A proud native of the Second City, producer Jenny Lawton joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons special on I Love Lucy, lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. She also serves as the managing editor of studio360.org and coordinates the show's internship program. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.
Goodbye, Hollywood (and Good Riddance)
Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 09:20 AM
Jon Robin Baitz was already a successful playwright when he went to Hollywood to create ABC's Brother's and Sisters. The show was a hit for Baitz, but turns out, the city was anything but: "It was a nightmare. Just the fact that I came from New York and wrote sort of serious-ish plays, before I opened my mouth, there was a kind of trope going around the network already: 'We can't have any of the Baitzian angst.'''
After a lot of angst, Baitz got a one-way ticket back to New York where he wrote his new play Other Desert Cities (now playing at New York City's Lincoln Center to great praise). It's the story of Brooke, a writer who comes home for Christmas and reveals to her family that she's publishing a tell-all memoir -- about them.
But Baitz admitted to Kurt that breaking up with TV was messy.
You can hear more of Kurt's conversation with Jon Robin Baitz on this weekend's show.