Jon Brion Makes the Rounds

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Before I left Los Angeles for New York City, one of the cultural experiences I was encouraged — no actually commanded — to experience by the culturally elite of my friends, was a Jon Brion show at the Largo.  (He had an ongoing residency at ...

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2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics Teaches About Music

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Saul Perlmutter, 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics, teaches "Physics and Music" at UC Berkeley. From his course description: "The mysteries of music have long inspired scientists to invent new tools of thought, and some of the earliest scientific concepts were invented to understand music. ... Questions as simple as "Why do different instruments ...

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360 Staff Pick: General Orders No. 9

Monday, October 03, 2011

“General Orders No. 9” was the document in which Robert E. Lee ordered his troops to surrender to Ulysses S. Grant.  A film of the same name by Robert Persons never refers to this document or to the Civil War itself, which is strange.  There is a lot ...

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Survey: Are You A Rereader?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Are you an avid rereader of books or rewatcher of movies?  Or is once enough?  Take our survey.

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Bring Back Wonder Woman

Thursday, September 29, 2011

In September, DC Comics rebooted all of its main story lines, wiping the slate clean for the best-known superhero titles.  Each starts over at issue #1.  Fans were puzzled as Wonder Woman came back as a horror comic, fighting supernatural ickies rather than putting bad guys in the place. It’s been a tough year for Wonder Woman.  NBC’s much-anticipated pilot ...

Slideshow: Wonder Woman Through the Ages

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The Latino List

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Filmmaker and photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new documentary The Latino List explores the complexity of Latino identity in America. The film is comprised of 15 interviews with a range of contemporary Latino icons: from the actress Eva Longoria to professional golfer “Chi-Chi” Rodríguez, to US Supreme Court Justice Sonia ...

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R.E.M.'s Admirable Legacy

Friday, September 23, 2011

Back in the 1990s, R.E.M. used to joke that they’d play their final concert on December 31, 1999 and break up the next day.  Had they done that, with the original lineup intact (drummer Bill Berry left in 1997), they would have certainly gone out with a bang.The ...

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Seeing Stats: The Art of Data Visualization

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Many scientists have no trouble conjuring rich images in their heads just from scanning columns of data. For the rest of us, it's essential to turn that data into something we can relate to more easily. This is where the designers of scientific visualizations come in. Using models enriched with colors and contours ...

Video: Earthquake simulation

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Online Gamers Make Discovery in HIV Battle

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Last weekend, the journal Nature Structure & Molecular Biology published a key discovery in the study of HIV — and it was made with the help of online gamers. They were playing Foldit, a game which challenges players to figure out the structures of real enzymes and proteins.  One of those puzzles was a protein ...

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McQueen’s Savage Beauty to Make World Tour?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

This summer, Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art drew in over half a million visitors, making it the most viewed fashion exhibition in the museum's history.  It was also one of the hardest exhibits to get into — I personally made four unsuccessful trips to the Met. But a recent Twitter campaign may help the show go global. ...

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360 Staff Pick: Wild Flag

Monday, September 12, 2011

The first track on Wild Flag’s debut release is called “Romance,” and ends with this: We love the sound, the sound is what found us, sound is the love between me and you. I love how we don’t know who the “you” is.  The song might be about a lover, but the way Carrie Brownstein switches to “we” suggests something else.  She could be singing to us fans, who’ve kept the indie-rock flame alive in our hearts. ...

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Artists Respond to 9/11: Studio 360's List

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Countless artists in the past decade, from novelists to comic book illustrators to documentary theater directors, have grappled with the events of 9/11 and the War on Terror. What follows is a curated list of crucial works, by no means complete or definitive, that help us make sense of what happened a decade ago. (With thanks to Studio 360's listeners.)

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Artists Respond to 9/11: Michael Stipe, Björk, Jodie Foster

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Over the last several months, Kurt Andersen has been asking guests about their memories of 9/11 and the changes that came after it. Hear responses from Michael Stipe, Jodie Foster, Björk, Suzanne Vega, Robert Lopez, and Miranda July.

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Kurt Talks Creativity with Rosanne Cash & Martha Stewart

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

On September 15, Kurt will lead an all-star panel discussion about creativity as part of The Economist's Human Potential conference: "Finding your spark: a special session from Studio 360 from Public Radio International."

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Less and More: Dieter Rams at the San Francisco MoMA

Friday, September 02, 2011

Look around you, specifically at the objects that are surrounding you right now.  How would you describe the products you use for your everyday life?  Unobtrusive?  Innovative?  Honest?  These are the kind of questions that make up the legendary industrial designer Deitar Rams' 10 Guiding Principles of Good Design. ...

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Poetry and Taxonomy

Thursday, September 01, 2011

When Studio 360 contributor and science reporter Ari Daniel Shapiro visited at the Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology last winter, he met Dhugal Lindsay.  The Australian researcher explores the deep seas using robotic submersibles carrying video cameras and sampling equipment.  And he's given names to some of the species he's found.

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Farewell to a Roamer and Rambler: Honeyboy Edwards

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Delta blues legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards passed away at his home in Chicago yesterday at the age of 96. A singer and guitarist known for his complex fingerpicking style and his bottleneck-slide guitar work, Edwards played with everyone from country bluesman Big Joe Williams to "the King of the Delta Blues," Robert Johnson. ...

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Ms. Bridges Goes to Washington

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Last month, President Obama installed Norman Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With" in a hallway just outside the Oval Office. The iconic painting shows Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African American girl, being escorted by US Marshals to a New Orleans elementary school during the integration of the school system in 1960. ...

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9/11 in Art: Your Reflections

Friday, August 26, 2011

The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is just a few weeks away, and Studio 360 is curating a list of cultural works that reflected on the tragic events.  We asked you: what would you add to the list?  You responded with books, movies, songs, and poems, with suggestions ranging from Rufus Wainwright to John Adams.

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When Public Art Angers the Public

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Last week, we heard about the controversy surrounding Indianapolis' planned downtown monument, "E Pluribus Unum," designed by the acclaimed artist Fred Wilson.  Among the statue's opponents is longtime state representative Bill Crawford, who feels Wilson's figure of a freed slave perpetuates stereotypes of the African-American experience.  The statue of Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea in Charlottesville, Virginia faces similar scrutiny.

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