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:

New Year’s Resolution: Calligraphy in 3D

Thursday, May 14, 2015

We check in with Garman Herigstad, who is making a calligraphy version of the Book of Proverbs. Now, his project’s ambition has grown to three dimensions.

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Growing Pains: Dylan Landis’s “Rainey Royal”

Thursday, May 07, 2015

It’s never been easy to be a teenage girl, but novelist Dylan Landis thinks 1970s New York was particularly tough — that’s why she set her novel there.

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“An American in Paris” Dances Its Way to the Stage

Thursday, April 30, 2015

“An American in Paris” is one of Hollywood’s most famous Golden Age musicals. Now it's a Broadway musical, up for 12 Tony Awards.

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New Year’s Resolution: Out of the Hospital and Back to Work

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Joseph Riedel is an aspiring screenwriter who’s transforming his cancer treatment into comic material. He’s currently recovering from surgery and working on a web series.

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A Beautiful Music Video Is Buried at the End of This Obscure Video Game

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Only a video game released exclusively in Japan would reward its players with a spare, sleek, utterly delightful ode to color and sound.
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How "Finding Nemo" Changed My Life

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A kindergarten teacher with a comfortable job watched “Finding Nemo” on a whim. She didn’t realize how it would change her life. 

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“The Sculptor”: An Artist Makes a Deal with the Devil

Thursday, March 12, 2015

In Scott McCloud’s new graphic novel, “The Sculptor,” an artist trades his life for a chance at artistic immortality. 

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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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