How to Compose Psychedelic Earthquakes

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Update: I finished a cut of the text, and, I have to say, I’m surprised that I didn’t have to get rid of much. Generally, I amalgamated angels — there are maybe two dozen individual angels with speaking roles — and I cut a large number of earthquakes. John the Revelator just could not get enough ...

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Stoners Get Real in High Maintenance

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Created in 2012 by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the web series follows an anonymous pot dealer (played by Sinclair) as he makes deliveries all over New York City. Each 5-15 minute episode focuses on a different customer. They vary in age and class and rarely fit the stoner profile ...

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Extra Credit: A Gaggle of Plurals

Friday, April 04, 2014

We know all about schools of fish and gaggles of geese. Now Kurt Andersen wants you to create new collective nouns for curious groups of humans: including hipsters, critics, and venture capitalists.

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Rediscovering My Musical Language Skills

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April Update: I tried to contact my singing voice only to find it had moved, and left no forwarding address. Having tracked it down, I find it now resides in a much smaller abode. My range has gone from 3 octaves to a mere 1 octave. Pitch control and placement are sketchy. Oi! Vocal exercises have begun in earnest ...

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Micro Theater, Macro Complaints

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Scene: Miami
From the WLRN Newsroom

The Spanish Cultural Center in downtown Miami is turning complaints into theater. The center hosts Micro Theater, 15-minute plays performed inside graffiti-covered shipping containers. The series goes on year round, but changes its repertoire every five weeks. In conjunction with ...

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American Woman: Breaking Barriers, Breaking Ground

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wigs, skulls, and upper class woes inspired three artists — Cindy Sherman, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Edith Wharton — to challenge what it meant to be a woman in the 20th century. In honor of Women’s History Month, we present three features from Studio 360’s American Icons series that ...

 

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Public Radio Bracket: Help Studio 360 Go All The Way

Monday, March 17, 2014

March Madness is here and KPCC in Los Angeles has made its own bracket. Instead of college basketball teams going head-to-head, it’s all your favorite public radio shows facing-off for bragging rights. Studio 360 needs your help to take down our third competitor: Radiolab

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Make This Scary Short Screenplay

Monday, March 17, 2014

We dared you to spook the master of scare himself, filmmaker Wes Craven. We got more than 300 gruesome and convention-busting 30-second short films. And one totally genre-defying screenplay. Do you have what it takes to make Penny Jones' Arctic?

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To Dream the Improbable Dream

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March Update: This month, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about aging. When one is the primary caregiver for an aging parent, it is amazing how quickly your life can collapse in on itself. So I’ve been seeking out my favorite comedians and learning how to laugh freely as opposed to wryly. ...

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Key West Reconnects With Its Cuban Roots

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Scene: Miami
From the WLRN Newsroom and reporter Nancy Klingener

Sandra Ramos has never wanted to emigrate from Cuba, but in her more than four decades on the island, she has seen many people leave Their absence resonates throughout her work. The image of her as a 10-year-old is plastered behind a wall of palm trees, trapped on the island. ...

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Wes Craven's Favorite Scary Short Films

Monday, March 10, 2014

Studio 360 dared you to spook horror filmmaker Wes Craven in 30 seconds or less. More than 300 films later, we're close to a winner. Judge Craven presents his picks for the Top 10 most gruesome, haunting, and well-crafted short films.

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Staff Picks: Our Top 10 Scary Shorts

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.

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McConaughey Almost Played Marty on True Detective

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.

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McConaughey vs. McConaughey: True Detective Meets Dazed and Confused

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.

Listen: McConaughey vs. McConaughey

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And the Oscar for Worst Award Show Goes To...

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.

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Jessica Lange & Leaves of Grass

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.

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Scary Shorts Starring Shorties

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

We challenged you to shoot a 30-second horror film to be judged by Wes Craven, the scariest guy around. The entries are pouring in, including a handful by or for kids that have us terrified. Watch them here.

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Studio 360 Goes to the Oscars

Friday, February 21, 2014

You held your breath during Gravity. You grimaced through The Wolf of Wall Street. But do you know what drives this year’s crop of Oscar-nominated actors, directors, and films? Studio 360 has you covered.

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Ghetto Brothers: Latin Garage Rock

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 ...

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American Icons: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Monday, February 10, 2014

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him.  Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.

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