Highbrow, Lowbrow, or Nobrow? GUESTS: JOHN SEABROOK *Staff Writer at the New Yorker *Author, Nobrow: The Culture of Marketing, the Marketing of Culture (Forthcoming, Knopf, Feb. 2000) LAWRENCE LEVINE *Margaret Byrne Professor of History Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley *Professor of History at George Mason University It used to be that reading poetry, going to the opera, or attending art galleries meant you were part of the cultural elite. Watching television and mainstream movies, and listening to top 40 hits was considered more common, a kind of cultural slumming. In America, where equality is the ideal, people don't like to talk about class distinctions, but they love to show it. But lately, it's getting harder to distinguish one from the other as professional wrestlers become governors, Michael Graves makes high priced teapots for Target, and Metallica dabbles in symphonic music. Join Michael Krasny and guests as they take a look at the changes in culture and class: High-brow, Low-brow or No-brow?...on the Next Talk of the Nation for NPR News.