Lu Olkowski

Lu Olkowski used to work a stressful and boring job at a huge cable television channel. She would listen to the radio and think, "that sounds like a lot more fun." Lu produced her very first radio story for Studio 360: it was about an artist who sent the sound of vaginal contractions into deep space to communicate with aliens. She immediately become a regular contributor.

Her profile of documentary director Zana Briski won a Gracie Award in 2006. Lu has also produced stories for All Things Considered, Day to Day, Radio Lab, This American Life, and Weekend America. Her radio work has been honored by the American Women in Radio & Television, the international competition New York Festivals, the literary magazine The Missouri Review and the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Lu Olkowski appears in the following:

American Icons: The Outsiders

Friday, February 01, 2013

Susan Eloise Hinton was a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders, the story of rival gangs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She used the pen name “S.E.” so readers wouldn’t know she was a girl, and bought a Camaro with the earnings. “Some of [the novel’s] faults, like its over-the-top emotions and ...

Slideshow: How The Outsiders became a movie

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American Icons: The Outsiders

Friday, May 04, 2012

Susan Eloise Hinton was a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders, the story of rival gangs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She used the pen name “S.E.” so readers wouldn’t know she was a girl, and bought a Camaro with the earnings. “Some of [the novel’s] faults, like its over-the-top emotions and ...

Slideshow: How The Outsiders became a movie

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Science Tattoos

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tattoos are the defining fashion statement of the present generation. A few years ago, the writer Carl Zimmer was at a pool party and found that a young scientist friend of his, a neurobiologist, had a double helix printed on his back — a little strand of DNA. Zimmer blogged about it, and before he knew it, dozens of scientists ...

Slideshow: Tats from Science Ink

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Friday, August 26, 2011

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him.  Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.

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Christopher Alexander: A Pattern Language

Friday, April 01, 2011

Just over 30 years ago, an Englishman named Christopher Alexander tried to revolutionize architecture. In A Pattern Language, Alexander told architects and planners to design homes on emotional and spiritual principles – not on traffic flow. The revolution didn’t quite come. But the book had a ...

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The Science of Sculpture

Friday, July 09, 2010

Don Ingber is a cell biologist from Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital. One day he saw a piece of modern sculpture, Kenneth Snelson's "Needle Tower" — and Eureka! — it inspired a scientific breakthrough. Produced by

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In Verse: Congregation

Friday, November 13, 2009

In Gulfport, Mississippi, Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey visits her cousin Tamara Jones, still battling financial problems triggered by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It inspired Trethewey's poem "Believer," and the visit was documented by photographer Joshua Cogan. Produced by Studio 360's Lu ...

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In Verse: Women of Troy

Friday, November 06, 2009

A century ago, Troy, New York, was a thriving industrial capital. Today many of its residents live in poverty. Studio 360's Lu Olkowski went to Troy with poet Susan B.A. Somers-Willet and photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally to document some of Troy's stories. They ...

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In Verse: Women of Troy, Continued

Friday, November 06, 2009

Susan B.A. Somers-Willet wrote a poem about DJ Guerrin, another one of Troy's single mothers struggling to get by. "In Verse" is Studio 360's series documenting the lives of the working poor through poetry and photography. It was created by Lu ...

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Waiting for Godot in New Jersey

Friday, February 27, 2009

The Lillian Booth Home in Englewood, New Jersey is a retirement home for former entertainers. Studio 360 met some residents that are not done performing. Produced by Pejk Malinovski with Lu Olkowski and Nick Heling.

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Christopher Alexander

Friday, August 15, 2008

His groundbreaking book A Pattern Language urged architects consider emotional and spiritual ideas when designing. It was the beginning of an elaborate, nuts-and-bolts philosophical system. Christopher Alexander failed to revolutionize the practice of architecture, but he inspired a movement in computer programming that affects how ...

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Overseas Chinese

Friday, August 08, 2008

A generation of Chinese artists left the country in the 1980s and 90s. Some found great success in the west, but China still looms large in their minds. Lu Olkowski talks with artists about why calligraphy and ink drawing seem so 21st century.

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Min Xiao-Fen

Friday, May 09, 2008

The pipa, or Chinese lute, has been part of traditional music in China for more than 2,000 years. These days, a few intrepid players have been incorporating the pipa’s sound into jazz, bluegrass, and modern classical music. Pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen finds it impossible to stick to ...

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Depicting Abu Ghraib

Friday, April 25, 2008

Studio 360’s Lu Olkowski talked to artists (including painter Fernando Botero), writers, and a former soldier who have spent years trying to figure out what the Abu Ghraib photos really mean, and how seeing torture changes us.

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Overseas Chinese

Friday, November 16, 2007

A generation of Chinese artists left the country in the 1980s and 90s. Some found great success in the west, but China still looms large in their minds. Lu Olkowski talks with artists about why calligraphy and ink drawing seem so 21st century.

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Hoberman Sphere

Friday, August 31, 2007

If you know any kids in grade school, you know this thing: it’s made of little plastic rods folded together into a spikey ball. When you pull out the segments, the Hoberman Sphere opens up into a big ball, three times its original size. And now a big ...

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Bee-ing There

Friday, June 15, 2007

The CBS animated series Creature Comforts features the voices of real people in real conversations, set to various animals. Radio producer Lu Olkowski recorded her own parents, Bob and Kathy Olkowski, for the show. Kathy was hoping she and her husband would be represented as little clay lovebirds; ...

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Physics for Poets

Friday, May 04, 2007

Astrophysicist Michael Salamon, who works at NASA's Universe Division, says Walt Whitman –- and a lot of other poets -- misunderstood the beauty of the heavens. Give him a few minutes with Whitman, Salamon says, and the poet would have some revising to do. Produced by

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LVHRD

Friday, March 30, 2007

A creative community called LVHRD, pronounced "live hard," hosts Iron Chef-like contests for creative professionals.Lu Olkowskiattended a special LVHRD challenge: two teams of landscape architects going head to head, designing in cheese.

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Aha Moment: J. Walter Hawkes

Friday, March 30, 2007

Trombonist J. Walter Hawkes, who now plays with Norah Jones, almost quit music. He was going to pursue a more regular-guy path in computer programming. But then a horrible accident changed his life path. Produced by Lu Olkowski.

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