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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Seth Rogen on James Franco, comic genius

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

James Franco may be a conceptual artist, writer, and English professor — but Seth Rogen is especially impressed at his longtime comic partner’s skills at improvisation.

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Smiling Through the Pain

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

May Update: They say laughter is the best medicine, and I'm sure it can be except when you've just had your abdomen sliced open. Waking up every morning and laying there trying to see what hurts and what doesn't is not necessarily interesting but it IS curious...

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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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