360 Staff Pick: Bright Star

Monday, February 22, 2010

If pale young couples on the misty heath isn't your cup of Earl Grey, Bright Star will change your mind about British costume dramas. Jane Campion (The Piano) wrote and directed this exquisite film based on the heartbreakingly short life of the poet John Keats ...

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The Penny Gets a Makeover

Sunday, February 21, 2010

In this week's show, Kurt says that we can find the Lincoln Memorial on the back of any old penny. Well, that old penny is getting a new backside. Last week, the United States Mint released a new one-cent coin, in honor of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. ...

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TV Ads That Don't Play Fair

Thursday, February 18, 2010

With the Winter Olympics in full swing, you may have noticed there's a lot of competition for your attention as well. In between the slaloms and the triple axels, there's also the slightly shameful attraction of (dare I say it) the advertisements. Take this awesome one from AT&T featuring silver ...

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Swifter. Higher. Hipper?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Halfway into the first week of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, some athletes have already taken issue with the judging. But at these games, there is no discordant French judge at the center of the controversy. Instead, it’s the style police stirring things up.

Figure skater Johnny Weir has ...

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And the Snail-Mail Prize Goes to…

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our Valentine Redesign Challenge elicited many great entries to our Flickr page.  And we received mailed-in submissions too.  They ranged from a set of miniature cards 'inspired by a muse and faces of love' to my favorite, a three-foot tall by two-foot wide poster from Victor Stabin.  He ...

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Playing With Our Food

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We got nearly 200 great entries to our redesign Valentine challenge. And on last week's show, Elizabeth Gilbert picked the winning entry: a bouquet of rolled bacon strips that look like roses (only yummier!) by Sarah Tisdale. As Gilbert said so aptly, 'Nothing can compete ...

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360 Staff Pick: Little Bee

Monday, February 15, 2010

A vacationing British couple ventures outside the walls of their luxury resort. There, on a Nigerian beach, they run into Little Bee, a young girl fleeing a gang of brutal soldiers. The fallout of that encounter fuels the remainder of the novel. Readers will recognize their own ...

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More for New Orleans to Celebrate

Friday, February 12, 2010

New Orleans is in the midst of a week-long party.  Between last weekend's Super Bowl win for the Saints and next week's Mardi Gras festivities, the city has a lot to celebrate.  But revelers, make sure to save some energy for a live performance by local singer Theresa ...

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Shakespeare on the Small Screen

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This week, the Royal Shakespeare Company announced that it will come to New York for a five-play residency during the summer of 2011, as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.  And the company will perform the plays in a full-scale replica of its Stratford-upon-Avon theater reconstructed inside the ...

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Lessons from the Master

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Last week, Studio 360 revisited a lively conversation with Marlon James – his novel The Book of Night Women is just out in paperback. All the main characters in the novel are women, and they're rendered vibrantly.

But it seems he didn't always have that talent. In ...

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Glee Spreads to Japan

Friday, February 05, 2010

Fans of the Fox series "Glee" are known for their passion and enthusiasm.  Some "gleeks" are so dedicated to the show and its elaborately staged musical numbers that they perform their own versions of songs from the show and post them on YouTube.  Now perhaps the ...

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Makin' Whoopies

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Julie Powell -- the author and Julie of Julie & Julia -- cooked 524 recipes in 365 days.  That's small potatoes compared to Brooklyn's Cathy Erway, a twenty-something-year-old hipster who ate nothing from restaurants, take-out spots, or street-stands from September 2006 through September 2008.  (The project ...

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Echoes of Gekko

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The sequel to Oliver Stone's 1987 film Wall Street is set to be released this spring, and Michael Douglas is back as the deliciously unctuous Gordon Gekko.  [Update - 3/11: The film’s release date has been pushed back to September.]

My favorite part of the trailer ...

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360 Staff Pick: Big Fan

Monday, February 01, 2010

Big Fan follows a guy (Patton Oswalt) who lives to watch the New York Giants and then bloviate on sports-talk radio.  But it's not a football movie — it's a fascinating exploration of fandom: what we get from worshiping public figures and what happens when we glimpse ...

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Good Manners

Friday, January 29, 2010

Last week the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opened its exhibition on 'The Drawings of Bronzino,' showcasing the work of a man who may just be the best painter nobody cares about.

Agnolo Bronzino was one of the leading painters and poets of sixteenth-century Italy.  But ...

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Colombian Music (Way) Beyond Shakira

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Colombia has a very wide range of musical styles, reflecting the country's strong regional cultures and diverse roots - African, indigenous, and European.  It's similar to Brazil, and that shows in the music.  But I think many of us are more conscious of the richness of Brazilian music.  Here are ...

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Be Elizabeth Gilbert's Valentine

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away – and we're hoping that 2010 can be the year of the new-and-improved Valentine.  We’re thrilled that so many talented folks have submitted their ideas to “Be My Valentine: A Studio 360 Design Challenge.”

And doesn't a competition merit a celebrity ...

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Nobody Puts Jane Austen in a Corner

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's Friday night, and I'm sweating on the dance floor. Am I at some chic nightclub? Not exactly. Instead of a techno beat, the sounds of fiddles, guitars, recorder, dulcimer, and banjo hang in the air.

Okay, I confess: I love Contra dancing. It's a rowdy mix ...

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Kidding Around

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Last week, singer-songwriter Zee Avi brought her ukulele by the studio. From what we’ve been hearing from listeners, she has a bunch of new fans since the broadcast – including me.

Hearing her play the uke took me back. I can picture the one we had lying around ...

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360 Staff Pick: Memoir of a Friendship

Monday, January 25, 2010

With a million bromance movies exploring male friendships (usually at the expense of the shrewy women who stand in the way), Let's Take the Long Way Home is refreshing. The memoir by former Boston Globe book critic Gail Caldwell sketches her quiet, funny, intimate friendship with fellow-writer ...

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