Matt Damon & Diana Krall

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In this special edition of the show, Kurt Andersen talks with Elysium star Matt Damon about his track to stardom and working with the Cohen brothers. Diana Krall breathes new life into mid-century jazz standards on her album Glad Rag Doll. And Star Trek transforms the life of a college dropout.

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Battle of the High School Bands Mixtapes: Vols. I & II

Thursday, August 08, 2013

For Studio 360’s Battle of the High School Bands, we asked for the music you made between your freshman and senior years of high school — whether you graduated before we landed on the Moon or since Curiosity landed on Mars. As per usual, you didn’t disappoint.  So we made a mix of our favorites ...

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American Icons: Season 3 Preview

Friday, August 02, 2013

This September, we'll launch a new season of our award-winning documentary series American Icons. We'll look at Richard Wright's Native Son, the Disney theme parks, The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and many more great works of ...

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Write What You Know

Thursday, August 01, 2013

July Update: The process for this month's story was: use some of the work I actually do for a change, and some of the experiences I have had as a mom and write something short. I had started the story a few years ago and gave up on it. This time I persisted with it. Many yellow sticky notes ...

Read Linda's story for July: "Reduction"

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The Battle Continues on Youtube

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

About a month ago, we opened the doors of Studio 360’s Battle of the High School Bands: we asked for your band’s best original song. What could be better than homemade audio? We scoured the web and found videos from a handful of our contestants that take the music to a whole new level.

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Halfway Home

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July Update: At the year’s halfway point, I’m about halfway through illustrating the poem. I had some pretty good momentum going during most of June, cranking out about a page a day, but lately I feel like I’ve been suffering from the effects of my first major obstacle: summer travel ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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Richard Wright as Bigger Thomas

Monday, July 08, 2013

Over the past year, Studio 360 has been producing new episodes of our American Icons series. I'm working on a program about Richard Wright's 1940 novel, Native Son. One of the strangest artifacts I've run into is this 7-minute video of the author himself, playing his most infamous ...

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How Does It End?

Monday, July 01, 2013

June Update: Quickly done, needs work as usual. I kept wanting to look this story up on the website so I could see how it ended, and then realized I hadn't finished it yet. I am determined to start July's story tomorrow — no more mad dashes the last week of the month. Thank you ...

Read Linda's story for June: "Mr. Q: A Memoir"

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Your Awesome High School Band Photos

Monday, June 24, 2013

As part of our celebration of high school bands, we want to see the photo that captures your glory days as a high school rock star, whether you favored grunge, emo, hip-hop, or something in between — the more self-consciously cool, the better. Submit your photo and see the other entries ...

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The Teacher Goes Back to School

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June Update: Choosing the music has been so confusing. After deciding to tackle an entire chronology of the cello, I quickly realized how much work that would be. I decided to take some cello lessons. Crazy, huh? I mean, that I could even be a cellist without taking any lessons for the last ten ...

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The 10 Best High School Band Names

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Submissions are pouring in to our Battle of the High School Bands contest. We're digging the competitors’ earnest, lo-fi tunes. But we're really getting a kick out of their bands' inventive names. You know a band called The Walking Dead Don't Eat Brains is going to rock hard. We extended the call ...

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Exclusive: Foxygen, "Cosmic Vibrations" (live video)

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

A couple hours before their recent show at New York's Mercury Lounge, we caught up with Foxygen's Sam France and Jonathan Rado on a playground across the street from the venue. They played an acoustic version of their new song “Cosmic Vibrations.” And they told the story of how they gave ...

Video: "Cosmic Vibrations"

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Foxygen: Ambassadors of Peace, Magic, & Really Good Music

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

“On Blue Mountain, God will save us. Put the pieces back together." So sings Sam France, frontman of the young, psychedelic rock band Foxygen. ”Blue Mountain” is a track on their killer album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. Maybe "Blue Mountain" is based on some real ...

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Studio 360's Battle of the High School Bands

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hey, we love your band. Seriously. And we want to share it with the world. Send your high school band’s best song to Studio 360’s Battle of the High School Bands. We’re teaming up with Andrew W.K. and Thao Nguyen to rock your summer.

Submit your song to Studio 360’s Battle of the High School Bands

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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: I’m 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.
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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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