Jenny Lawton

A proud native of the Second City, producer Jenny Lawton joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons specials on the Disney parks and I Love Lucy, lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. She also serves as the managing editor of studio360.org and coordinates the show's internship program. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.

Jenny Lawton appears in the following:

Tracy K. Smith: Life on Mars

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet found inspiration in the sci-fi visions of David Bowie.

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The Creator of “Black Mirror” Likes to Be Feverish, Paranoid, and Angry

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The creator of “Black Mirror” explains how his own ambivalence about technology drives his TV nightmares.

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New Year’s Resolution: Having a Good Sense of Tumor

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Joseph Riedel’s dreams of becoming a screenwriter were interrupted by a cancer diagnosis — so he’s turning his illness into material for a web series.

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Black Mirror: Coming to America

Monday, February 02, 2015

Fans of Black Mirror rejoice: a US adaptation is in the works. But unlike House of Cards, the series may look nothing like its UK original.
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New Year’s Resolution: A DJ Gets Back on the Mic

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Maria Thornton quit reggae, started a family, and moved to Ohio. But this year, she’s ready to get back into the game.

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Glenn Close: Strong Women Aren’t Evil

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Over a prolific career, Glenn Close has specialized in portraying powerful female characters that don’t need you to like them.

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Aha Moment: Lee Ann Womack

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sometimes a song on the radio can change your life. How “I Hope You Dance” saved one woman from a very expensive mistake.

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New Year’s Resolution: 700 Snippets of Wisdom

Thursday, January 15, 2015

For his creative New Year’s Resolution, a special effects pro wants to rediscover his talent for calligraphy.

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Aha Moment: Jane Austen & Clueless

Thursday, January 08, 2015

A TV writer learned about love — and how to write a great love story — from the novels of Jane Austen.

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How a Happy Ending Ruined Pygmalion

Thursday, December 25, 2014

We mostly think of George Bernard Shaw’s "Pygmalion" as the basis for the musical "My Fair Lady." But Shaw’s play was a feminist tract, not a highbrow rom-com.  

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New Year’s Resolution: Form a Band, Play a Gig

Thursday, December 04, 2014

All year, we’ve been following Gabriel Walker’s progress in his creative resolution to form a band. Now the real test is coming up: their first performance.

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American Icons: The Disney Parks

Friday, November 28, 2014

Walt Disney didn't just want a theme park — he wanted to create a scale model of a uniquely American utopia. 

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Jon Stewart on Filmmaking, Chicken, and the Future of "The Daily Show"

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Rosewater," which opens today, stems from an actual "Daily Show" story, and Stewart says that directing a Middle East thriller isn’t that different from writing jokes about the news.

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Aha Moment: Bono and Belly Dancing

Friday, October 31, 2014

She gave up ballet, but Yillah Natalie discovered her life’s work in U2’s “Mysterious Ways”: belly dancing.

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New Year’s Resolution: Comedy Is a Dream Deferred, For Now

Friday, October 03, 2014

One of our listeners made a creative resolution to make 2014 the year she returned to stand-up comedy. The verdict? There’s always 2015. 

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How a Happy Ending Ruined Pygmalion

Friday, June 27, 2014

We mostly think of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion as the basis for the musical My Fair Lady. But Shaw was trying to write a feminist tract, not a rom-com.

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Disney Princess Wants to Kick Butt, Suck Blood

Friday, May 30, 2014

She’s been acclaimed in serious roles in Caroline, or Change, and now as an aspiring doctor in A Raisin in the Sun. She’s played a Disney princess. But Anika Noni Rose would like to add to her resume: a superhero would be great, but she’d happily play the supervillain.

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James Lapine Writes His Next Act

Friday, May 30, 2014

Writer-director James Lapine made it big on Broadway in the 1980s working with Stephen Sondheim. Now he’s written a Tony-nominated play about another upstart who rode a legend’s coattails in Broadway’s 1930s heyday.

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Julian Lage: The Prodigy Grows Up

Friday, May 30, 2014

Julian Lage started playing guitar at five, and traded solos with Santana at eight. There was even a documentary made about him. Now, at 26, he’s finally coming out with a solo record.

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Team Work Makes the Dream Work

Friday, May 09, 2014

One of our listeners, Gabriel Walker, made a New Year’s resolution to kick his music career into a higher gear. His biggest step: moving from a tiny town in Kentucky to the richer music and nightlife scene in Louisville. He visited Louisville to scope out his prospects and meet his long-distance songwriting partner in person.

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