Derek John

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About that "Negro dialect"...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in political hot water this week for past remarks he made about President Obama's race. According to the new book Game Change, Reid encouraged Obama's run for the White House, in part, because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, ...

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Encyclopedia Brown

Friday, December 25, 2009

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.


360 Staff Pick: Brazil via Minnesota

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The hottest music out of Brazil at the moment might actually be from Minnesota.  On Rádio do Canibal, Twin City beat-makers BK-One and Benzilla have crafted one of the most musical hip-hop records of the year.  As the title indicates, the American DJs cannibalized a slew of records gathered on a recent trip to Brazil.  Dirty salsa beats mix with Tropicália melodies in a seamless 19-track excursion from the City of God to the beaches of Ipanema.  It helps that the roster of guest hip-hop talent includes such stellar wordsmiths as Black Thought, Murs, and Raekwon.

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Aha Moment: Billy Squier

Friday, October 23, 2009

Indie rocker Mitch Davis recently got to collaborate with his childhood idol: 80's guitar hero Billy Squier. Davis performs as Orba Squara -- his new album features Squier and brings everything full circle. Produced by Studio 360's Derek ...


What Does it Mean to Sound Black?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Black is not just a skin color; it's a quality of voice. Sarah Jones, the Tony Award-winning performer, talks with linguist John McWhorter about what it means to sound black today. They look at how Barack Obama has used his "blaccent" to drive audiences wild. Produced ...

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Design for the Real World: Sticky Fingers

Friday, August 07, 2009

Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister's favorite album cover of all time is one of Warhol's notorious designs: The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers, with the fully operational zipper. Produced by Derek John. And Cale reveals Warhol's inspiration for the Velvet Underground's signature banana cover.

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Desert Hot Rods

Friday, May 15, 2009

Gene Winfield has been creating futuristic cars for nearly 50 years, including the vehicles in "Blade Runner" and the Delorean in "Back to the Future." At 82, he's still working. Studio 360’s Derek John headed into the Mojave Desert to see Winfield's custom hot rod ...

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No Particular Place to Go

Monday, April 27, 2009

'No Particular Place to Go' as Chuck Berry sang in 1964 is as good a metaphor as any to describe the current plight of the U.S. auto industry. It was just announced that the once mighty Pontiac is no more, and at least two of the Big Three are in serious danger of being relegated to museum status. Ironically, a museum is where I recently saw an exhibit celebrating General Motors' 100th (and perhaps final?) anniversary.

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Low Riders

Friday, April 24, 2009

At the Dub Magazine car show at the L.A. Convention Center, photographer Jae Bueno introduces us to the customizers behind tricked-out Cadillac Coupes and fancy pin-stripes. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John and Ave Carrillo.


Big Boy Drive-In

Friday, April 24, 2009

It's like an amazing ad hoc auto museum, with open hoods and idling engines. Every week hundreds of car nuts gather at this diner parking lot in Burbank, CA to show off their big, beautiful, all-American machines. Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.


Piano Man

Friday, March 27, 2009

Kurt's brother David Andersen went to L.A. to pursue rock n' roll thirty years ago, but today he's one of the top piano technicians in southern California. Now rock stars are his clients, along with film composers and jazz musicians. Produced by Studio 360's Derek ...

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The Piano Doctor

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kurt's brother David Andersen is one of the top piano technicians in Southern California -- he's also an accomplished rock n' roller (and a total ringer for The Dude from 'The Big Lebowski' ). Kurt visited him at home in Malibu and at work on the pianos of some leading lights in jazz and film composition.

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New BLK JKS song! "Banna Ba Modimo"

Thursday, March 12, 2009

When Studio 360 recently caught up with the up-and-coming BLK JKS in Los Angeles we stumbled onto a bit of a musical scoop. Hanging out "back-stage" with the South African band before their show at the LA Natural History Museum, we were fortunate enough to hear a brand new unreleased song from their forthcoming full-length (expected this summer).

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Panorama Kid

Friday, January 16, 2009

Stephen Talasnik's drawings, on view now at the Queens Museum, are detailed blueprints of fantastical architecture. They're inspired by the museum's Panorama - a meticulous scale model of New York City. Produced by Eric Molinsky and Derek John.

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Brother from Another Planet

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sun Ra was from Alabama - or from Saturn - depending on who you ask. He’s not the only musician to ride on the Mothership Connection. As professor Tricia Rose points out, the Afro-futurist urge to escape Earth continues to this day. Produced by Studio 360's ...

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The Day After

Friday, November 07, 2008

Exactly 25 years ago this month, the largest audience ever for a TV movie tuned to ABC to watch a simulated nuclear holocaust. “The Day After” focused on a group of survivors in the heartland of Kansas. Studio 360's Derek John grew up nearby. He ...

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Sounding Black

Friday, October 24, 2008

Black is not just a skin color; it’s a quality of voice. Sarah Jones, the Tony Award-winning performer, talks with linguist John McWhorter about what it means to sound black today. They look at how Barack Obama has used “blaccent” to drive audiences wild. ...

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Design for the Real World: Interstate Signs

Friday, October 17, 2008

On America’s first highways, road signs were hand-painted on wood. When interstates became standardized, so did the typeface. But in all sorts of conditions it still looks fuzzy. Designer Don Meeker helped bring signage back into focus. Produced by Derek John.

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Destination: Omaha

Friday, May 30, 2008

Kurt heads back to his hometown. No longer just beef and Warren Buffett, Kurt finds a vibrant indie rock, film, and visual arts scene there. Artists, politicians and philanthropists –- including filmmaker Alexander Payne and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst –- tell ...

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Aha Moment: Mission of Burma

Friday, May 23, 2008

Danny Sagan, a listener, grew up in New Jersey listening to arena rock. One night, he tagged along to a grimy club across the river in Manhattan for an ear-splitting punk rock concert -- and it set him on the path to being an architect. ...

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