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Episodes

  • Episode 29: Son of Rex

    Sep 9, 2014 | 10 min
    An original radio drama by TV writer and novelist Nick Antosca and performed by the legendary actor and writer Edgar Oliver.
  • Episode 28: What We Hear When We Read

    Aug 26, 2014 | 14 min
    A discussion of the aural side of reading with book designer Peter Mendelsund, including excerpts from classic readings by James Joyce and others. CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE
  • Episode 27: The Drywall

    Aug 19, 2014 | 15 min
    We?re thrilled to unearth a classic story by legendary radio producer Scott Carrier, which hasn?t been heard since it originally aired on All Things Considered in 1993.
  • Episode 26: You're the Man

    Aug 12, 2014 | 14 min
    Neko Case, whose musical career spans over two decades, takes us on a personal musical history tour. She tells us about the music she grew up listening to, and the musicians who helped shape her sound. CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.
  • Episode 25: The Last Man on the Street

    Jul 28, 2014 | 20 min
    We take to the streets with Mal Sharpe, a man who was among the first wave of fake newsmen, paving the way from everyone from Borat to Colbert.
  • Episode 24: An Interview with George Saunders

    Jul 22, 2014 | 18 min
    Short story writer George Saunders discusses the use and origin of voices in the reading of his work. CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.
  • Episode 23: The Glottal Break

    Jul 15, 2014 | 11 min
    An interview with composer and singer Meredith Monk, with clips of music from her entire career.
  • Episode 22: Breathing Exercises/Technology in Progress/We'll Soon Give You Some Relief

    Jul 1, 2014 | 26 min
    This week the Organist explores sound design in two new documentaries, Irene Lusztig's The Motherhood Archives and Matt Wolf's Teenage.
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    Jun 16, 2014 | 19 min
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    Jun 9, 2014 | 15 min
  • Episode 19: Composing the Tinnitus Suites

    Jun 3, 2014 | 12 min
    What happens if you're a composer and the ringing in your ears after a concert never goes away?
  • Episode 18: A Mind Forever Voyaging

    May 27, 2014 | 20 min
    Mike Mills' new film (available through July 1 only to our listeners!) asks the kids of Silicon Valley workers: what does the future look like?
  • Episode 17: Barely Not Shaking

    May 20, 2014 | 19 min
    James Franco performs an untitled radio play by Will Eno, and Harmony Korine discusses his playful and obnoxious experiments in music. CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.
  • Episode 16: The Horse Counselor

    May 13, 2014 | 14 min
    Masterful comedic actors David Wain and Rachel Dratch perform an original radio play about a woman and her therapist... who also happens to be a horse.
  • Episode 15: The Frank Story

    May 6, 2014 | 22 min
    The real-life story of Jon Ronson's new film, "Frank," which stars Michael Fassbender as an experimental musician who never removes his giant papier-mache head.
  • Episode 14: The Birthday Song

    Apr 29, 2014 | 16 min
    The odd history of how the sweet, simple, omnipresent "Birthday Song" became a highly contested ? and lucrative ? piece of intellectual property.
  • Episode 13: High-Heeled Boys

    Apr 22, 2014 | 17 min
    Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, takes us on a musical history tour, including music that influenced her from age two through high school. LANGUAGE ADVISORY
  • Episode 12: Worm People

    Apr 15, 2014 | 24 min
    Portlandia creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein debut "Apologies," a new radio play, performed by Tig Notaro and Kevin Corrigan.
  • Another Planet

    Apr 8, 2014 | 34 min
    The true story of Clyde Casey, a street performer who used surrealism and abstract art to fight crime in Los Angeles' Skid Row in the 1980's before he relocated to Another Planet.
  • Episode 10: Thundershirt

    Jan 7, 2014 | 41 min
    A conversation between Lena Dunham and Judy Blume, in Blume's Manhattan apartment.
  • Episode 9: The Sonic Barber's Pole

    Dec 13, 2013 | 47 min
    Featuring a preview of our upcoming conversation between Lena Dunham and Judy Blume; Canadian medical marijuana from the 1970s; aural illusions; and much more!
  • Episode 8: Kittens in a Basket

    Oct 7, 2013 | 56 min
    Jesse Eisenberg, Mike Kelley, Catherine Keener, Alexis Georgopoulos, Ben Greenman and more.
  • Episode Seven: Against Lineage

    Sep 9, 2013 | 43 min
    Thomas Lennon, Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill, Chris Stroffolino.
  • Episode 6: The Pyramid Club

    Aug 5, 2013 | 49 min
    This month, Hua Hsu, Sam McPheeters, Dawn of Midi and more.
  • Episode 5: Tempest Storm and Andy Kaufman

    Jul 9, 2013 | 47 min
    Jack White talks to the world's oldest burlesque dancer, plus new recordings from Andy Kaufman.
  • Episode 4: Richard, the Angel of Death

    May 3, 2013 | 58 min
    James Franco performs a new radio drama from Will Eno, plus Nick Cave's soundsuits and a rap battle.
  • Episode 3: Tween Anxiety

    Apr 9, 2013 | 57 min
    Conan O'Brien talks to Jack White, Sarah Silverman on her pet owl, 'The Blob' and more.
  • Episode 2: The Rhetorical Bed

    Mar 6, 2013 | 56 min
    David Cross, a copyright-free Birthday Song, Sam Lipsyte and more.
  • Episode 1

    Feb 2, 2013 | 62 min
    The debut episode of The Organist features George Saunders, Nick Offerman, five-word record reviews, and more.