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Studio 360: Plimpton, Ritter, Diaz

Written by: Kurt Andersen
Length: 53 mins

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Kurt Andersen talks about seeing the premiere of Tom Stoppard's play, The Real Thing, as a young man in his 20s, and seeing it again two decades later. Had the play changed, or was it Kurt?

Next, Martha Plimpton may be the hardest working woman in show business, appearing in two television series after finishing a run on Broadway and selling out a cabaret show at Lincoln Center a few months ago. She's been on stage since she was eight years old, and she shares with Kurt her thoughts on how that helped - or hindered - her growing up. Plus: Plimpton performs Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road."

Then, Josh Ritter says that his new album, So Runs the World Away, is evidence that he's not a kid anymore. Ritter performs two songs from the record and talks to Kurt about feeling grown up when he was eight years old. And Ritter explains how a New York City garbage truck helped him break through writer's block.

Finally, Junot Diaz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, but Diaz tells Kurt that many of the students he teaches at MIT don't even know that he's a writer. And he likes it that way. "If you want people just to like you," says Diaz, "there's a thousand other careers for that." [Broadcast Date: May 15, 2010]

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