley

198B01The Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway19980622

1: The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.

Determined to show that he's not a coward, Francis Macomber goes on a big game hunt.

Reader Ed Bishop.

Abridged by John Hartley.

198B02The Great Mistake Of 98?19980609

Five programmes this week examining the history, culture and inhabitants of the dynamic NEW YORK borough that was once a city in its own right and has played a major part in inventing America.

2: `The Great Mistake of 98?'.

One hundred years ago, Brooklyn lost its municipal status and became part of NEW YORK City.

Tim Marlow examines what was gained and lost and considers the legendary `Brooklyn pride' that has made Brooklynites strive to maintain their own sense of cultural identity.

Stopping-off points range from the elegant Brooklyn Heights - which produced Walt Whitman - to the legendary Gleason's gym.

198B02The Great Mistake Of 98?19980609

Five programmes this week examining the history, culture and inhabitants of the dynamic NEW YORK borough that was once a city in its own right and has played a major part in inventing America.

2: `The Great Mistake of 98?'.

One hundred years ago, Brooklyn lost its municipal status and became part of NEW YORK City.

Tim Marlow examines what was gained and lost and considers the legendary `Brooklyn pride' that has made Brooklynites strive to maintain their own sense of cultural identity.

Stopping-off points range from the elegant Brooklyn Heights - which produced Walt Whitman - to the legendary Gleason's gym.

198B02The Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway19980623

2: The Capital of the World.

Paco is a waiter who longs to be a bullfighter, so he builds a practice bull with two carving knives and a chair...

Reader Kerry Shale.

Abridged by John Hartley

198B02The Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway19980623

2: The Capital of the World.

Paco is a waiter who longs to be a bullfighter, so he builds a practice bull with two carving knives and a chair...

Reader Kerry Shale.

Abridged by John Hartley.

198B02Whole Lotta Mozart19980630

Ian Peacock attempts to understand America through its self-image on radio and television.

Is it a country, an ideology or just a chaos of cultures? 2: `Whole Lotta Mozart'.

A profile of cult classical broadcaster Steve Post, whose melancholic style and ad-libbed news bulletins sometimes get him into trouble.

What does the US media's relationship with classical music say about American culture? Why do classical stations play so much Mozart? And why do so many classical presenters sound like airline pilots?

198B02Whole Lotta Mozart19980630

Ian Peacock attempts to understand America through its self-image on radio and television.

Is it a country, an ideology or just a chaos of cultures? 2: `Whole Lotta Mozart'.

A profile of cult classical broadcaster Steve Post, whose melancholic style and ad-libbed news bulletins sometimes get him into trouble.

What does the US media's relationship with classical music say about American culture? Why do classical stations play so much Mozart? And why do so many classical presenters sound like airline pilots?

198B03Niagara Falls19980701

Ian Peacock attempts to understand America through its self-image on radio and television.

Is it a country, an ideology or just a chaos of cultures? 3: `Niagara Falls'.

From a rainswept pier on Lake Michigan, award-winning broadcaster Ira Glass attempts to decode America on his weekly national programme.

Recently, he has covered every possible American concept, from Canadians to wackiness and the cult of Frank Sinatra.

He, of all people, must have an overview of what an American really is.

198B03Niagara Falls19980701

Ian Peacock attempts to understand America through its self-image on radio and television.

Is it a country, an ideology or just a chaos of cultures? 3: `Niagara Falls'.

From a rainswept pier on Lake Michigan, award-winning broadcaster Ira Glass attempts to decode America on his weekly national programme.

Recently, he has covered every possible American concept, from Canadians to wackiness and the cult of Frank Sinatra.

He, of all people, must have an overview of what an American really is.

198B03Planet Brooklyn19980610

Five programmes this week examining the history, culture and inhabitants of the dynamic NEW YORK borough that was once a city in its own right and has played a major part in inventing America.

3: `Planet Brooklyn'.

Wave after wave of immigrants have set up shop - and stoop - in Brooklyn.

Tim Marlow examines how different communities have left their mark on the borough, from the RUSSIAns who have turned the Brighton Beach area into `Little Odessa' to the Caribbean and African-American communities in areas like Brownsville faced with `white flight' and its attendant social pressures.

198B03Planet Brooklyn19980610

Five programmes this week examining the history, culture and inhabitants of the dynamic NEW YORK borough that was once a city in its own right and has played a major part in inventing America.

3: `Planet Brooklyn'.

Wave after wave of immigrants have set up shop - and stoop - in Brooklyn.

Tim Marlow examines how different communities have left their mark on the borough, from the RUSSIAns who have turned the Brighton Beach area into `Little Odessa' to the Caribbean and African-American communities in areas like Brownsville faced with `white flight' and its attendant social pressures.

198B03The Snows Of Kilimanjaro19980624

3: `The Snows of Kilimanjaro'.

Harry, a writer, has gone to Africa to seek inspiration.

But his truck has broken down in the middle of nowhere and his gangrene is spreading...

Reader Ron Berglas.

Abridged by John Hartley.

198B03The Snows Of Kilimanjaro19980624

3: `The Snows of Kilimanjaro'.

