Stumbling With Style

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May Update: I've always been fascinated with the idea of Northwest Coast tribes' potlatches and how they might play out in our time. I have family in Bellingham, a beautiful town, and wanted to put that in. I think the story needs work, of course, but later ... I just am not very good at straight-ahead ...

Read Linda's story for May: "Potlatch"

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

May Update: The weather has definitely made it easier to get outside and work. I have two projects in the planning phase at the moment right now — screening in our back porch and a secret gift for my husband. I am finding that it is hard to keep up with the actual doing of my resolution ...

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The Short Story That Would be a Novella

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Update: I grew up in the Eugene, Oregon area and my brothers and I sometimes discuss our tree-clad upbringing on the Siuslaw River. I wish I'd been able to develop that story as it seemed to request, but no time. Still, this thing kept wanting to become a novella. I wrestled it ...

Read Linda's story for April: "Covered Bridge"

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Remembering George Jones

Friday, April 26, 2013

George Jones, who died today at 81, talked with Studio 360 about his song "He Stopped Loving Her Today." It was chosen for preservation in 2008 in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

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The Art of Sitting Still

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April Update: It’s hard to believe I’m already four months into this project! I’m roughly one-quarter of the way through my illustrations — cranking away on the pages, but not at the pace I’d like, so I feel like I’m being haunted by this specter of “meeting quota” lately. If I want to get to my goal ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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3 for 360

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

When authors, actors, musicians, and other artists come in to Studio 360, we ask them about the art that's inspiring, even influencing their work right now. 
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Stories Bloom

Monday, April 01, 2013

March Update: The process for this story is like the others. I live in a story (in my spare time) for a few weeks and then I don't live in it and I miss it. I write notes to myself at work and come home with little yellow pieces of paper in my pockets. With any luck I'll read them before I ...

Read Linda's story for March: "Dog Heavy"

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Playlist: Remixing Spring

Friday, March 22, 2013

A couple weeks ago, we gave you a challenge: we posted a dozen bird songs recorded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and asked you to use them to create an original musical composition on the theme of Spring. We received more than 100 compositions, ranging from classical to electronica ...

Playlist: Listen to all the entries

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Vegetation Goes Vertical

Monday, March 11, 2013

In densely packed cities, green space is often hard to come by. Apartment dwellers who yearn for a whiff of nature resort to potted plants on fire escapes or roof gardens. But what if you could create forest with trees that stack on top of each other? A forest that grew up instead of out? ...

Slideshow: Vertical Forests

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The (Viral) Glass Menagerie

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Working with virologists and glassblowers, Luke Jerram creates striking and delicate representations of some of the most deadly pathogens known to man: HIV, swine flu, SARS.
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From Resolution to Sideline

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

February Update: I have so far found that working every day after work (or almost every day) is starting to seem normal. It helps me think about the story all the time, knowing I have to work on it when I get home. My friends are supportive (so far, so good). The big challenge is just ...

Read Linda's story for February: "Remedy"

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Cutting Through The Cold

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February Update: So far my first project has been going about as planned, though a bit slower than I had expected. I've been making display bookshelves for my son Ezra's room. He's a little over one, and pulls all of the books off of his traditional bookshelf when he's looking for a particular ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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Oscar Trivia: Who was the model for the Oscar statue?

Friday, February 22, 2013

At the Academy Awards, the Oscar statuette is as iconic as the gowns and the red carpet. But did you know Oscar’s name isn’t Oscar? Those broad shoulders belonged to Emilio Fernandez — a.k.a. “El Indio.” He was an actor, a screenwriter, and one of the great directors from the ...

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Wayne Coyne & Rocky and Bullwinkle

Thursday, February 21, 2013

In this Winter Pledge Special, Kurt Andersen talks with Wayne Coyne, the mastermind of the Flaming Lips, about a near-death experience. Rocky and Bullwinkle make the Cold War kid-friendly. And Whoopi Goldberg inspires a young woman to try stand-up.

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The First Page is the Hardest

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February Update: The biggest challenge of the project so far has been building up the courage to put the first lines of ink on the paper, making the drawing essentially “permanent.”  I'll be incorporating digital tools into my process later so the ink isn't absolute, but I'm really focusing on making ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress 

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Studio 360's Awards Night Bingo: Oscars Edition

Friday, February 15, 2013

Watching the Academy Awards Sunday night? Play interactive awards night bingo with Kurt! The awards shows have turned into parodies of themselves: celebrities thanking their lawyers, refusing to "wrap it up," trying to exit off the wrong side of the stage.  This year, we’re embracing the cliché ...

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Synergy: Artists Take on Ocean Science

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Each summer, the village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, swells with scientists. They come from all over the world to study the ocean and its marine life. One of those scientists, Whitney Bernstein, a PhD candidate in chemical oceanography at MIT, wanted to find new ways to help her colleagues reach ...

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Downton Abbey: Cocktails with the Crawleys

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A saga with such color, such intrigue deserves a cocktail named after everyone in it, upstairs and downstairs: The Dowager Countess (crème de violette and lemon juice), O'Brien's Revenge (whiskey and bitters) ...

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Dwight Yoakam: Live Wire

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

When Dwight Yoakam came into the studio recently, he didn’t just answer questions — he got into character, adopted regional accents, and proved he was a true student of American music history.  We’ll broadcast the segment this weekend.  But he told one story we just couldn’t wait to ...

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Staff Picks: Are We Alone in the Universe?

Monday, February 11, 2013

A couple weeks ago, we asked you a question: Are we alone in the universe? We challenged you to send us the answer in the form of an illustration. We'll reveal the winner next week. Meantime, the Studio 360 staff couldn't help choosing our own, unofficial favorites. ...

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