Jenna Weiss-Berman

Episode 26: You’re the Man

Neko Case, whose musical career spans over two decades, brings the listener on a journey of the music that has shaped her, from the time she was a child listening to “Taking Care of Business” by Bachman Turner Overdrive until now, listening to “People Have the Power” by Patti Smith. Over the years she’s listened […]

Episode 22: Breathing Exercises

  This week the Organist explores sound design in two new documentaries, Irene Lusztig’s The Motherhood Archives and Matt Wolf’s Teenage. The films each use a combination of archival footage and original music to convey the cultural constructions of two very separate stages of human development–birth and adolescence.    

The Organist Episode 13: High-Heeled Boys

Annie Clark, better known by her stage name, St. Vincent, gives the listener a tour through her personal musical history. She talks about the music that raised and influenced her from age two (Ritchie Valens) through high school (Sonic Youth, Solex, Fiona Apple, Big Black). She also made a mix tape for the Organist featuring […]

Episode Seven: Against Lineage

In this month’s episode of the Organist: Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!, Hell Baby) as an unhinged Urban Outfitters security guard in a short radio drama written by Nick Jones (Orange is the New Black, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang) The story of Chris Stroffolino, ex-Silver Jews, ex-Shakespeare scholar, currently living and performing amazing music in a 1983 Ford Econoline […]

Episode Four: Richard, the Angel of Death

In this episode: James Franco performing a new original radio drama by the playwright Will Eno Jonathan Coulton on the strange (and infuriating) intersection of Sir Mix-a-Lot, U.S. copyright law, and Glee  Tao Lin on speaking very slowly Kitty and Kool A.D. rapping Tao Lin’s fiction as quickly as possible the artist Nick Cave on his […]

Episode Two: The Rhetorical Bed

Episode Two exists! David Cross describes his aura-sniffing powers Andrea Silenzi proposes a copyright-free alternative to the Birthday Song Devendra Banhart on the language of songwriting. (Listen to DB’s exclusive mixtape he made for the Organist!) Sam Lipsyte’s Old-News Summary Thomas Rogers on the origins of the gay male voice Brian McMullen’s indirectory of toll-free […]

Episode One: Little Language Machine

Welcome to Episode one of the Organist, wherein: the short-story master George Saunders talks about how riffing as a teenage benchwarmer led to the richly imagined voices of his fiction; Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman explains the tortured etymology of the word “podcast” (it’s a conflation of the words paw and broadcast — a radio […]