360 Staff Pick: dos y dos

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

There are ex-spouses who communicate through their lawyers; ex-spouses who send each other Christmas cards; ex-spouses who remain cordial out of affection or for the sake of the kids.  And there are ex-spouses who perform together, playing duets for bass guitar. ...

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Studio 360's I Love Lucy Quiz

Monday, August 01, 2011

This weekend, in honor of Lucille Ball's 100th birthday, we're rebroadcasting our American Icons hour about how I Love Lucy wrote the rules of American TV.   You and everyone on the planet knows all about Lucy, right? Are you sure?

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Cowboys & Aliens Invade America

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This weekend, a menace from outer space will invade a dusty town in the Wild West. The movie Cowboys and Aliens is the ultimate genre mash-up — science fiction meets the Western. Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky thinks there’s a reason why we keep retelling the narrative of the alien invasion over and over: it's our history.

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Miranda July Asks: What’s On Your Mind?

Friday, July 22, 2011

She makes movies, she writes fiction, and now, she tells fortunes.  When we found Miranda July would be coming into the studio, we decided to put those skills to the test.  We asked you to write in with your questions about the future — and we thought the results were a fascinating survey of what’s going on in the hearts and minds of America’s creative people. Miranda July fans, anyway.

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Super Cool Biz: Japan's Summer Dress Code

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The US is melting.  This month, soaring temperatures have tied or broken more than 800 records across the country — and we're only halfway through July. Perhaps our sweaty, suit-loving co-workers should take a cue from the Japanese. Super Cool Biz is a government-sponsored fashion campaign to lighten ...

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The Battle for Inland Empire

Friday, July 15, 2011

There's a beef heating up in California, and I'm not talking about San Francisco hippies vs. Los Angeles Valley girls. The state's struggling economy threatens to divide Southern California's coastal and inland cities. Earlier this week, Riverside County's board of supervisors unanimously approved a plan to officially consider breaking off ...

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Swamp Dogg Rides Again

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

One of America's most original soul singers, the man who put the funk in R&B's trunk, is touring again. Swamp Dogg (no relation to Snoop) is playing just a few dates, including a free concert in Brooklyn tomorrow night.

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The Making of an Activist: Ai Weiwei's New York Years

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One week after Beijing officials released Ai Weiwei from prison, the Chinese artist's "New York Photographs 1983-1993" were presented for the first time outside of China, giving Americans a glimpse of an artist-activist in the making.

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Pioneers of Industrial Design Get Stamps of Approval

Thursday, July 07, 2011

You know you've made it when your face is on a postage stamp.  Twelve giants of industrial design have just been given that honor with a new set of stamps released by the United States Postal Service last week. But instead of their profiles gracing the corner of your next electric bill, their enduring work is spotlighted.

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Why I Won’t See Super 8

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Super 8 may be the biggest movie of the summer — but nothing can sway my loyalty to Friday Night Lights.

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Cy Twombly: Folksinger's Muse

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

We were saddened to learn of the death today of Cy Twombly, the American artist known for his abstract, childlike paintings. A couple years ago on the show, the songwriter Tift Merritt shared this touching story with us about how a Twombly painting saved her from her writer's block.

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Turntable.fm Brings The Human Touch

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pandora dominates the field of music streaming, with its playlists generated by algorithm. (Founder Tim Westergren explained the process to Kurt Andersen last summer.) But a worthy opponent is emerging: Turntable.fm. Instead of sophisticated algorithms, Turntable.fm has you and your fellow listeners do the work of playlisting for each other. In the first month, the site claims 140,000 users, suggesting that the programmers might be missing something.

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James Franco Launches "Museum Of Non-Visible Art"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Last week, James Franco and the art duo known as Praxis (Brainard and Delia Carey) kicked off a fundraising effort for a new project. Franco has his hands on so many projects that one wonders how he can execute them all, so this one is perhaps fitting in that Franco doesn’t have to execute anything. The Museum Of Non-Visible Art (MONA) is an art museum "composed entirely of ideas."

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Go the Fuck to Sleep: A Bedtime Book for Grown-Ups

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Just in time for Father's Day, Adam Mansbach's big time, bedtime book for grown-ups was officially released today; it's been the most-discussed item in publishing for months, after a pirated PDF version went viral. Go the Fuck to Sleep has already been a gigantic success for small press Akashic Books, which typically publishes literary fiction, noir, and counterculture nonfiction, and the book is currently number-one on Amazon's bestseller list.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Channels Madame Curie

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Marie Curie is the sexiest story in science history and has charmed authors, filmmakers, and playwrights.  Add Alan Alda to the list, who makes his playwrighting debut with Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie.  At the opening gala for the World Science Festival last night, a terrific cast (including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Liev Shreiber) performed a reading.

Listen to an excerpt

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Sneak Preview: Merrill Garbus’ Ukulele

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

An old ukulele — bought at an Army-Navy store — started Merrill Garbus on the path to drum-looping, face-painting renown with her band tUnE-yArDs. She told Kurt Andersen that her mother's uke helped her make the career switch from aspiring puppeteer to inventive musician and critical darling.

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Sneak Preview: Studio 360 Live with Eugene Mirman
& tUnE-yArDs

Thursday, May 26, 2011

How did you spend Monday night? Here in Studio 360, we tapped a keg, lined up some killer acts, and hung out with 150 of our closest friends at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. We'll air the whole show next week, but until then, you can watch some choice excerpts of performances by comedian Eugene Mirman and the band tUnE-yArDs.

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Sneak Preview: The Book of Mormon Decoded

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Book of Mormon is the toast of Broadway (with 14 nominations for June’s Tony Awards). Trey Parker and Matt Stone teamed up with Robert Lopez, best known for Avenue Q, to put the spring in the Mormons' steps. In this preview clip of Kurt Andersen's interview with Lopez, the composer deconstructs the song “All-American Prophet” and revives hooks previously lost to the cutting-room floor.

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Underwater Sculpture Park

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jason de Caires Taylor’s haunting, beautiful underwater sculptures are human figures — they're modeled after locals in Cancun and the West Indies and made of an artificial material that acts like coral reef. Collectively, they comprise the world’s only underwater sculpture gardens.

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The Times They Are a-Endin'

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Christian fundamentalist Harold Camping believes the apocalypse will come on Saturday (not in 2012 as the Mayans predicted), and is doing his best to make sure you're prepared.   The hip music magazine L.A. Record is also getting its readers ready by asking them to contribute original songs to their "Judgment Day Mixtape" — a collection of tunes that should be the perfect soundtrack to the rapture.

What songs would you put on an apocalypse-themed mixtape?

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