First Listen: Tom Hanks as Walt Disney

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Tom Hanks grew up watching Walt Disney on television — now the actor will play him on-screen in Saving Mr. Banks. To prepare for the role, Hanks poured over archival recordings held by the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. He gave a sneak preview of his Walt Voice to Kurt ...

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Making Fun

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

November Update: This is a silly one — sorry. December's will be nice and grim. I'm going to get started on it tomorrow because I'll be traveling up to the north country this month. If I could think of all the story elements and their right sequence and what they mean, right at the beginning of the month ...

Read Linda's short story for November: “WWJLD?”

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Did Norman Rockwell Ruin Thanksgiving Turkey?

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Scene: Chicago
From WBEZ — Monica Eng is also co-host of the food podcast Chewing the Fat.

Millions of Americans will sit down to Thanksgiving dinners of unevenly cooked turkey — dinners that look suspiciously like the one in Norman Rockwell's "Freedom From Want" painting now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. The overcooked white meat will require pools of gravy ...

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Extra Credit: 3D Printing Challenge

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Studio 360 is partnering with MakerBot, a company that makes 3D printers, to give you a new Extra Credit project: a holiday ornament challenge. Winners of the challenge will have the chance to take part in our live event in New York on December 17.

Enter the contest

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New Goals

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November Update: The woodworking project took a major leap forward in the spring and early summer when I started working on a screened-in porch for our back yard. This is my most challenging project to date. I took measurements and used Skitch (an application that lets you ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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Returing to Cascadia

Thursday, November 07, 2013

October Update: I think I figured something out about writing this time, but the ending still isn't right. I blame it on windows 8.1 — why did I download it?! Anyway, I wanted to pay homage to Cascadia, the region I'm from ...

Read Linda's story for October: "Brambles"

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Jessica Lange to Retire

Friday, October 25, 2013

Jessica Lange says she’s ready to call it quits — almost. She tells Kurt Andersen that she’s poised to finish up her performing career "in a couple years." One of those Globes was for her performance the hit FX miniseries American Horror Story. Sorry, fans: next season, she says, will be her last. ...

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Show Us Your Mickey

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Here in Studio 360, we've had Mickey Mouse on the brain as we finish up an American Icons program about the Disney Parks. It seems like Mickey's iconic ears are everywhere: branded on our clothing, our dishware, even our skin. Where have you spotted Mickey recently? Share your photos ...

Slideshow: Mickey-spotting

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Seeing the Big Picture

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September Update: This is really fun, people: choosing music, location and a pianist collaborator for this recital, which is December 1. The closer I get to the event, though, the more complex these feelings of fun. I am in more command of the notes on the page, but less sure what to make of them ...

Slideshow: Michael's photo journal

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Long Story Short

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I spent a couple of weeks on a longer story but set it aside and did this one instead. It has been a challenging month in many ways. It is still very hot and humid, and we are all waiting for that first morning when the temperature is under 70 degrees. I did have fun working on this story ...

Read Linda's story for August: "Everest"

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Redesigning the Dollar Bill

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Despite a few tweaks over the years, the cash money in your pocket looks a lot like it always has, with the same all-male cast of characters. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We got to thinking: what if we redesigned American currency, Studio 360-style?

Tell us which artists you'd like to see on the new U.S. dollar bills

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Matt Damon & Diana Krall

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In this special edition of the show, Kurt Andersen talks with Elysium star Matt Damon about his track to stardom and working with the Cohen brothers. Diana Krall breathes new life into mid-century jazz standards on her album Glad Rag Doll. And Star Trek transforms the life of a college dropout.

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Battle of the High School Bands Mixtapes: Vols. I & II

Thursday, August 08, 2013

For Studio 360’s Battle of the High School Bands, we asked for the music you made between your freshman and senior years of high school — whether you graduated before we landed on the Moon or since Curiosity landed on Mars. As per usual, you didn’t disappoint.  So we made a mix of our favorites ...

Listen to the Mixtapes

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American Icons: Season 3 Preview

Friday, August 02, 2013

This September, we'll launch a new season of our award-winning documentary series American Icons. We'll look at Richard Wright's Native Son, the Disney theme parks, The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and many more great works of ...

Listen to a preview

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Write What You Know

Thursday, August 01, 2013

July Update: The process for this month's story was: use some of the work I actually do for a change, and some of the experiences I have had as a mom and write something short. I had started the story a few years ago and gave up on it. This time I persisted with it. Many yellow sticky notes ...

Read Linda's story for July: "Reduction"

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The Battle Continues on Youtube

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

About a month ago, we opened the doors of Studio 360’s Battle of the High School Bands: we asked for your band’s best original song. What could be better than homemade audio? We scoured the web and found videos from a handful of our contestants that take the music to a whole new level.

Watch the videos

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Halfway Home

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July Update: At the year’s halfway point, I’m about halfway through illustrating the poem. I had some pretty good momentum going during most of June, cranking out about a page a day, but lately I feel like I’ve been suffering from the effects of my first major obstacle: summer travel ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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Richard Wright as Bigger Thomas

Monday, July 08, 2013

Over the past year, Studio 360 has been producing new episodes of our American Icons series. I'm working on a program about Richard Wright's 1940 novel, Native Son. One of the strangest artifacts I've run into is this 7-minute video of the author himself, playing his most infamous ...

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How Does It End?

Monday, July 01, 2013

June Update: Quickly done, needs work as usual. I kept wanting to look this story up on the website so I could see how it ended, and then realized I hadn't finished it yet. I am determined to start July's story tomorrow — no more mad dashes the last week of the month. Thank you ...

Read Linda's story for June: "Mr. Q: A Memoir"

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Your Awesome High School Band Photos

Monday, June 24, 2013

As part of our celebration of high school bands, we want to see the photo that captures your glory days as a high school rock star, whether you favored grunge, emo, hip-hop, or something in between — the more self-consciously cool, the better. Submit your photo and see the other entries ...

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