Episode 305: Off the Pedestal

Off the Pedestal

What happens when we put people on pedestals? And what happens when we take them off? Host Killeen Hanson interviews her father about his estranged father. Andrew Altschul exposes the ordinariness of rock-stars in an excerpt from his novel Lady Lazarus. Lee Konstantinou interviews Arnold Rampersad about his biography of Ralph Ellison; his question is not "What kept Ellison from publishing anything after Invisible Man?" but rather, "How did this author climb onto that pedestal in the first place?"


Host: Killeen Hanson

Producers: Killeen Hanson, Noah Burbank, Lee Konstantinou

Featuring: Brent Hanson, Andrew Altschul, Arnold Rampersad

Music: Noah Burbank

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Story 1: Dad meets Dad

Killeen Hanson interviews her father about reuniting, in a way, with his father, who had disappeared fifty years earlier. What happens when you re-find your father? How does the reality of the person compare to the one you'd always imagined?
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Story 2: Excerpt from Lady Lazarus

Andrew Altschul reads from his book, Lady Lazarus, which follows the life of Calliope, the daughter of two devastatingly famous rock musicians. In this excerpt we examine what it means to be the daughter (and wife) of a rock celebrity.

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Story 3: Invisible Man's Human-ness

We talk to Professor Arnold Rambersad, Professor of American Literature, about his latest book, entitled Ralph Ellison: A Biography. Rampersad talks about the challenging task of writing a biography about a literary legend. In the process, he discovers that perhaps knowing the author is human, just like us, makes Invisible Man a richer book to read.

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