Hello Louisville!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September Update: I finally made it to Louisville! I am living at the OPEN Gallery — an artist live/work space, gallery, and performance venue. Soooo good for my creative soul.
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Cyndi Lauper, The Little Engine That Could

Monday, September 15, 2014

Alan Cumming is guest-hosting Studio 360 and his first priority was a sit-down with Cyndi Lauper, who is still reinventing her career after 30 years in pop music.
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Beck’s Song Reader Came Out, and We Was Robbed

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Beck’s album Song Reader (first released as sheet music in 2012) just came out, with various artists covering the songs. But “Saint Dude” sounds eerily like the epic version we produced.
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Patricia Lockwood's “List of Cross-Dressing Soldiers”

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The poetry star famous for her funny and raunchy Twitter feed also writes serious poems. While in our studio, she read one inspired by her brother’s tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Video: Ralph Steadman Draws Kurt

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When Ralph Steadman came to the studio to talk with Kurt Andersen, we couldn’t resist asking him to do a sketch. Quite a few laughs, a fair share of “Oh dears,” and “a final flourish of splatter” later, we ended up with two drawings of Kurt and a studio desk covered in ink. Watch the video.

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Video: Lydia Loveless, "Blind" (Live)

Monday, August 04, 2014

The last thing you’d expect to hear out of country crooner Lydia Loveless is a pop song. But when she launches into a Kesha’s “Blind” — sans Autotune or a distracting dance beat — it seems like the song has been waiting for her all along.

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Featured Poem: "Let's"

Friday, July 25, 2014

Studio 360 is challenging young writers to create poems on the theme of summer. Featured today: "Let's" by Samantha, 17, from Virginia.

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Who's Afraid of On the Media?

Friday, July 25, 2014

We asked On the Media's Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone to duke it out in this parody of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? from our American Icons episode on Mad Magazine.

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Featured Poem: "Hazy Summer Days"

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Studio 360 is challenging young writers to create poems on the theme of summer. Featured today: "Hazy Summer Days" by Amy, 15, from Maryland.

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Featured Poem: "Juillet"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Studio 360 is challenging young writers to create poems on the theme of summer. Featured today: "Juillet" by Emma, 16, from Massachusetts.

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Music and Lyrics

Monday, June 30, 2014

June Update: I’m excited to report that Jenrose Fitzgerald and I are working on mostly original material. I am feeling more confident about singing and trusting of my voice. I am continuing the work to improve my range and technique. But my main focus is songwriting, arranging, and playing guitar.​

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Painting with Electricity

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Scene: Miami
From WLRN's Arts desk.

Artist Cory Hunter studied to be a chemical engineer, and now he's using chemistry and electricity to create ingenious paintings.

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Finding the Theme

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June Update: It's crazy to think that we are approaching the halfway mark of this year. I have, finally, settled on a theme... I am going to do a seasonal painting of foliage and the sky. I really like the way it is showing the different hues of the sky and a progression of time.

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Video: Hurray for the Riff Raff, "The Body Electric" (Live)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Johnny Cash told the story of a young woman's murder in "Delia's Gone." Now Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra adds another chapter to the tale with “The Body Electric.” She and the band recently performed the song live in Studio 360.

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Neil Gaiman’s Portal to the Lost Knowledge of Childhood

Friday, June 06, 2014

The novelist credits a near-death experience with encouraging him to remember the authentic details of childhood.

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Last Call for a Legend of Miami Nightlife

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Scene: Miami
From WLRN's Arts desk

The "CBGB of the South," Miami's Churchill's Pub, has been the setting for Iggy Pop music videos and a scene from "There's Something About Mary." Now Dave Daniels, who has run the bar since 1979, is retiring.

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Finding poetry in a pine box

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Scene: Kansas City
From KCUR's 
Arts & Culture desk, a service of Kansas City Public Media

A doctor with stage IV prostate cancer decided he doesn't want a fancy store-bought coffin. When he asked a local artist to help him build a simple pine box, they formed an unlikely friendship.

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The Rick Rubin Word Association Game

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

We challenged the wizard music producer to sum up some artists in just one word. Can you match the acts with his descriptions?

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Dramatic Readings Of Rejection Letters to Gertrude Stein, Andy Warhol, and Nirvana

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Scene: Concord
From New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth, hosted by Virginia Prescott

Since so many rejection letters feel utterly impersonal, we thought it would be fun to do dramatic readings of some of history's worst rejection letters — sent to Gertrude Stein, Nirvana, Andy Warhol, and a would-be artist for Disney (whose main shortcoming appears to be that she was female).

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Extra Credit: 1914 Blues Challenge

Thursday, May 08, 2014

W.C. Handy was the first to publish a body of songs identified as blues, based on lyrics and melodies from black Southern culture, that became known throughout America. His hit “Yellow Dog Blues,” was published in 1914, making the year a turning point in the history of the blues. Now we want to hear your version of the classic.

Enter the 1914 Blues Challenge

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