At the Sound of the Beep

Monday, December 28, 2009

Studio 360 has had many memorable segments this year, but my favorite has to be from the show that aired the week of Barack Obama's inauguration.

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A Sip of Sherlock

Thursday, December 24, 2009

This week, Studio 360 follows the ever-evolving Sherlock Holmes, who jumps off the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into the modern world as children's lit's Encyclopedia Brown and TV's Dr. House.

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Sounds Like Forever

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

At this point, just two days before Christmas, you're probably waking up at odd hours with 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' playing on that radio station inside your head.  Some songs never seem to go away.  And then there are those that really don’t.

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Off With "The Sing-Off"

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It turns out that Fox’s hit musical comedy "Glee" was primetime TV’s gateway drug to a cappella.

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There Arose Such a Clatter

Friday, December 18, 2009

When I first talked to Phil Kline about his boombox Christmas carol “Unsilent Night” (for a Village Voice article in 2002), I went in assuming that Kline was Jewish. Nothing weird about that, I figured; “White Christmas” is by Irving Berlin. Wrong. Kline was raised by devout Christians in Pennsylvania. Still, he rejected the idea that his piece was religious music.

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Survey Says...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Did you miss that performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the arts center last month? Or the oboe concerto recital at the concert hall? Well it looks like you weren’t the only one.

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Brush Up On Your Golden Globes

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

With yesterday’s announcement of the Golden Globe nominees, it’s officially awards season.  Before you watch them work the red carpet (and, perhaps, get tipsy during the broadcast), hear how they got there in the first place. Listen to Kurt Andersen's conversations with nominees including Kathryn Bigelow, Jason Reitman, and Marvin Hamlisch.

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They Will Rock You

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Muppets have a proud tradition of taking the hit songs and making them their own: muppet-izing them, shall we say.  The Sesame Street gang had a string of successes with “Letter B” (ala the Beatles’s “Let Her Be”), “Born to Add” (ala the Boss’s “Born to Run”) and “U Really Got a Hold On Me” featuring Smokey Robinson and a rather clingy Letter U.

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Offset carbon...and cheating

Monday, December 14, 2009

We’ve about reached the halfway point in Copenhagen’s two-week long negotiating bonanza known as the UN Conference of the Parties. One hot topic (no pun intended) is the practice of carbon offsetting. Yes, offsetting is an economically efficient solution, but does it ultimately fail us?

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Have You Been to Bahia?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On this week’s show, there’s a lovely story about the song that made Brazilian samba queen Carmen Miranda an international star in 1939 – “O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem.”  The name roughly translates to “What is it that the Bahian woman has?”

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A Musical Romance

Friday, December 11, 2009

This week on Studio 360, Kurt unpacks the songwriting inspirations of Rickie Lee Jones, the reigning 'Duchess of Coolsville.' In this gem from the cutting room floor, she discusses the songwriter who makes her think 'we're made from the same part of God's clay.' (Plus, don’t miss Kurt’s five-second debut as a back-up singer.)

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Remembering Tom Hoving

Thursday, December 10, 2009

We were sad to learn that Tom Hoving passed away today.  The former director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art was an art world insider, an expert on art fraud and forgery, and one of the best storytellers to come by our studio.

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Art to Save the World

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

This week, 15,000 delegates and 110 heads of state from 192 nations are in Copenhagen to (we hope) negotiate a treaty to address the causes of climate change. It turns out that a number of artists have also arrived in the Danish capital, intent on delivering their own messages about what is at stake.

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In Praise of Good Men

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

On December 3, the United Nations named Stevie Wonder a Messenger of Peace.   'We all know Stevie Wonder is a musical genius whose songs have given pleasure and hope to millions of people around the world,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated. “He is also a great humanitarian who has campaigned against apartheid, for children in need and for persons with disabilities.'

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360 Staff Pick: Zadie Smith changes her mind

Monday, December 07, 2009

Who knew procrastination could be so fruitful?  Smith (White Teeth) wrote the essays collected here while missing deadlines for her novels. Among them: her father's experiences during the invasion of Normandy; thoughts on E.M. Forster and David Foster Wallace; and idolizing the women Katherine Hepburn played.  The biggest surprise is her movie reviews -- nothing's stale about her takes on 'Munich,' 'Capote,' and 'Shopgirl.' And so much better than the films you never saw in the first place.

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Reitman vs. Reitman

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Considering who his father is, you might think Jason Reitman left the womb grasping a sound boom in his tiny hand.  Jason was still a toddler when dad Ivan Reitman was making Animal House (1978) and other classic comedies like Meatballs (1979) and Stripes (1981).  By the time Reitman hit his stride with Ghostbusters in 1984 the path to the director’s chair for young Jason might have seemed inevitable.

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Fight on, Brave Soul

Friday, December 04, 2009

It’s official: Studio 360 has a cold.  But I'm inspired by an odd and intriguing ad campaign for HALLS cough drops.  It features snifflers proudly bearing their red noses and eyes, bravely trudging through the season.

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Bomb Scare

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Twenty years ago today, at a press conference aboard the Russian cruise ship Maxim Gorky, the end of the Cold War was officially declared.  And yet the fear accompanying nuclear weaponry remains, as evidenced by President Obama's explanation of the stakes in Afghanistan on Tuesday night: “We know that al Qaeda and other extremists seek nuclear weapons, and we have every reason to believe that they would use them.”

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Cuter Than a Surprised Kitten

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

In this month’s Vanity Fair, contributing editor Jim Windolf tries to analyze the wave of cute overtaking our culture.  From Hello Kitty to the laughing baby (you know which baby) (yes you do) (you don’t?  Really?), Windolf leaves no fuzzy, big-eyed stone unturned.  And he thinks it’s getting worse.  Why now?

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Genius Savant

Monday, November 30, 2009

It may surprise some people that movie star Willem Dafoe (Spiderman, The English Patient, Platoon) has roots deep in the stages of experimental theater. Dafoe was a founding member of The Wooster Group in New York, along with director Elizabeth LeCompte and Spalding Gray. Recently, I was lucky enough to catch him back in his old stomping grounds in Richard Foreman's 'Idiot Savant' at the Public Theater.

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