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:

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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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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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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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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Aha Moment: Mary Karr's "Entering the Kingdom"

Friday, May 09, 2014

Ten years ago, Beth Greenspan put a poem in her wallet that she’s carried ever since. Her son was just on the verge of adolescence, and she was wistful. “I noticed that his wrists were starting to get thicker, his hands were starting to look bigger. His hand was almost the size of my own hand.”

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Map: Louie's New York City

Monday, May 05, 2014

From Ben's Pizza to Russ & Daughters, to a subway platform below Grand Central Terminal, help us map out where to find Louie by telling us a location you've seen in the series.

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James Lipton Picks Your Best Collective Nouns

Friday, May 02, 2014

Fill in the blank: a school of fish, a murder of crows … a _____ of hipsters? James Lipton, host of Inside the Actors Studio and the authority on "collective nouns," chooses the best ones submitted by listeners. (He and Kurt Andersen make up a babble of interviewers.)

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Aha Moment: I Am Hamlet

Friday, April 04, 2014

As a teenager, Jeff House watched Christopher Plummer play Hamlet on TV with his big sister, who was enthralled; House was nonplussed. “The language didn't make sense,” he remembers. And the hero was all doom and gloom, consumed by questions about the nature of existence ...

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American Icons: I Love Lucy

Friday, March 28, 2014

It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy's weekly antics and humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy: from Desperate Housewives to 30 Rock — writers can’t live without Lucy.

Bonus Track: Mindy Kaling Hearts Ricky

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Gene Luen Yang’s Chinese Superheroes

Friday, March 21, 2014

Boxers & Saints by the graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang tells the story of China’s Boxer Rebellion in vivid, explosive color. In the year 1900, peasants violently rejected Western businesspeople and Christian missionaries in their country. The Boxers, as they were called ...

Slideshow: Inside the book

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Aha Moment: Madonna’s “Live to Tell”

Friday, March 14, 2014

Holly Welker was already doubting her Mormon faith when she went on her mission to Taiwan. She found herself in a strange city with few friends, suffering from a crisis of faith as well as symptoms of depression. She found an unlikely source of solace during a visit to a night market. ...

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New Year’s Resolution: Move to the City, Start a Band

Friday, March 07, 2014

What is the creative project you want to tackle in 2014? Gabriel Walker, from Maysville, Kentucky, has played guitar for 40 years. But his music got sidelined by a career in sound design, producing other peoples’ music instead of performing his own. “I became fearful of taking the risk,” ...

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From Donald Trump to the Son of God

Friday, March 07, 2014

Mark Burnett pretty much invented reality TV as we know it: Survivor, The Apprentice, The Voice. But his latest hit was the 10-hour miniseries The Bible — out of which he's carved a feature film on the life of Jesus.

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Super-Short Movies that Will Give You the Creeps

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Challenge: create a scary movie on the theme of “young genius,” no longer than 30 seconds. The filmmaker Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm StreetScream) will judge the submissions. The Submissions: live action, animation, and horror that truly defies categorization ...

Enter the contest

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Scary Shorts Starring Shorties

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

We challenged you to shoot a 30-second horror film to be judged by Wes Craven, the scariest guy around. The entries are pouring in, including a handful by or for kids that have us terrified. Watch them here.

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BJ Novak’s Life After The Office

Friday, February 07, 2014

After college, BJ Novak made the stand-up rounds for four years before landing his dream job: he was recruited for a new television show, the American version of The Office, which launched in 2005. Novak stayed for eight seasons — writing, producing, directing, and acting ...

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New Year’s Resolution: Make 'Em Laugh

Friday, February 07, 2014

As a young adult, Whoopi Goldberg inspired Julie Bayley to try stand-up comedy. Julie loved performing late night sets, but found herself limited by “a really horrific habit: I had to eat three times a day.” Instead, she parlayed some of those skills into a career as a marketer. Thirty years later ...

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New Year's Resolution: Returning to the Canvas

Friday, January 17, 2014

What’s the creative project you’ve been meaning to get done? When we put out the call in December, we heard from hundreds of people eager to throw their hat in the ring, and commit themselves to following through on their artistic plans. Adrienne Ognibene says she had “a passionate love affair with ...

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Curtain Call: Industrial Strength Musicals

Friday, January 10, 2014

In the 1950, 60s, and 70s, a subgenre of musical theater entertained thousands. It had showstoppers composed by some of the brightest talent in the business. But instead of selling out Broadway houses, these shows played to packed hotel ballrooms and convention halls ...

Bonus Track: "My Bathroom" and other corporate musical hits

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