Leital Molad

Senior Producer, Studio 360

Leital Molad appears in the following:

American Icons: Moby-Dick

Friday, December 30, 2011

In this Peabody Award-winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of the great white whale.

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Teachers: No More Apple Crapple

Friday, December 09, 2011

For our next redesign project, Studio 360 is giving schoolteachers a makeover. Turns out a lot of teachers hate the treacly, old-fashioned visual imagery that gets dumped on them (ABCs, 123s, chalkboards, rulers, apples). One teacher told us she calls this iconography "apple crapple." ...

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R.E.M.'s Admirable Legacy

Friday, September 23, 2011

Back in the 1990s, R.E.M. used to joke that they’d play their final concert on December 31, 1999 and break up the next day.  Had they done that, with the original lineup intact (drummer Bill Berry left in 1997), they would have certainly gone out with a bang.The ...

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The Two Worlds of Gabriel Kahane

Friday, September 23, 2011

On a given weekend, you might find Gabriel Kahane performing a piano sonata in a concert hall ... or stumble upon him at a bar, playing with a rock band. He composes classical music for chamber groups and orchestras — but he also writes and sings his own indie pop songs. These days, those two worlds ...

Video: “Charming Disease” live in the studio

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Nicholson Baker's Literary Porn

Friday, July 29, 2011

He’s written books about World War II, poetry, the fate of newspapers. But as a novelist, Nicholson Baker has another side. Back in the 1990s, he published two R-rated works of fiction: Vox (1993) and The Fermata (1995).  Now he’s returning ...

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Aha Moment: Cy Twombly

Friday, July 22, 2011

In July we lost one of the great American painters — Cy Twombly, who was 83. Twombly defied categories. Unlike the abstract painters of the previous generation, like Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning, Twombly’s work was playful...

Bonus Track: Music Inspired by Twombly's Painting

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American Icons: Buffalo Bill's Wild West

Friday, July 15, 2011

He was the most famous American in the world – a showman and spin artist who parlayed a buffalo-hunting gig into an entertainment empire. William F. Cody’s stage show presented a new creation myth for America.

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Cy Twombly: Folksinger's Muse

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

We were saddened to learn of the death today of Cy Twombly, the American artist known for his abstract, childlike paintings. A couple years ago on the show, the songwriter Tift Merritt shared this touching story with us about how a Twombly painting saved her from her writer's block.

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The Antlers

Friday, June 10, 2011

In the age of the downloaded single, The Antlers had an unlikely hit with their 2009 concept album Hospice. The main storyline is about coming to terms with the death of a friend. But the music isn't what you'd expect — it’s not morose and spare, it's big and lush. The Antlers have lightened up some, subject-wise, but...

Video: The Antlers perform “I Don’t Want Love”

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R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe

Friday, May 20, 2011

Even after they became world superstars, the band R.E.M. never quite followed the pop mainstream.  And a lot of that has to do with the band’s frontman, Michael Stipe. Stipe has a distinctive voice and enigmatic lyrics.  But he’s also a photographer and filmmaker.  For 30 years, R.E.M. has released videos that...

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Wretches & Jabberers Take Autism on the Road

Friday, April 01, 2011

Wretches & Jabberers follows two men with autism as they go on a global tour to raise awareness about the disorder.  It's a vivid portrait of their struggles which manages to be both gripping and entertaining.

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Gary Clark, Jr., Saves the Blues

Friday, March 25, 2011

The blues has an awkward PR problem: it is one of the pillars of African-American culture, but for the last few decades, the people playing it and listening to it have been largely white. Gary Clark, Jr., would like to change that. There’s no trick to getting young people back to the blues, he thinks – it’s just a matter of awareness.

Video: Gary Clark, Jr., performs "Bright Lights" at SXSW

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SXSW 2011: Blues for Hipsters & Hip-hop Galore

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Today the SXSW Music Festival kicks off in Austin, Texas.  I’ll be heading out there tomorrow to check out 1/100th of the nearly 2000 bands that will be there: including blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., BoB, Das Racist, and the gender-bending sissy bounce rappers Big Freedia and Katey Red.

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The Song that Defined R.E.M.’s Sound

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Thirty years after defining “college rock,” R.E.M. releases their 15th studio album, Collapse Into Now. Everyone’s buzzing about the band’s signature acoustic-driven sound. But long before career-defining records like Out of Time and Automatic for the People, there was "Radio Free Europe" – R.E.M.’s first officially released single.

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One Grammy Act Not to Miss: Janelle Monáe

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

It's easy to be cynical about the Grammy awards -- but if there's one reason to watch the show this weekend it's Janelle Monáe.

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Aha Moment: Antony Hegarty

Friday, January 14, 2011

The frontman for Antony and the Johnsons says everything changed for him when he discovered the Japanese modern dance, butoh. Hegarty talks about the butoh master, Kazuo Ohno, and describes his growing fascination with the minimalist and sometimes grotesque art form.

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Girl in a Coma Rock Patsy Cline and Selena

Monday, October 18, 2010

Girl in a Coma's creation story reads like a fairy tale: teen girls plaster bedroom walls with posters of dreamy pop star; start a band named after pop star's song; play hard in that band for 10 years.  Until one day... the phone rings.  It's the man from the posters.  Morrissey.  He invites them to open for him on tour.

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Dorothy Height: A Voice We'll Never Forget

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

When we made a documentary about The Lincoln Memorial for our American Icons series, one person captured two seminal moments in the Memorial's history for us: Dorothy Height.  She was at the Memorial in 1939 when Marian Anderson sang triumphantly after being banned from performing at Constitution Hall.  ...

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Where the Ladies At?

Friday, April 02, 2010

The hip-hop world has seen a handful of superstar female MCs - but where's this decade's Missy Elliott? At the SXSW music festival in Austin last month, Studio 360's Leital Molad met some artists ready to break through the boys' club. "We're waking ...

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The New Ladies of Hip-Hop

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Hip-hop gets a bad rap for being male-dominated and misogynist.  But female MCs have been on the cutting edge of hip-hop since the beginning. The 80's saw outspoken artists like MC Lyte, J.J. Fad, Salt-n-Pepa, Queen Latifah; in the 90's we had Missy Elliott, Eve, and Lauryn Hill. If you ...

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