Best of 2011: 360 Behind the Scenes

Friday, December 30, 2011

This year, Kurt talked to movie stars, revolutionaries, and polymaths — and he hosted the first-ever audio broadcast in 3D. Intriguing things often happened before the mic is switched on and the story continues after it's switched off. The Studio 360 staff ...

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This Must Be the Playlist: David Byrne's iPod Picks

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

There is no shortage of 2011 year-end playlists, but few are as trustworthy as what's currently on David Byrne's iPod. The former Talking Heads front man sat down with Kurt Andersen this week to talk about the new Talking Heads: Chronology DVD, a collection of rare ...

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...and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas starts earlier every year, and perhaps the wreaths and peppermint mochas have you rolling your eyes. If so, too bad! It’ll be over soon enough, so light a pine-scented candle, set your Pandora to "Jingle Bells," and dig in to the Studio 360 Christmas archive. ...

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Kurt Andersen on the Year of 'The Protester'

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This morning, TIME announced 2011's Person of the Year: The Protester.
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Large Hadron Collider Gets Closer to 'God'

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The press calls it the "God particle," about to be discovered by a "doomsday machine." Hyperbole aside, this morning at 8am EST, scientists operating the Large Hadron Collider on the Franco-Swiss border announced their biggest finding yet related to the elusive Higgs boson particle. Two independent teams of ...

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Elliott Carter Turns 103

Monday, December 12, 2011

Elliott Carter might be the hardest working man in classical music today. Having turned 103 over the weekend, he’s certainly the oldest. The composer is celebrating his latest birthday by premiering several new pieces, five of which were performed last week. The festivities continue tonight when Julliard's AXIOM ensemble performs ...

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360 Staff Pick: 101 Things to Learn in Art School

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Since Kit White and I met when I was a freshman in college, I've just realized that means we've been friends for two-thirds of our lives. He is pretty much the same person he was then: philosophically serious but funny and fun, learned, lucid, wise, and a painter ...

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Big Dance at the Park Avenue Armory

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The first thing you notice walking into Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory is its awesome scale.  In a city where every nook and cranny seems to be spoken for, the 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall looks like it might have landed from outer space.  Completed in 1881, ...

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Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Inventor in the World

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hollywood likes to cast model-type stars as high-level as high level scientists (remember Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist in a James Bond movie?). In this case, it’s true. Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood ...

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Julian Barnes: Writing History

Monday, November 21, 2011

Last month Julian Barnes received the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sense of an Ending. In 2006, Kurt Andersen interviewed Barnes as part of the National Book Foundation's "Eat, Drink & Be Literary" series ...

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360 Staff Pick: Sigur Rós Live

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Inní by Sigur Rós is both a trippy documentation of the band's 2008 tour and the band's first-ever live album.  The DVD/CD set is out today and the New York Times calls it a concert film that "leaves most of its genre in ...

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A New Multimedia Masterpiece: Brooklyn Babylon

Monday, November 14, 2011

This weekend, the Brooklyn Academy of Music presented a new work of originality, power, and beauty that left an audience slack-jawed. Brooklyn Babylon is a collaboration between the graphic novelist Danijel Zezelj and composer Darcy James Argue, and it is destined to be considered a classic of the ...

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On Stage Now: Venus in Fur

Thursday, November 10, 2011

This week, David Ives’ Venus in Fur opened at Manhattan Theatre Club's Friedman Theatre for a limited run, with Nina Arianda playing opposite British actor Hugh Dancy.  The show opened Off Broadway in January 2010 and killed; the New York Times’ critic called Arianda's performance sensational, ...

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A Great Moment for 20th Century Photography

Monday, November 07, 2011

Right now 20th century photography geeks are experiencing something of a perfect storm. From a new coffee table book, to a major museum exhibition, to images just made available on Wikimedia Commons ...

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St. Vincent: Queen of Indie Rock

Friday, November 04, 2011

Last night, New York City’s famed Webster Hall played host to the second-to-last stop on St. Vincent's sold-out North American tour.  Her 80-minute set was dominated by songs off her critically acclaimed new record Strange Mercy ...

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360 Staff Pick: MetaMaus

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It’s been 25 years since Art Spiegelman published Maus, the graphic novel about his father's experiences in the Holocaust. This is the book that opened the doors for graphic novels and eventually graphic nonfiction, and made alternative comics a mainstream ...

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Hipster Halloween: Canine Edition

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An estimated 500 canines and 3,000 humans gathered in New York City's oldest dog run last weekend for the 21st annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. This year’s attendees included Elvis, Yoda, a Doggie in the Window, and the M23 bus (named Best ...

Slideshow: Dogs on Parade

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Abstract Expressions of Willem de Kooning

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

If you live in New York or can make it there by January, the season's must-see painting exhibition is the new Willem de Kooning retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, which spans the artist’s long and productive career. We see his early days ...

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360 Listener List: What to Reread & Rewatch

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A couple weeks ago, Kurt Andersen realized that he’d never read a book or seen a movie more than twice. The reasoning seemed clear: with so many great works (new and classic) to be discovered, life is just too short for revisiting old favorites. Right? We wanted to test Kurt's theory, so we asked: Are you an avid rereader / rewatcher? And if so, which works are worth a second look? ...

The List: Best Books to Reread and Movies to Rewatch 

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National Book Award Nominees Announced

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards were announced today. The nominees include a first-time novelist and the recently deceased biographer of Malcolm X.

Bonus tracks: interviews with Stephen Greenblatt, Téa Obreht, and Manning Marable

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