"BETA" features playful and provocative profiles of the people changing our world through arts, culture and technology. The program is hosted by Doug Gordon and airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. on the NPR News & Classical Network and 11 a.m. on The Ideas Network.
Episode 302: Drew Magary, Mary South, and Joe Wong
Writer Drew Magary on how he finished his sci-fi novel, 'Point B,' after a traumatic brain injury. And Milwaukee native Joe Wong unveils his debut solo album, 'Nite Creatures.' Also, Mary South talks about her debut short-story collection.
Episode 301: Director Barry Sonnenfeld, 'The Office,' and Karen Carpenter
Author Andy Greene takes us inside one of TV's greatest comedies, "The Office." Also, director Barry Sonnenfeld on making his mark in Hollywood. And writer Karen Tongson explains why Karen Carpenter matters.
Episode 226: Fly By The Seat Of Vintage Pants
Prestige TV creator David Simon takes us inside his HBO mini-series, “The Plot Against America,” based on the Philip Roth novel. Also, musician Eef Barzelay talks about his career in and out of Clem Snide. And author Sam Wasson on the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema, “Chinatown.”
Episode 314: "Dazed and Confused," Eels, Jim Gray
Author Melissa Maerz takes us behind the scenes of Richard Linklater's cult film, “Dazed and Confused.” Also, Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett dishes about the band’s album, “Earth to Dora.” And the renowned sportscaster Jim Gray talks about his most memorable interviews.
Episode 313: Zola Jesus, Stanley Kubrick, Adrian Tomine
Wisconsin singer/songwriter Zola Jesus talks about finding new ways for musicians to make a living. Author David Mikics on one of the greatest filmmakers ever, Stanley Kubrick. And "New Yorker" cover artist Adrian Tomine opens up about his graphic memoir.
Episode 215: You've Selected Agent Zero
Singer/Songwriter Ben Folds reflects on creating brutal piano rock. Also, "The Ringer"'s Shea Serrano serves up some cinematic thought experiments. And Folake Olowofoyeku on how immigrating to America led to her leading role in the sitcom, "Bob Hearts Abishola."