BETA BETA features playful and provocative profiles of the people changing our world through arts, culture and technology. It's hosted by Doug Gordon
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From Wisconsin Public Radio

BETA features playful and provocative profiles of the people changing our world through arts, culture and technology. It's hosted by Doug Gordon

Most Recent Episodes

Episode 614: Gary Gulman, Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch,' Why Tammy Wynette Matters

Comedian Gary Gulman on what it was like growing up awkward in the '80s. TV and movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz takes us behind the scenes of Wes Anderson's 2021 film, "The French Dispatch." And artist Steacy Easton makes the case for why country singer Tammy Wynette matters.

Episode 614: Gary Gulman, Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch,' Why Tammy Wynette Matters

Episode 613: Greg Proops, Reggie Watts, Myriam Gurba

Comedian Greg Proops talks about his hilarious album, 'French Drug Deal.' Also, comedian and musician Reggie Watts shares his memories of growing up in his memoir, 'Great Falls, Montana.' And Myriam Gurba on her thrilling, no-holds-barred essay collection, 'Creep.'

Episode 613: Greg Proops, Reggie Watts, Myriam Gurba

Episode 612: Aparna Nancherla, 'Telemarketers,' 'Sucker'

Comedian Aparna Nancherla talks about her battle with impostor syndrome. Also, "Telemarketers" director Sam Lipman-Stern gives us the lowdown on the shady side of the business. And Daniel Hornsby on his scathing Silicon Valley novel, 'Sucker.'

Episode 612: Aparna Nancherla, 'Telemarketers,' 'Sucker'

Episode 624: Zach Woods, Steph Tolev, Scott Guild

Episode 624: Zach Woods, Steph Tolev, Scott Guild

This week on "BETA," actor and comedian Zach Woods on his pitch-perfect NPR parody, "In the Know." Also, comedian Steph Tolev on being filthy and funny. And Scott Guild on his multimedia novel, "Plastic."

Episode 624: Zach Woods, Steph Tolev, Scott Guild

Episode 611: Sarah Rose Etter, murder ballads, Walter on Walter: '48 Hrs'

Sarah Rose Etter talks about her surreal novel, 'Ripe.' Also, visual artist Kristine Potter shares the haunting reality behind murder ballads. And film critic Walter Chaw returns for another installment of 'Walter on Walter.' Today, he talks about Walter Hill's film, '48 Hours.'

Episode 611: Sarah Rose Etter, murder ballads, Walter on Walter: '48 Hrs'

Episode 623: Moshe Kasher, Sloane Crosley, Tommy Orange

This week on "BETA," Comedian Moshe Kasher on being a "Subculture Vulture." Also, Sloane Crosley explores love, loss and grief. And "There There" author Tommy Orange on his long-awaited followup, "Wandering Stars."

Episode 623: Moshe Kasher, Sloane Crosley, Tommy Orange

Episode 610: Greg Marshall, Ben Purkert, 'King on Screen'

Greg Marshall talks about his memoir, 'Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew From It.' Also, novelist Ben Purkert asks the question, 'What do our jobs do to our souls?' And we look at Stephen King films with 'King on Screen' director, Daphné Baiwir.

Episode 610: Greg Marshall, Ben Purkert, 'King on Screen'

Episode 622: Billy Dee Williams, M.D. Dunn on Bruce Cockburn, Ed Park

Legendary actor Billy Dee Williams talks about his lifetime in the arts and his landmark roles (including his famous turn as Lando in "Star Wars"). Also, author M.D. Dunn on the life and career of Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn. And Ed Park talks about his mind-bending novel, "Same Bed Different Dreams."

Episode 622: Billy Dee Williams, M.D. Dunn on Bruce Cockburn, Ed Park

Episode 609: Mike Mills, Ernie Kovacs, Steely Dan

Mike Mills of R.E.M. takes us out to the ball game with his concept supergroup, The Baseball Project. Also, Josh Mills shares the story of one of the most innovative television comedians ever – the one and only Ernie Kovacs. And Alex Pappademas takes us inside the brilliant minds of Steely Dan.

Episode 609: Mike Mills, Ernie Kovacs, Steely Dan

Episode 420: 'Station Eleven,' Noah Hawley, 'Harold and Maude'

Episode 420: 'Station Eleven,' Noah Hawley, 'Harold and Maude'

Showrunner Patrick Somerville on the HBO pandemic saga, 'Station Eleven.' Also, 'Fargo' creator Noah Hawley on his novel, 'Anthem.' And author Heidi Greco on the staying power of the movie, 'Harold and Maude.'

Episode 420: 'Station Eleven,' Noah Hawley, 'Harold and Maude'