And the Oscar for Worst Award Show Goes To...

Sunday, March 02, 2014

We ended up again with awards that were all expected, except Best Picture -- we were betting on Gravity, as it seemed to have all the perfect elements for the top Academy Award: action, suspense, accessibility, emotion and uplift.

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Jessica Lange & Leaves of Grass

Saturday, March 01, 2014

In this special edition of the show, Kurt talks with Jessica Lange talks about the thrill of playing an evil witch on American Horror Story. We learn how Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, a radical, polyamorous book of poems became an American Icon. And an artist paints combat scenes in Iraq after being inspired by Winslow Homer's Civil War paintings.

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Scary Shorts Starring Shorties

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

We challenged you to shoot a 30-second horror film to be judged by Wes Craven, the scariest guy around. The entries are pouring in, including a handful by or for kids that have us terrified. Watch them here.

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Studio 360 Goes to the Oscars

Friday, February 21, 2014

You held your breath during Gravity. You grimaced through The Wolf of Wall Street. But do you know what drives this year’s crop of Oscar-nominated actors, directors, and films? Studio 360 has you covered.

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Ghetto Brothers: Latin Garage Rock

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In the 1960s, a group of guys in the Bronx were inspired by the Black Panthers and Puerto Rican nationalism to organize. They were called the Ghetto Brothers, and when they weren't playing music, they were operating as a gang under the same name. Benjy Melendez was a teenager ...

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American Icons: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Monday, February 10, 2014

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him.  Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.

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Spark Quotes: The Words That Inspire Your Creativity

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sometimes it just takes a couple wise words to inspire our curiosity and creativity. We jot quotes down in notebooks and on post-it notes; we carry them in our wallets, use them in wedding toasts, and share them with our friends. Studio 360 wants to share some of your favorite quotes on the air ...

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Science Goes to the Movies: Her

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

From Science Friday's series "Science Goes to the Movies"

Could you fall in love — develop a real relationship — with a computer?  In Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated movie Her, a lonely Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls hard for his operating system. Part of the film’s power is that its premise isn’t so improbable ...

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Chris Stroffolino's Piano Van

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Scene: Los Angeles
From The Organist, KCRW's podcast with The Believer magazine

Chris Stroffolino is a Shakespearean scholar and a former member of the band Silver Jews. But these days, he lives in a 1983 Ford Econoline van which is retro-fitted with a piano in the back. He’ll drive around town, invite musicians in to play, or just open the side doors to give a ...

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Oscar Nominations Can’t Help But Please, Disappoint

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Our man Oscar played it safe again this year. It’s doubtful too many people will take issue with Gravity (a hugely successful drama with innovative film techniques) and American Hustle (a hugely commercial drama with great performances) leading the pack of nominations with ten ...

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Exclusive Videos: Neneh Cherry Is Back

Monday, January 13, 2014

Neneh Cherry has floated between underground acclaim and pop stardom. She’s gone decades without releasing an album, but when she does, it matters. But Blank Project (coming in February), produced by Four Tet, is a soul record that will rip your eardrums a new one.

Videos: "Weightless" and "Blank Project" (live)

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Matthew McConaughey: The Quiz

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

When the actor came in to the studio, Kurt Andersen knew there wasn’t time to ask him about his entire ouvre. So instead he did a free-association interview. Can you match the movie titles with McConaughey’s descriptions?

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At The Finishing Lines

Monday, January 06, 2014

December Update: Here is the last story, titled "Meteorology". It is getting there, but needs a real going-over. I look forward to a lot of rewriting in the new year. Thanks for all your support. I hope your new year is full of rewarding experiences ...

Read Linda's short story for December: “Meteorology”

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Studio 360's Awards Night Bingo: 2014 Golden Globes

Monday, January 06, 2014

Watching the Golden Globes 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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Video: Inking an Epic

Monday, December 30, 2013

Charlie Capp pledged to draw a comic book adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 2013, and he’s poised to finish it. At 144 illustrated pages, that's about one page per stanza.

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Studio 360 Parties in 3D: featuring Javelin

Monday, December 23, 2013

3D printers make it possible to print almost anything. So we wanted to see what our listeners might do with this new technology, so we teamed up with the 3D printer maker MakerBot to give them a challenge: to create a holiday ornament. Last week, we threw a party in WNYC's Greene ...

Video: Javelin, "Airfield" (live)

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Ben Stiller Can Shred (sort of)

Friday, December 20, 2013

“I grew up in New York and skateboarded as a kid,” he says. Stiller does his own skateboarding in his new film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

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2014: Creative New Year's Resolutions

Monday, December 09, 2013

What’s the creative project you’ve been meaning to bite off for years? Finishing your novel? Learning how to play an instrument? Or maybe it’s more of a creative challenge: writing a poem a day or painting 365 portraits. Let’s make 2014 the year to get it done!  And we’re here to help.

Submit your 2014 creative New Year's resolution

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Greta Gerwig’s Musical Crush

Monday, December 09, 2013

Greta Gerwig, the face of mumblecore and the star and co-writer of Frances Ha, recently stopped by the studio to talk about the newest-oldest trend in movies: black-and-white. As is 360’s custom, after the interview, I asked her to leave a souvenir in the form of a cultural snapshot. ...

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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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