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American Icons: Moby-Dick

Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of the great white whale.

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Herman Melville’s white whale survived its battle with Captain Ahab only to surface in the works of contemporary filmmakers, painters, playwrights, and musicians. In this Peabody Award–winning show, Kurt Andersen explores the influence of this American icon with the help of Ray Bradbury, Tony Kushner, Laurie Anderson, and Frank Stella. Actor Edward Herrmann is our voice of Ishmael and Mark Price narrates David Ives’ short play Moby-Dude.

Originally aired Nov. 4, 2004.

Produced by WNYC radio for Public Radio International with executive producer/writer Julie Burstein; director Kerri Hillman; writer Peter Clowney; consulting producer Mary Beth Kirchner; technical director Leital Molad; and writer Edward Lifson.

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