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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Amanda Palmer: Kickstarting Controversy

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Amanda Palmer knows how to use the internet. She was the first musician to raise over a million dollars on Kickstarter last year to record and release Theatre Is Evil, which debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard chart with no music industry backing.

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The NFL Gone Literary

Saturday, February 02, 2013

We asked you to come up with literary-themed names for the NFL teams. As usual, you didn't disappoint.

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Hey! Ho! Let's Poe! Remixing NFL Names

Monday, January 28, 2013

I am an English major and a fan of professional football. So for this year’s Super Bowl, it will come as no surprise that I'm rooting for the Baltimore Ravens, the only team in the NFL named for a poem. In the spirit of literature and gridiron, I want to re-name all the NFL franchises. ...

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Listener Challenge: Are We Alone in the Universe?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

For all of our scientific advances, there are still many questions that remain unanswered. In the new book The Where, the Why, and the How, artists take a stab at explaining those mysteries. Now we’ve got one for you: Are we alone in the universe? Your challenge is to answer the question in an illustration ...

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Studio 360's Awards Night Bingo: Golden Globes Edition

Monday, January 07, 2013

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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Best of 2012: 360 Behind the Scenes

Thursday, December 27, 2012

This year, Studio 360 redesigned teachers, profiled up-and-coming stars of the music world, and featured hundreds of works of art made by you. Our cup runneth over with great tape. The staff assembled this list of our favorite moments from 2012 — the segments we liked working on and listening ...

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Lois Lowry Confirms Jeff Bridges to Film The Giver

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lois Lowry's incredibly popular series for young adults hits the big screen, starring Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, and Meryl Streep. Watch the trailer.

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Our Favorite Photo Remixes

Friday, December 14, 2012

A few weeks ago, we launched a new listener challenge involving photography: we asked you to use ten elements provided by photographers Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor to create a photomontage. You answered the call by sending us more than 600 original compositions. They will be back on the show ...

Slideshow: The Studio 360 staff's favorite photo remixes

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Music Video: Our Rendition of Beck's "Saint Dude"

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Beck’s new album isn’t what you’d expect. There’s no CD, no .mp3s, or vinyl. So how’s it being released? Sheet music. Kurt's conversation with Beck will be online early next week. As we were getting ready for the interview, we had an idea: What if we put together a band to play some of the sheet music?

Video: Kurt Andersen & radio friends perform "Saint Dude"

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2013: Creative New Year's Resolutions

Thursday, December 13, 2012

What’s the creative project you’ve been meaning to bite off for years?  Finishing your novel?  Or maybe it’s more of a creative challenge: writing a poem a day. Watching Kurosawa — every Kurosawa.  Let’s make 2013 the year to get it done!  And we’re here to help.

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Track 16's Last Stop: Iconic Gallery to Become Train Station

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Scene: Los Angeles
From KCRW's Which Way LA, hosted by Warren Olney

It’s a sad irony for those of us who crave more mass transit that a special spot has to fall to make way for the Expo Line. Wine-sipping, art-loving visitors have flocked to the galleries at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica for nearly 20 years. But the building that houses the massive ...

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Argo: From Classified CIA Files to Hollywood Movie

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The Scene: Los Angeles
From KCRW's The Business, hosted by Kim Masters

David Klawans is a little-known producer whose approach to finding true stories for Hollywood movies is reminiscent of a detective piecing together parts of a puzzle. Klawans discovered the true story of Argo back in the late 1990's when the CIA mission was first declassified by Clinton. ...

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Listener Challenge: Photo Remix

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor have made distinguished careers out of manipulating images: he's an old-school darkroom guy, while she's embraced the computer. For this challenge, they have ten images for you to remix into an original composition, any way you like.

→ Download the images and submit your composition

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Philadelphia Orchestra Warms Up for Critical Season

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The Scene: Philadelphia
From NewsWorks, the online home of WHYY News

Having just emerged from bankruptcy, with a $25 million fundraising gap, the Philadelphia Orchestra is striding into the 2012-2013 season with ambitious enthusiasm — much of it is propped up by the arrival of its new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The young ...

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