Podcast: What's Wrong with America

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This week's Sound of Young America is all about what's wrong with this country. And maybe a little about what could be right.

Our first guest is Henry Owings. Henry's the creator of Chunklet Magazine, and the editor of Chunklet's new book, "The Overrated Book." He talks with us about where he finds enough darkness in his heart to oversee the composition of an entire book about things that are overrated -- and to make a list of 1000 overrated things. Contributors to the book include Brian Posehn, Bob Odenkirk, and Neal Pollack.

We also talk with George Saunders. Saunders has published a number of critically acclaimed books, including "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline" and his most recent, "In Persuasion Nation." George talks about his education as a geophysicist, the stigma of humor in literature, and much more.

Bonus reading from "In Persuasion Nation" and interview audio

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A few suggested links:
George Saunders Land (exhaustive Saunders fansite)
Chunklet Radio Podcast on MySpace
George Saunders on This American Life, reading "Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz"
George Saunders on This American Life, reading "The 400 Pound CEO"

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Great read

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I heard them and actually asked him if he might give me some beats to use on the show because I loved them so much.Performing Arts school | Law schools

Also, I like the DJW track

Also, I like the DJW track you've been closing out the show with.
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Thanks for very interesting article. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. It?s interesting to read ideas, and observations from someone else?s point of view? makes you think more. So please keep up the great work.
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Nice show this week. I remember getting something in the mail from the Colorado School of Mines in high school, because at the time I thought I wanted to study physics.Also, I like the DJW track you've been closing out the show with.

If you like DJW's production, visit his page and download some of his AWESOME remixes. They're really, really great. I heard them and actually asked him if he might give me some beats to use on the show because I loved them so much.

That first guy kind of pissed me off. Sorry, but taking out Sgt. Pepper or Exile isn't edgy. It's been done to death. And looking at rock's sacred cows and taking the piss out of them is every bit as lazy as making fun of the latest flash in the pan. If his reason for considering them overrated is because they've always topped the Best Of lists, then maybe he should look at what it is about those albums that got them there rather than have a knee-jerk reaction against it. MSG? Overrated? Who even rates MSG anymore to begin with? It's been years since I last even saw "No MSG" in a Chinese restaurant.

Yes, I agree with David, that first guy was a little full of himself