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 514: Jena Friedman, The History of Cheap Trick, "Blazing Saddles"

Episode 514: Jena Friedman, The History of Cheap Trick, "Blazing Saddles"

Comedian Jena Friedman on her Peacock comedy special, "Ladykiller." Also, author Brian J. Kramp on the history of the legendary Midwest band Cheap Trick. And Milwaukee's Patrick McGilligan on Mel Brooks' Western satire, "Blazing Saddles."

Episode 514: Jena Friedman, The History of Cheap Trick, "Blazing Saddles"

Episode 513: George Saunders, Kevin Nealon, "GoldenEye 007"

Episode 513: George Saunders, Kevin Nealon, "GoldenEye 007"

Short story master George Saunders talks about his latest collection, "Liberation Day." Comedian Kevin Nealon on creating caricatures. And Alyse Knorr tells us about the lasting legacy of the N64 classic "GoldenEye 007"

Episode 513: George Saunders, Kevin Nealon, "GoldenEye 007"

Episode 512: Penn Jillette, Ling Ma, SST Records

Episode 512: Penn Jillette, Ling Ma, SST Records

Magician Penn Jillette talks about his novel, "Random." It's about a young man who uses his lucky dice to make his life decisions. Also, novelist Ling Ma on her debut collection of short stories, "Bliss Montage." And music journalist Jim Ruland tells us how the indie label SST Records paved the way for punk rock.

Episode 512: Penn Jillette, Ling Ma, SST Records

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'

Episode 416: Stevie Van Zandt, John Prine, Guillermo del Toro

Episode 416: Stevie Van Zandt, John Prine, Guillermo del Toro

The legendary rocker Stevie Van Zandt talks about making music with Bruce Springsteen and acting on "The Sopranos." Also, music journalist Erin Osmon on the great folk singer/songwriter John Prine. And film critic Ian Nathan on the visionary director, Guillermo del Toro.

Episode 416: Stevie Van Zandt, John Prine, Guillermo del Toro

Episode 415: Shea Serrano, Anthony Bourdain, Alix Ohlin

Episode 415: Shea Serrano, Anthony Bourdain, Alix Ohlin

The one and only Shea Serrano talks about hip-hop...and other things. Also, writer and editor Laurie Woolever gives us an up-close and personal look at the life and career of Anthony Bourdain. And author Alix Ohlin on her latest short-story collection.

Episode 415: Shea Serrano, Anthony Bourdain, Alix Ohlin

Episode 411: Ishmael Reed, Megan Abbott, Kristen Radtke

Episode 411: Ishmael Reed, Megan Abbott, Kristen Radtke

Renaissance man Ishmael Reed reflects on his prolific career. Also, crime maestro Megan Abbott gets to the "pointe" about her novel, "The Turnout," which is set in the competitive world of ballet. And author/artist Kristen Radtke on the deep impacts of loneliness in America.

Episode 411: Ishmael Reed, Megan Abbott, Kristen Radtke