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.

Submit your 2013 creative New Year's resolution

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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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Hipster Halloween 2012: Canine Edition

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's that time of year again: when American spend more that $300 million on Halloween costumes for their pets. Last weekend, Studio 360's Josh Rogosin headed over to New York City's oldest dog run for the 22nd annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. ...

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Why Do We Blush? and Other Scientific Mysteries

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What is antimatter? Why do we age? How do migrating animals find their way back home? These are some of the 75 questions answered in The Where, the Why, and the How. More than a technical Q&A, the answers in this book come from both scientists and artists. ...

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Listener Challenge: Jingles for Obama and Romney

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Back in the days of “I Like Ike,” presidential candidates hired Madison Avenue ad men to come up with winning jingles.  These days, campaign ads are all message, no flare.  We want you to come up with an original jingle for one or more of the presidential candidates.

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Wish You Were Here: David Byrne and St. Vincent

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

St. Vincent and David Byrne didn’t immediately seem like the most natural pairing. On stage in New York, though, the two activated wonder-twin powers to put on one of the best shows in recent memory. This is a pair that knows a thing or two about theatricality. The horn section didn’t just ...

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Why Watching Simpsons Reruns Is Good For You

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Scene: Concord
From New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth, hosted by Virginia Prescott

There's something comforting about diving into a Sunday afternoon Law and Order marathon or old episodes of The Simpsons. Now a study reveals that watching reruns doesn’t only kill time, it may actually improve your self-control. Jaye Derrick of the University of Buffalo has found ...

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Planning for the Next 10,000 Years

Friday, September 21, 2012

Stewart Brand is an ambitious septuagenarian. The writer and environmental activist’s most recent project sounds like something out of Jurassic Park: he wants to bring back the extinct passenger pigeon. Brand is probably best-know as the editor of the landmark Whole Earth Catalog, a counter-culture ...

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Undoing Creativity: The Hidden Hazards of Control-Z

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Zack Booth Simpson — a computational molecular biologist at the University of Texas in Austin, a software engineer, and a digital artist — uses the undo button all the time. But he sometimes wonders whether it’s helping his creativity or hindering it. One of Booth Simpson’s most well known ...

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Growing Up in City Heights

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Scene: San Diego
From Culture Lust, a blog from KPBS in San Diego, hosted by Angela Carone

Margaret Noble grew up in City Heights in the early 1980s, at a time when every neighborhood liquor store had a video game, the sounds spilling out onto the street. Her mixed-media art installation “44th and Landis” is named after the City Heights intersection where she grew up ...

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3D Sound & Mormons on Broadway

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Kurt Andersen gets a sneak preview of the next big thing in entertainment: 3D sound. Robert Lopez, the composer and co-creator of the hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, sits down at the piano to deconstruct the show. Plus we uncover the secret life of the jazz bandleader Ina Ray Hutton.

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DJ /rupture Remix Challenge

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

We want you to take the stems to "L'Avion," by Nettle (DJ /rupture's band project), and create your own remix — he'll choose the winning remix and we'll play it on the show. The deadline to be considered for our contest is Sunday, September 2 at 11:59 EDT.  Details here ...

Enter the DJ /rupture Remix Challenge

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Game of Thrones: How to Speak Dothraki

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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

As it tries to keep up with increasingly savvy audiences, Hollywood hires experts to bring authenticity to its films and television shows — from the set design, to the costumes, to the language used. But how do you make sci-fi and fantasy sound authentic? The HBO series Game of Thrones hired a linguist ...

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Fuzzy Novel: Studio 360's Cocktail Challenge

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Kurt Andersen noticed that just about every book by F. Scott Fitzgerald book could be a cocktail: The Great Gatsby — something with gin and bitters. This Side of Paradise — pink, with an umbrella. We want you to send us an original recipe for a new cocktail named after a classic work of literature ...

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Gore Vidal: Fighting Words

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

My first experiences of Gore Vidal were not his writing, but as a pop cultural performer playing himself on television. When I was a little kid, he was a regular on late-night talk shows, chatting with Johnny Carson and then Dick Cavett about '60s politics and culture and ...

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