Derek John

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China Made Your TV. Can It Make Your TV Shows?

Friday, February 03, 2012

Last month, Chinese President Hu Jintao announced that his government was investing heavily in homegrown, exportable cultural programming. And yet, just days later, the government shut down two-thirds of its domestic satellite television shows for undermining Chinese values. ...

Video: Hunan Satellite TV’s Spring Festival Gala

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Garage Inventors

Friday, January 27, 2012

All over the country, amazing science is happening without institutional or government funding. We visit inventors working in garages, basements, even a Quonset hut on a farm. Rachel Zimmerman works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, but she was an amateur inventor first ...

Video: Frank Polifka's "Tornado in a Can"

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Iran Cracks Down on Film

Friday, January 20, 2012

Despite success abroad, the Iranian film industry is in serious trouble with the government. Prominent directors have been jailed, and last week the government shut down the House of Cinema, Iran's largest independent film institute. Filmmaker Rafi Pitts believes the industry "has been pushed ...


Mitt Romney, American Dad

Friday, January 13, 2012

As Mitt Romney wraps up his audition to be the Republican nominee, he looks increasingly in control of everything but his image. The problem, according to New York film critic David Edelstein, is that Romney fits the role of President too well. “If you were a casting director and you ...

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Big in 2012: Our Predictions

Friday, January 06, 2012

Kurt Andersen notes that we're in an age of flux and paralysis at the same time. In entertainment, we yearn for authenticity — but ten million of us watch the Kardashians every week. Where do we go from here? Playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick and Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams help ...

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Encyclopedia Brown

Friday, December 23, 2011

Forty-eight years ago, Donald J. Sobol put sneakers on Sherlock Holmes and set him in small-town America. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John ...


This Must Be the Playlist: David Byrne's iPod Picks

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

There is no shortage of 2011 year-end playlists, but few are as trustworthy as what's currently on David Byrne's iPod. The former Talking Heads front man sat down with Kurt Andersen this week to talk about the new Talking Heads: Chronology DVD, a collection of rare ...

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Kurt Andersen on the Year of 'The Protester'

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This morning, TIME announced 2011's Person of the Year: The Protester.
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Harold O'Neal's Marvelous Fantasy

Friday, December 02, 2011

A few hundred years ago, classical pianists would impress audiences by original cadenzas in the middle of a concerto — riffing, we would say now. Now improvisation is firmly in the realm of jazz. But a new record called Marvelous Fantasy explores the connection between jazz and classical ...

Video: O'Neal performs "Marvelous Fantasy," "The Lovers," and breakdances in the studio

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Romare Bearden: an Artist in Winter

Friday, December 02, 2011

The centennial of Romare Bearden’s birth is being celebrated by a number of museums this year and early in 2012. Probably the most famous African-American visual artist of the 20th century, Bearden was best known for a singular approach to collage art that incorporated scraps of wallpaper ...

Slideshow: Romare Bearden in his Studio

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David Cronenberg

Friday, November 18, 2011

David Cronenberg is best known for films like The Fly, The Dead Zone, Dead Ringers and A History of Violence. They can be shocking, violent, and gory — but they’re also unmistakably personal films that make you think while you’re squirming in your seat. Cronenberg’s new film is a straightforward historical drama. ...

Bonus Track: Cronenberg's horror debut

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Craig Marks: I Want My MTV

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thirty years ago, hardly anyone knew what a music video was. On the night MTV was launched, its founders — a ragtag bunch of music fans and rookie television execs — had to take a bus from Manhattan to New Jersey to watch the broadcast, because no New York cable company carried the fledgling channel ...

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Amazon Moves Into Publishing

Friday, October 21, 2011

Last week Amazon had its second Campfire conference, bringing a group of writers together for an under-the-radar gathering in Santa Fe, NM. Kurt Andersen attended last year, and he felt the company was trying to soften up the literary establishment as it moves toward publishing. In recent months ...

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Jaron Lanier: You Are Not a Gadget

Friday, October 07, 2011

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, philosopher, and author of the manifesto You Are Not A Gadget. “The thing about information is that it can hypnotize you. It can make you think you're wise, when you aren't,” he tells Kurt Andersen. “And as long as you have a dose of self–skepticism ...

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Friday, October 07, 2011

In the last year the Federal Trade Commission announced they were considering a DO NOT TRACK list — web users could click and sign up for greater anonymity, to hide from online marketers. The technology that makes all this possible? Cookies. “’Cookies’ are by far the most controversial and misunderstood thing that I’ve ever invented,” ...


DC Comics Overhauls Superheroes

Friday, September 23, 2011

With the proliferation of big-budget superhero movies, it’s easy to forget about the pulpy comic books on which the characters are based.  But it seems many people have: sales of comics are way down.  As fanboys have become fanmen, publishers are desperate to find new — and younger — readers ...

Slideshow: Inside Bergen Street Comics and the "New 52"

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Museum Cancels Exhibit of Palestinian Kids’ Art

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is back on the front pages this week. The Palestinian Authority is seeking admission as a member state to the United Nations and emotions are running high — even about an exhibit at a tiny museum in Oakland, California. This weekend, the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) planned to open an exhibition ...

Slideshow: Work from “A Child’s View from Gaza”

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Women Take Over Primetime TV

Friday, September 16, 2011

The new fall TV season is upon us and there's a not so subtle subtext: women rule. The primetime lineup is dominated by new half-hour comedies featuring women in the lead roles, including HBO's much anticipated Girls and network sitcoms New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel (FOX), Two Broke Girls (CBS) and Whitney (NBC). ...

Video: Promo for New Girl

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Friday, August 26, 2011

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him.  Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.

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Public Art vs. the Public in Indianapolis

Friday, August 19, 2011

A work of public art is causing a stir in Indianapolis — and it hasn’t even gone up yet. The dispute involves a monument of a freed slave that was supposed to be placed in downtown Indianapolis. The work, “E Pluribus Unum,” is by the celebrated African-American artist Fred Wilson ...

Slideshow: Fred Wilson's “E Pluribus Unum”

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