Friday, March 07, 2014
You sent Studio 360 hundreds of super scary, super short horror movies — from animation to claymation, to live action, they're all terrifying. Filmmaker Wes Craven will reveal the winner on this weekend's show. Meantime, the staff of Studio 360 made this list of our 10 favorites.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
As fans hold their breaths for the Sunday night finale of True Detective, it's hard to imagine anyone other than Matthew McConaughey as the nihilistic Rustin Cohle. But the Oscar-winning actor was initially pegged for a different role — his charming, family man partner Marty.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
We’ll see your Oscars speech and raise you one, Matthew. Your Rustin Cohle says “time is a flat circle,” so we put Dave Wooderson behind the wheel of his 1970 Chevy and had him pick up our favorite Nietzschean True Detective. Let’s listen to how the conversation unfolds.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
We ended up again with awards that were all expected, except Best Picture -- we were betting on Gravity, as it seemed to have all the perfect elements for the top Academy Award: action, suspense, accessibility, emotion and uplift.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
In this special edition of the show, Kurt talks with Jessica Lange talks about the thrill of playing an evil witch on American Horror Story. We learn how Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, a radical, polyamorous book of poems became an American Icon. And an artist paints combat scenes in Iraq after being inspired by Winslow Homer's Civil War paintings.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
In the 1960s, a group of guys in the Bronx were inspired by the Black Panthers and Puerto Rican nationalism to organize. They were called the Ghetto Brothers, and when they weren't playing music, they were operating as a gang under the same name. Benjy Melendez was a teenager ...
Monday, January 27, 2014
Sometimes it just takes a couple wise words to inspire our curiosity and creativity. We jot quotes down in notebooks and on post-it notes; we carry them in our wallets, use them in wedding toasts, and share them with our friends. Studio 360 wants to share some of your favorite quotes on the air ...
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
From Science Friday's series "Science Goes to the Movies"
Could you fall in love — develop a real relationship — with a computer? In Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated movie Her, a lonely Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls hard for his operating system. Part of the film’s power is that its premise isn’t so improbable ...
Friday, January 17, 2014
The Scene: Los Angeles
From The Organist, KCRW's podcast with The Believer magazine
Chris Stroffolino is a Shakespearean scholar and a former member of the band Silver Jews. But these days, he lives in a 1983 Ford Econoline van which is retro-fitted with a piano in the back. He’ll drive around town, invite musicians in to play, or just open the side doors to give a ...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Our man Oscar played it safe again this year. It’s doubtful too many people will take issue with Gravity (a hugely successful drama with innovative film techniques) and American Hustle (a hugely commercial drama with great performances) leading the pack of nominations with ten ...
Monday, January 13, 2014
Neneh Cherry has floated between underground acclaim and pop stardom. She’s gone decades without releasing an album, but when she does, it matters. But Blank Project (coming in February), produced by Four Tet, is a soul record that will rip your eardrums a new one.
Monday, January 06, 2014
December Update: Here is the last story, titled "Meteorology". It is getting there, but needs a real going-over. I look forward to a lot of rewriting in the new year. Thanks for all your support. I hope your new year is full of rewarding experiences ...
Monday, January 06, 2014
Watching the Golden Globes Sunday night? Play interactive awards night bingo with Kurt! The awards shows have turned into parodies of themselves: celebrities thanking their lawyers, refusing to "wrap it up," trying to exit off the wrong side of the stage. This year, we’re embracing the cliché ...
Monday, December 23, 2013
3D printers make it possible to print almost anything. So we wanted to see what our listeners might do with this new technology, so we teamed up with the 3D printer maker MakerBot to give them a challenge: to create a holiday ornament. Last week, we threw a party in WNYC's Greene ...