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.
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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?
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.
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 ...
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. ...
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.
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...