BETA

Series produced by Wisconsin Public Radio

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"BETA" features playful and provocative profiles of the people and works changing our world through arts, pop culture, and technology. Doug Gordon hosts the program.

Doug Gordon is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This audio auteur has been doing his best to make North American public radio sound more playful, provocative, funny, and irreverent for more than two decades.


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41 Pieces

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Caption: Actor Billy Dee Williams., Credit: Actor Billy Dee Williams.
Legendary actor Billy Dee Williams talks about his lifetime in the arts and his landmark roles (including his famous turn as Lando in “Star Wars”)....

  • Added: Feb 22, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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Mike Mills of R.E.M. takes us out to the ball game with his concept supergroup, The Baseball Project. Also, Josh Mills shares the story of one of t...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2024
  • Length: 52:01
Caption: Photo by Bruce Smith, Credit: Photo by Bruce Smith
This week on "BETA," award-winning filmmaker and TV creator Ed Zwick on his fortysomething years in Hollywood. Plus, comedian Laurie Kilmartin on h...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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Rachel Cochran talks about her Southern noir novel, “The Gulf.” Also, Aisha Harris, cohost of NPR’s 'Pop Culture Happy Hour,' joins us to discuss h...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: A scene from IMMEDIATE FAMILY, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo by Joel Bernstein. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures., Credit: Photo by Joel Bernstein. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Theater critic Alexis Soloski on her gripping psychological suspense novel, “Here in the Dark.” Also, documentary producer Denny Tedesco joins us t...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: Photo courtesy of John Nowak, Credit: Photo courtesy of John Nowak
TCM’s “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller has got you covered. His new book “Noir Bar” features cocktail recipes and trivia inspired by over 50 of your fav...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 52:01
Caption: Courtesy of Liezl Estipona, Credit: Courtesy of Liezl Estipona
Comedian and host Scott Aukerman joins us to talk about turning his hilarious podcast, “Comedy Bang! Bang!” into a book. Also, author Sam Wasson is...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: Photo courtesy Steven Wright, Credit: Photo courtesy Steven Wright
The innovative stand-up comedian Steven Wright talks about his debut novel, 'Harold.' And screenwriter/actor Guinevere Turner revisits her childho...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2024
  • Length: 52:00
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Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait talks about his first stand-up album in 12 years. Also, the award-winning author Megan Abbott on her thriller, "Beware t...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
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Best-selling author Shea Serrano joins us to talk about his latest project – “Primo.” Also, Dennis Lehane talks about his novel, “Small Mercies.” I...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: Photo by Russell Baer, Credit: Photo by Russell Baer
Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. talks about his fascinating memoir. Christine Coulson on her novel, “One Woman Show.” It's told completely...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
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Comedian, actor, and Kid in the Hall Dave Foley talks about his “Fargo” character, Danish Graves. Author Jesmyn Ward on her novel, 'Let Us Descend....

  • Added: Dec 07, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: (c) Heike Saynisch, Credit: (c) Heike Saynisch
Barista and mixologist Ryan Castelaz on how he’s reinventing the coffee experience. Also, writer Claire Dederer contemplates whether it's possible ...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: (C) Robert Cohen, Credit: (C) Robert Cohen
Comedian Dana Gould gives the 'Planet of the Apes' character Doctor Zaius his own talk show. Also, writer Erika Krouse on how her face launched her...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
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Actor Jeff Daniels talks about his audio memoir, 'Alive and Well Enough.' Also, film critic Matt Singer on how Siskel and Ebert reinvented film cri...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2023
  • Length: 52:01
Caption: Photo by Austin Nelson, Credit: Photo by Austin Nelson
Comedian Jena Friedman on her hilarious and ironically named essay collection, “Not Funny.” And, The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz reveals what it’s like t...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
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Henry Winkler talks about being the Fonz, his connection to Milwaukee and HBO's 'Barry.' Also, actress Illeana Douglas on her love affair with Con...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: Director Wes Anderson poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'The French Dispatch' at the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo, Credit: Director Wes Anderson poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'The French Dispatch' at the 74th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo
Comedian Gary Gulman on what it was like growing up awkward in the ‘80s. TV and movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz takes us behind the scenes of Wes An...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
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Bangles co-founder, Susanna Hoffs, joins us to talk about writing her debut novel and recording a new album. Also, comedian Atsuko Okatsuka intrude...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2023
  • Length: 52:00
Caption: Photo by Geoff Cordner, Credit: Photo by Geoff Cordner
Comedian Greg Proops talks about his hilarious album, 'French Drug Deal.' Also, comedian and musician Reggie Watts shares his memories of growing u...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2023
  • Length: 52:00