The Organist

By KCRW, Andrew Leland

The Organist podcast is a bi-weekly experimental arts-and-culture program hosted and distributed by KCRW. Edited by the award-winning monthly magazine, Believer , published in San Francisco by McSweeney's , it includes reported stories, interviews, comic radio drama, reviews, and more. The scope of the podcast reflects that of the print edition: its contributors take a thoughtful approach to pop culture, along with an irreverent attitude toward the highbrow. From philosophy to daytime TV, from poetry to martial arts, the show scrutinizes and interrogates the world with an affectionate and rigorous intelligence. Pieces from the podcast grow out of stories in the magazine, and vice versa. Weaving together the voices of its contributors, which include the brightest talents in literature and the arts, The Organist is an elegant, impressionistic, funny, and sharp cultural magazine that itself becomes an object of inquiry, discussion, and wonder. The program is hosted by Andrew Leland and produced by Andrew Leland and Ross Simonini. Subscribe to The Organist's occasional email newsletter .

  1. 1.
    The Show About the Show About the Show10 August 2017
    38:23
  2. 2.
    The Mother Road27 July 2017
    25:20
  3. 3.
    Private Ears13 July 2017
    40:09
  4. 4.
    Ravening for Delight29 June 2017
    28:51
  5. 5.
    The Voice is a Thief8 June 2017
    29:29
  6. 6.
    Appendix: Hypnotic Induction1 June 2017
    8:35
  7. 7.
    Sleeping Knowledge25 May 2017
    35:28
  8. 8.
    Episode 78: The Topiary11 May 2017
    29:10
  1. 9.
    Episode 77: The Self-Rattling House27 April 2017
    26:35
  2. 10.
    Episode 76: A Radio Wave In My Brain6 April 2017
    26:19
  3. 11.
    Episode 75: The Cool Gaze of Madame Realism23 March 2017
    30:55
  4. 12.
    Episode 74: It's Very Indian to Watch AbFab9 March 2017
    24:53
  5. 13.
    Episode 73: What We Talk about When We Talk about Two Bears High-Fiving23 February 2017
    27:56
  6. 14.
    Episode 72: Baptism of Solitude: Paul Bowles's Morocco Tapes9 February 2017
    29:03
  7. 15.
    Episode 71: Everybody Loves a Winner19 August 2016
    20:41
  8. 16.
    Episode 70: A New Career in a New Town5 August 2016
    21:01
  9. 17.
    Episode 69: The Testosterone Abyss22 July 2016
    19:36
  10. 18.
    Episode 68: The Metaphysics of Dub8 July 2016
    25:58
  11. 19.
    Episode 67: The Scientific Method of the Ramones17 June 2016
    17:19
  12. 20.
    Episode 66: Toward an Architectural Theory of Hugs3 June 2016
    24:07
  13. 21.
    Episode 65: Happy Golden Baby: A Conversation with Lil B and Steve Roggenbuck18 May 2016
    20:24
  14. 22.
    Episode 64: Christopher Owens Live29 April 2016
    34:56
  15. 23.
    Episode 63: Radio Free8 April 2016
    19:16
  16. 24.
    Episode 62: Language Is Speech: An Interview with Joshua Beckman25 March 2016
    20:50
  17. 25.
    Episode 61: The Meaning of Various News Photos to David Shields11 March 2016
    19:50
  18. 26.
    Episode 60: Listening History: Graham Lambkin26 February 2016
    27:05
  19. 27.
    Episode 59: Wish You Were Here12 February 2016
    16:20
  20. 28.
    Episode 58: The Six-Foot-Square Museum22 January 2016
    11:52
  21. 29.
    Episode 57: Growing Up Zorthian8 January 2016
    21:39
  22. 30.
    Episode 56: Pop Philosophy11 December 2015
    16:33
  23. 31.
    Episode 55: The Love Song of Frank Serpico20 November 2015
    15:20
  24. 32.
    Episode 54: Hey Jonathan6 November 2015
    9:14
  25. 33.
    Episode 53: This is Chris His23 October 2015
    23:24
  26. 34.
