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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Stories Bloom

Monday, April 01, 2013

March Update: The process for this story is like the others. I live in a story (in my spare time) for a few weeks and then I don't live in it and I miss it. I write notes to myself at work and come home with little yellow pieces of paper in my pockets. With any luck I'll read them before I ...

Read Linda's story for March: "Dog Heavy"

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Playlist: Remixing Spring

Friday, March 22, 2013

A couple weeks ago, we gave you a challenge: we posted a dozen bird songs recorded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and asked you to use them to create an original musical composition on the theme of Spring. We received more than 100 compositions, ranging from classical to electronica ...

Playlist: Listen to all the entries

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Vegetation Goes Vertical

Monday, March 11, 2013

In densely packed cities, green space is often hard to come by. Apartment dwellers who yearn for a whiff of nature resort to potted plants on fire escapes or roof gardens. But what if you could create forest with trees that stack on top of each other? A forest that grew up instead of out? ...

Slideshow: Vertical Forests

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The (Viral) Glass Menagerie

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Working with virologists and glassblowers, Luke Jerram creates striking and delicate representations of some of the most deadly pathogens known to man: HIV, swine flu, SARS.
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From Resolution to Sideline

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

February Update: I have so far found that working every day after work (or almost every day) is starting to seem normal. It helps me think about the story all the time, knowing I have to work on it when I get home. My friends are supportive (so far, so good). The big challenge is just ...

Read Linda's story for February: "Remedy"

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Cutting Through The Cold

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February Update: So far my first project has been going about as planned, though a bit slower than I had expected. I've been making display bookshelves for my son Ezra's room. He's a little over one, and pulls all of the books off of his traditional bookshelf when he's looking for a particular ...

Slideshow: Work in Progress

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Oscar Trivia: Who was the model for the Oscar statue?

Friday, February 22, 2013

At the Academy Awards, the Oscar statuette is as iconic as the gowns and the red carpet. But did you know Oscar’s name isn’t Oscar? Those broad shoulders belonged to Emilio Fernandez — a.k.a. “El Indio.” He was an actor, a screenwriter, and one of the great directors from the ...

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Wayne Coyne & Rocky and Bullwinkle

Thursday, February 21, 2013

In this Winter Pledge Special, Kurt Andersen talks with Wayne Coyne, the mastermind of the Flaming Lips, about a near-death experience. Rocky and Bullwinkle make the Cold War kid-friendly. And Whoopi Goldberg inspires a young woman to try stand-up.

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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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