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

BETA

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 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 414: Elvira, Folk Horror, "Shaun of the Dead"

Episode 414: Elvira, Folk Horror, "Shaun of the Dead"

Cassandra Peterson shows us the woman behind the Queen of Halloween, Elvira! Also, documentary filmmaker Kier-La Janisse on the history of folk horror. And, find out what makes horror-comedy "Shaun of the Dead" a cult classic!

Episode 414: Elvira, Folk Horror, "Shaun of the Dead"

Episode 413: S.A. Cosby, Tananarive Due, Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles

Episode 413: S.A. Cosby, Tananarive Due, Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles

Shawn Cosby talks about his provocative and propulsive crime novel, "Razorblade Tears." Also, author Tananarive Due revisits her debut horror novel, "The Between." And we explore the work of filmmakers Gordon Parks and Melvin Van Peebles.

Episode 413: S.A. Cosby, Tananarive Due, Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles

Episode 412: T.C. Boyle, Joy Harjo, John Lurie

Episode 412: T.C. Boyle, Joy Harjo, John Lurie

Author T.C. Boyle gives voice to the chimps in his novel, "Talk to Me." Also, U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo joins us to shed a light on her process. And the co-founder of the Lounge Lizards, John Lurie, tells us how he did things his way in downtown New York during the 1980s.

Episode 412: T.C. Boyle, Joy Harjo, John Lurie

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

Episode 406: Edgar Wright, Lauren Hough, Jason Schreier

Episode 406: Edgar Wright, Lauren Hough, Jason Schreier

Director Edgar Wright on his delightful documentary, "The Sparks Brothers." Also, writer Lauren Hough reflects on her various identities including her youth in the Children of God cult. And journalist Jason Schreier exposes the volatility of the video game industry.

Episode 406: Edgar Wright, Lauren Hough, Jason Schreier

Episode 405: Andrew McCarthy, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Tori Telfer

Episode 405: Andrew McCarthy, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Tori Telfer

Actor Andrew McCarthy on being a member of the "Brat Pack." Also, Zakiya Dalila Harris talks about her captivating debut novel, "The Other Black Girl." And author Tori Telfer gives us the lowdown on con women.

Episode 405: Andrew McCarthy, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Tori Telfer