Leital Molad

Senior Producer, Studio 360

Leital Molad appears in the following:

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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360 Staff Pick: Kid Sister goes Ultraviolet

Friday, March 26, 2010

 

 

The prize for best booty-shakin' performance of SXSW in Austin last week goes to Chicago rapper Kid Sister.  Her first single, 'Pro Nails' (featuring Kanye West), is just the tip of iceberg. Ultraviolet takes the best of high-energy 80s dance hip-hop and shoots it ...

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Patti Smith

Friday, December 25, 2009

The "godmother of punk" started out in 1970s New York. But in "Dream of Life," a new POV documentary airing on PBS, Patti Smith shows sides of herself that the public rarely gets to see. Smith tells Kurt that it's also an account of ...

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Have You Been to Bahia?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

On this week’s show, there’s a lovely story about the song that made Brazilian samba queen Carmen Miranda an international star in 1939 – “O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem.”  The name roughly translates to “What is it that the Bahian woman has?”

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360 Staff Pick: Speech Therapy

Saturday, October 31, 2009

In our contest-obsessed culture, it’s easy to tune out awards hoopla. But England’s Mercury Prize has done what a meaningful award should do: shine a light on an artist who deserves it.  Twenty-six year-old Speech Debelle was virtually unknown before she won the prize last month.  Her debut record, Speech Therapy, is filled with hopeful, street-sassy rapping over organic beats.  Brushes, upright bass, piano and clarinet back up Debelle’s rhymes about growing up in London. She’s had some tough times, but doesn’t let it get her down.  The best track, “Spinning,” opens with her staccato flow: “This is for the tat on my wrist/ this is for the black of my fist/ this is for the S in my lisp…” and leads into an irresistible schoolyard chorus: “The world keeps spinning… nobody knows where it will take us, but I hope it gets better.”  With this delightfully catchy song, you feel like it is.

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Aha Moment: Automatic For The People

Friday, September 18, 2009

Studio 360 listener Monica Murphy was a 19-year-old college student when her father suddenly died. One day she heard REM's Automatic for the People, and understood a message about life she hadn't heard before.

Has a work of art changed your life? Tell us in ...

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Kehinde Wiley's Gorgeous Portraits

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Kehinde Wiley creates big, bold paintings of young black men that are a throwback to 18th century classical portraiture. His sitters strike regal poses against vibrant, ornate patterns, wearing colorful T-shirts, caps and baggy jeans. It's like Baroque gone day-glo. Opening today at the Deitch Projects gallery in New York is a new exhibit of Wiley's portraits called 'Black Light.'

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Girl in a Coma

Friday, July 31, 2009

A junior high bonding moment over tortured Morrissey music led to the formation of the San Antonio band Girl in a Coma. Now the band - Jenn Alva and sisters Phanie and Nina Diaz - is getting attention from rock gods like Joan Jett. Their new album

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Jim Henson's Time Piece

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Last night, I joined hundreds of nostalgic 30-somethings at a 30th anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie in Brooklyn. Seeing it on the big screen was pure delight, and proved the lasting genius of Jim Henson and co. Everything holds up: the snappy dialogue (Man in Swamp: 'You, you with the banjo, can you help me? I seem to have lost my sense of direction!' Kermit: 'Have you tried Hare Krishna?'); the irresistible soundtrack (the Electric Mayhem jams are the best); the hilarious cameos (Mel Brooks as Dr. Mengele-like mad scientist); and, of course, the unforgettable Muppets themselves (witness Miss Piggy transform from precious damsel-in-distress to gangster-ass-kicker, with her unmistakable battle cry: 'HEEEE-YAH!').

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Filipino Inmates' Tribute to MJ

Sunday, June 28, 2009

This is amazing. Especially a few minutes in when they bring out the banner with a giant Christ-like image of Michael. (See also my earlier post with their original "Thriller" performance from '07.) Thanks to Jocelyn Gonzales for this link.

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Michael Jackson's Global Reach

Thursday, June 25, 2009

This video of Filipino inmates performing a mass-ensemble dance to "Thriller" was circulating around the web a year or so ago. Given today's news, we thought it was worth another look. Jackson's death adds a dose of poignancy to the bizarre spectacle.

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Gael Goes Norteño

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Back in 2006, I declared my love for Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal on our radio show. He was just starring in his first English role, and I was afraid he would be catapulted from indie brilliance into mainstream cheesiness, much in the way of Antonio Banderas.

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Kurt in the LA Times

Friday, April 10, 2009

The LA Times just did a nice feature about Kurt and his spring semester post as "Visionary in Residence" at the Art Center College of Design.  Now if only they could get his name spelled right! They fixed it!

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Janelle Monáe

Friday, March 27, 2009

Amid the 1900 bands who played the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas last weekend, Janelle Monáe stood out from the crowd. She's a funk-soul singer who fills her tunes with sci-fi and robot references. Her new album is Metropolis: The Chase Suite. Studio 360’s

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Janelle Monáe at SXSW

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The SXSW music festival in Austin has an absurd number of bands play every year -- this time it was up to 1900. So to find the gems, needless to say, is challenging -- and wonderfully refreshing if you succeed. I saw the amazingly inventive soul/funk singer Janelle Monáe play at a small club in Boston back in the fall and was determined to try to interview her for Studio 360. In the end, I got 6 minutes with her backstage after her Austin Music Hall show. My story airs this weekend. Meanwhile, check out this video of her performing "Sincerely Jane." One catch: the bass was so loud in the venue that it blew out my recording. So I synced it up with the audio from her CD. It ends up working quite nicely, and you still get a sense of her dazzling stage persona.

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American Icons: Barbie

Friday, February 13, 2009

How did a German streetwalker become the All-American Girl? Writers, artists, scholars and (of course!) kids talk about the staying power of Barbie.

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Bad Fortune Lack

Friday, November 21, 2008

While the Japanese are known to be secular or atheist, at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples you'll often see people dropping coins in an offering box and praying (albeit briefly). Another ritual at these sites is to get a fortune, or omikuji. At the Akasuka Temple in Tokyo, you ...

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