Harry, a writer, has gone to Africa to seek inspiration.

But his truck has broken down in the middle of nowhere and his gangrene is spreading...

Reader Ron Berglas.

Abridged by John Hartley.

198B04I Am My Kids19980702

Ian Peacock attempts to understand America through its self-image on radio and television.

Is it a country, an ideology or just a chaos of cultures? 4: `I Am My Kids' Mom'.

With this catchphrase, the fearsome Dr Laura Schlesinger introduces her no-nonsense family values phone-in from Sherman Oaks, California, advocating stern, absolutist morality.

Why is she now America's most listened-to female presenter? And what does this say about her listeners?

198B04I Am My Kids19980702

Ian Peacock attempts to understand America through its self-image on radio and television.

Is it a country, an ideology or just a chaos of cultures? 4: `I Am My Kids' Mom'.

With this catchphrase, the fearsome Dr Laura Schlesinger introduces her no-nonsense family values phone-in from Sherman Oaks, California, advocating stern, absolutist morality.

Why is she now America's most listened-to female presenter? And what does this say about her listeners?

198B04My Old Man19980625

4: `My Old Man'.

Joe's father is an American jockey working the European circuit.

He has made it to PARIS, owns a good horse and rides in his own colours.

Life is sweet.

Reader Stuart Milligan.

198B04My Old Man19980625

4: `My Old Man'.

Joe's father is an American jockey working the European circuit.

He has made it to PARIS, owns a good horse and rides in his own colours.

Life is sweet.

Reader Stuart Milligan.

198B04Take Me Out To The Ball Game19980611

Five programmes this week examining the history, culture and inhabitants of the dynamic NEW YORK borough that was once a city in its own right and has played a major part in inventing America.

4: `Take Me Out to the Ball Game'.

The Brooklyn Dodgers were more than just a baseball team - they were a Brooklyn institution.

Then, in the late 50s, the unthinkable happened - the Dodgers' owner moved the team out of Brooklyn and into Los Angeles.

Tim Marlow examines the effect this had on the borough with the help of Roger Kahn - author of the award-winning `The Boys of Summer'.

198B04Take Me Out To The Ball Game19980611

Five programmes this week examining the history, culture and inhabitants of the dynamic NEW YORK borough that was once a city in its own right and has played a major part in inventing America.

4: `Take Me Out to the Ball Game'.

The Brooklyn Dodgers were more than just a baseball team - they were a Brooklyn institution.

Then, in the late 50s, the unthinkable happened - the Dodgers' owner moved the team out of Brooklyn and into Los Angeles.

Tim Marlow examines the effect this had on the borough with the help of Roger Kahn - author of the award-winning `The Boys of Summer'.

198B05The Killers19980626

5: `The Killers'.

Al and Max are on a job.

They hold up a diner and await their victim.

Reader Kerry Shale.

198B05The Killers19980626

5: `The Killers'.

Al and Max are on a job.

They hold up a diner and await their victim.

Reader Kerry Shale.

198B05The Playground Of The Poor19980612

Five programmes this week examining the history, culture and inhabitants of the dynamic NEW YORK borough that was once a city in its own right and has played a major part in inventing America.

5: `The Playground of the Poor'.

Tim Marlow examines the life and slow death of one of Brooklyn's iconic places - Coney Island, the amusement park that launched them all.

In the company of novelist Joseph Heller, he compares Coney Island past and present, once a grand fantasy world and now reduced to a few precious, ancient rides surrounded by bleak housing projects.

198B05The Playground Of The Poor19980612

Five programmes this week examining the history, culture and inhabitants of the dynamic NEW YORK borough that was once a city in its own right and has played a major part in inventing America.

5: `The Playground of the Poor'.

Tim Marlow examines the life and slow death of one of Brooklyn's iconic places - Coney Island, the amusement park that launched them all.

In the company of novelist Joseph Heller, he compares Coney Island past and present, once a grand fantasy world and now reduced to a few precious, ancient rides surrounded by bleak housing projects.

198B05The Truman Show19980703

Ian Peacock attempts to understand America through its self-image on radio and television.

Is it a country, an ideology or just a chaos of cultures? 5: `The Truman Show'.

Jim Carrey's new film, `The Truman Show', features a man whose entire life is a 24-hour, live television show.

Is this a metaphor for America itself, which increasingly lives through the TV? This surreal programme features a Texan rancher who argues that TV violence is part of American heritage, a Californian who feels the real America has moved on to the internet, and a NEW YORK presenter who only makes TV about TV.

198B05The Truman Show19980703

Ian Peacock attempts to understand America through its self-image on radio and television.

Is it a country, an ideology or just a chaos of cultures? 5: `The Truman Show'.

Jim Carrey's new film, `The Truman Show', features a man whose entire life is a 24-hour, live television show.

Is this a metaphor for America itself, which increasingly lives through the TV? This surreal programme features a Texan rancher who argues that TV violence is part of American heritage, a Californian who feels the real America has moved on to the internet, and a NEW YORK presenter who only makes TV about TV.