    Episode 52: The Firestarter9 October 2015
    19:26
  27. 35.
    Episode 51: Orson on Wonderland25 September 2015
    21:13
  28. 36.
    Episode 50: The Happiest Accidents24 March 2015
    16:15
  29. 37.
    Episode 49: The Voice Teacher10 March 2015
    23:13
  30. 38.
    Episode 48: Shook Ones, Revisited3 March 2015
    8:46
  31. 39.
    Episode 47: No More Road Trips17 February 2015
    18:01
  32. 40.
    Episode 46: The Difference Between Cowboys and Cowboy-Poets10 February 2015
    16:16
  33. 41.
    Episode 45: An Interview with Miranda July3 February 2015
    30:33
  34. 42.
    Episode 44: Contact Milk27 January 2015
    19:30
  35. 43.
    Episode 43: Aetheric Vehicle20 January 2015
    13:23
  36. 44.
    Episode 42: The Oracle13 January 2015
    20:14
  37. 45.
    Episode 41: A Funeral for Everyone I Knew6 January 2015
    14:40
  38. 46.
    Episode 40: Cosmo's Factory30 December 2014
    11:05
  39. 47.
    Episode 39: Year-End Hour-Long Best-of Freak-Out24 December 2014
    51:54
  40. 48.
    Episode 38: Play It Forward: An Interview with Greta Gerwig16 December 2014
    29:10
  41. 49.
    Episode 37: Leaving the Witness2 December 2014
    16:38
  42. 50.
    Episode 36: Aural Fixation25 November 2014
    9:51
  43. 51.
    Episode 35: The Brown Dog Chronicles18 November 2014
    17:17
  44. 52.
    Episode 34: Chimpanzees and the Sunset4 November 2014
    10:19
  45. 53.
    Episode 33: Auditory Nerves28 October 2014
    18:13
  46. 54.
    Episode 32: Stella7 October 2014
    21:13
  47. 55.
    Episode 31: Thundershirt30 September 2014
    38:27
  48. 56.
    Episode 30: Rapping Taipei16 September 2014
    15:17
  49. 57.
    Episode 29: Son of Rex9 September 2014
    9:22
  50. 58.
    Episode 28: What We Hear When We Read26 August 2014
    13:01
  51. 59.
    Episode 27: The Drywall19 August 2014
    14:36
  52. 60.
    Episode 26: You're the Man12 August 2014
    13:44
  53. 61.
    Episode 25: The Last Man on the Street29 July 2014
    19:46
  54. 62.
    Episode 24: An Interview with George Saunders22 July 2014
    17:49
  55. 63.
    Episode 23: The Glottal Break15 July 2014
    10:45
  56. 64.
    Episode 22: Breathing Exercises1 July 2014
    24:47
  57. 65.
    Episode 21: The Piano Van17 June 2014
    18:18
  58. 66.
    Episode 19: Composing the Tinnitus Suites3 June 2014
    11:34
  59. 67.
    Episode 18: A Mind Forever Voyaging27 May 2014
    19:41
  60. 68.
    Episode 17: Barely Not Shaking20 May 2014
    17:55
  61. 69.
    Episode 16: The Horse Counselor13 May 2014
    13:25
  62. 70.
    Episode 15: The Frank Story6 May 2014
    21:27
  63. 71.
    Episode 14: The Birthday Song29 April 2014
    15:24
  64. 72.
    Episode 13: High-Heeled Boys22 April 2014
    16:04
  65. 73.
    Episode 12: Worm People15 April 2014
    23:39
  66. 74.
    Episode 11: Another Planet8 April 2014
    33:07
  67. 75.
    Episode 10: Thundershirt7 January 2014
    40:01
  68. 76.
    Episode 9: The Sonic Barber's Pole13 December 2013
    46:48
  69. 77.
    Episode 8: Kittens in a Basket7 October 2013
    54:52
  70. 78.
    Episode 7: Against Lineage9 September 2013
    42:30
  71. 79.
    Episode 6: The Pyramid Club5 August 2013
    48:34
  72. 80.
    Episode 5: Tempest Storm and Andy Kaufman5 July 2013
    46:05
  73. 81.
    Episode 4: Richard, the Angel of Death3 May 2013
    57:13
  74. 82.
    Episode 3: Tween Anxiety9 April 2013
    56:43
  75. 83.
    Episode 2: The Rhetorical Bed7 March 2013
    55:55
  76. 84.
    Episode 11 February 2013
    1:01:36

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