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 ...

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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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Can Art Spark a Discovery in the Lab?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Andre Fenton didn’t want his new neurobiology lab at New York University to look like the traditional research space: a mishmash of drab office furniture and cluttered lab benches harshly lit by rows of fluorescent lights. That’s why its core holds a 15-foot-long, one-inch-thick slab of glass. The ...

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Artists and Scientists Riff on Water

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Drink local. The artist Colin Hart has created a public art piece that lets the bravest New Yorkers sample water from the Hudson River (transformed from mucky brown to crystal clear). It's part of an exhibit called Surface Tension that focuses on water: its movement, its growing scarcity ...

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Remembering the Father of Encyclopedia Brown

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

LeRoy “Encyclopedia” Brown would have turned 50 next year, but he’ll always stay just ten years old.  All that time, he’s been solving odd mysteries for the kids of Idaville in a long-running series of childrens’ books. Encyclopedia Brown’s creator, Donald J. Sobol died last weekend ...

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Made in L.A.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Scene: Los Angeles
From KCRW's Art Talk, hosted by Edward Goldman and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

Museum director recently wrote Ann Philbin, "In recent years Los Angeles has given New York (and Paris and London and Berlin) a concerted and determined run for its money as the liveliest, and most flourishing, art capital in the world." I completely agree with this statement, but ...

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Dylan, Hendrix, Lennon: The True Believers Soundtrack

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I have a new novel coming out next week, True Believers, that isn't easy to pigeonhole. So I'll defer to the novelist Scott Turow, who describes it as "one part bildungsroman, one part political thriller and one part contemplation on age." The part that's a bildungsroman is the story of my ...

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The Truth: Redefining Radio Drama

Monday, June 25, 2012

A couple of years ago, Kurt wrote a short story for a collection edited by Neil Gaiman — his first work of science fiction. "Human Intelligence" is featured this week on The Truth, a fiction podcast that uses improvisation, recording on location, and top-notch sound design to redefine ...

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Hacking Into the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Monday, June 11, 2012

For centuries, artists have come to art museums, set up camp in the corner of a gallery, and sketched the artwork on the walls. Earlier this month, 23 artists used cutting-edge technologies (including 3-D printers and modeling software) to put their own spin on some of the masterworks at the ...

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