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The Organist

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The Organist is a weekly experimental arts-and-culture program produced and distributed by KCRW. The editors of the award-winning monthly magazine the Believer, published in San Francisco by McSweeney's, produce weekly episodes of the podcast, which includes reported stories, interviews, comic radio drama, reviews, and more. The scope of the podcast reflects that of the print edition: its contributors take a thoughtful approach to pop culture, along with an irreverent attitude toward the highbrow. From philosophy to daytime TV, from poetry to martial arts, the show scrutinizes and interrogates the world with an affectionate and rigorous intelligence. Pieces from the podcast grow out of stories in the magazine, and vice versa. Weaving together the voices of its contributors, which include the brightest talents in literature and the arts, the Organist is an elegant, impressionistic, funny, and sharp cultural magazine that itself becomes an object of inquiry, discussion, and wonder.

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In houses that double as musical instruments, Solange Knowles, Will Oldham, and five-year-old children perform on sonic architecture that reflects ...

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 26:19
  • Purchases: 1
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What is the position of acne-picking in contemporary literature? Otessa Moshfegh, author of Eileen and most recently the collection Homesick for An...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 26:19
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Hermann Rorschach’s inkblot test has become ubiquitous in pop-culture as shorthand for both psychiatry and the subconscious. The first biography of...

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 28:16
  • Purchases: 1
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How can sound heal a body? With our guides, Susan Rogers—who recorded albums for Prince and David Byrne—and hypnotherapist Daniel Ryan, we explore ...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 35:28
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We explore the extremes of the human voice with essayist Elena Passarello, winner of New Orleans’ annual “Stella!” scream competition, in which par...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:30
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Tommy Pico’s first book is one long poem in the form of a text — call it an epic sext. But it doesn’t just chronicle Pico’s dalliances with "boys, ...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 49:48
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“If you’re listening to this while driving a car, obviously, leave your eyes open.” In this special appendix to our recent episode on psychoacousti...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 08:35
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Driving around Morocco in the late 1950s with counterculture icon Paul Bowles at the wheel, with a case of hot Pepsi, a brick of hash, and a massiv...

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jun 14, 2017
  • Length: 29:23
  • Purchases: 1
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In an era of fake news and alternative facts, what is the role of literature that blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction? Novelist Lynne Ti...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2017
  • Length: 30:55
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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...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 12, 2015
  • Length: 33:21
  • Purchases: 1
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Sunset Television’s first-ever foray into radio: “Who’s the Other Celebrity in the Room?” radio drama starring (fake) Manute Bol and Sly Stallone.

  • Added: Jan 27, 2014
  • Length: 05:20
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Harmony Korine on his teenage mini-cassette recordings, his first novel, and people who plot things.

  • Added: Jan 23, 2014
  • Length: 09:12
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Vernon Chatman on editing a new album of Andy Kaufman’s personal mini-cassette recordings.

  • Added: Jan 22, 2014
  • Length: 10:17
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Isis Aquarian on documenting her years living with two hundred other members of the Source Family cult in a mansion in L.A. Hosted by Andrew Leland.

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2014
  • Length: 14:34
  • Purchases: 1
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Jonathan Coulton on the strange (and infuriating) intersection of Sir Mix-a-Lot, U.S. copyright law, and Glee. Hosted by Andrew Leland. Produced by...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2014
  • Length: 10:36
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Nathan Salsburg on a treasure trove of hillbilly records from the early 20th century he found in a Louisville Dumpster. Produced by Matt Frassica.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 17, 2014
  • Length: 07:27
  • Purchases: 2
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Conan O’Brien on “Benny”, a more sophisticated, less effective Frankenstein Monster, followed by a bizarre conversation with Jack White.

  • Added: Jan 17, 2014
  • Length: 11:17
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Charlie White and Boom Bip create “Music for Sleeping Children”, an electronic project composed entirely from the anxieties of young people. Story ...

Bought by PRX Remix and WTJU


  • Added: Jan 17, 2014
  • Length: 08:31
  • Purchases: 2
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JM Tyree and Ben Walters on the relative merits of the 1958 horror-cheese classic The Blob.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 15, 2014
  • Length: 06:31
  • Purchases: 1
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Sarah Silverman discusses her virtual pet owl. Written by Alena Smith.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 15, 2014
  • Length: 03:17
  • Purchases: 1