American Icons: Moby-Dick
In this Peabody Award–winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of the great white whale.
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Aug. 1 marks the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth. To celebrate, we’re revisiting our Peabody Award–winning American Icons hour on his masterpiece, Moby-Dick.
Melville’s white whale survived his battle with Captain Ahab only to surface in the works of contemporary filmmakers, painters, playwrights, and musicians. 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.
Produced for PRI with executive producer/writer Julie Burstein, director Kerrie Hillman, writer Peter Clowney, consulting producer Mary Beth Kirchner, technical director Leital Molad, and writer Edward Lifson.
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