Michele Siegel

Associate Producer Michele Siegel has been with Studio 360 since its very first broadcast in the fall of 2000. She's produced stories on everything from the urban design battle facing New Orleans after Katrina to the boot camp survival story of an oboe player in the US Army Band. In 2008 she was awarded a USC-Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship in Los Angeles. She's also served as an "audio doctor" at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago. Prior to diving into radio she was a program coordinator for the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University.

Michele Siegel appears in the following:

Alex Timbers and Here Lies Love

Friday, April 25, 2014

The director Alex Timbers has carved out a unique niche as a director of historical musicals, including the critically acclaimed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Last year, Timbers directed Here Lies Love, written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. It tells the story of Imelda Marcos ...


Marijuana Goes Mainstream

Friday, April 18, 2014

Studio 360 has asked designers to come up with new concepts for the gay pride flag, Monopoly, and even Christmas, and we came up this design challenge: rebrand marijuana for mainstream culture. The Original Champions of Design (OCD), a branding firm, took on the challenge ...

Slideshow: Redesigning Marijuana

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Billy Bragg on Margaret Thatcher’s Legacy

Friday, April 12, 2013

During her time as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher provoked diverse reactions — some thought she saved the country, others believed she ruined it. The changing social and political conditions under Thatcher drove Billy Bragg to activist songwriting ...

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Gardner Museum Heist Case Might Crack

Friday, March 22, 2013

Twenty-three years ago this week, two thieves walked into Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and made off with thirteen works of art valued at a half-billion dollars. The FBI calls it the largest property heist in history, and it remains officially unsolved. But the agency announced ...


David Chase: Not Fade Away

Friday, December 14, 2012

David Chase launched a golden age in television drama when he created The Sopranos. But Chase always wanted to make movies, and now, 40 years after entering show business, his first feature film comes out next week. Like The Sopranos, Not Fade Away takes place in New Jersey ...

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Aha Moment: Jon Ronson on Kurt Vonnegut

Friday, December 07, 2012

Kurt Vonnegut is a serious writer who holds a special place in the hearts of teenagers. Jon Ronson got hooked on Vonnegut when he was 15. For his long train rides from Cardiff, Wales, to look at colleges, Ronson packed a bag with Vonnegut’s novels, including Slaughterhouse Five ...

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Judd Apatow Grows Up

Friday, November 30, 2012

Is Judd Apatow the voice of his generation? He’s had a hand in many of the celebrated comedies of the past decade, producing Bridesmaids, Anchorman, and Superbad, and writing and directing 40-Year-Old Virgin, Funny People and Knocked Up. In Apatow’s latest, This is 40 ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with Judd Apatow

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Redesigning the Waterfront Post-Sandy

Friday, November 16, 2012

“Superstorm” Sandy has made it clear that flooding is not only a New Orleans problem: some of the country’s densest population centers are also extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels and storm surges.  For cities like New York, the waterfront is a design problem ...

Slideshow: Redesigning Lower Manhattan

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Winners: Jingles for Romney and Obama

Friday, November 02, 2012

Kurt Andersen has been struck by how bland and uncreative the presidential campaign commercials have become; the more aggressive the attack ads, the more forgettable. So he challenged you to write and perform original jingles for the candidates. The veteran Republican ad man Bob Gardner judged ...

Bonus Tracks: Hear the winning jingles

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Paul Elie: Reinventing Bach

Friday, October 26, 2012

In the new book Reinventing Bach, Paul Elie explores how performers and recording artists of the last century — including organist Albert Schweitzer, pianist Glenn Gould, and cellist Pablo Casals — kept teasing out the new in Bach's 300-year-old music. Bach left room for ...

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Big Box Retailers Get into the Art Market

Friday, October 12, 2012

You probably shop at Costco for great deals on buckets of salsa and crates of toilet paper. But earlier this fall, the discount giant began selling high-quality fine art — including works by Matisse and Warhol — in its online store. Greg Moors is an independent art dealer ...

Video: The Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art

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Campaign Ads Nauseam

Friday, October 05, 2012

The real problem with campaign ads today, Kurt Andersen thinks, is that they’re boring.  Why? "The same people that would do great commercials for products and services would also do political commercials," advertising veteran Bob Gardner tells Kurt. “But this ended a few ...

Video: 2012 presidential campaign ads

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Inside North Korean Cinema: Comrade Kim Goes Flying

Friday, September 28, 2012

North Korea is such an insular nation that almost any glimpse of life in the country makes news. This week is the country’s Pyongyang Film Festival, drawing crowds of North Koreans to the rare opportunity to see foreign film. But also screening is the film Comrade Kim Goes Flying ...

Video: Comrade Kim Goes Flying trailer


A Conversation with Philip Glass

Friday, September 14, 2012

In 1976, Philip Glass was an unknown composer — almost pushing 40, and driving a taxi to make ends meet — when he got his break: a new work performed at New York’s echt-prestigious Metropolitan Opera House. Einstein on the Beach was directed by Robert Wilson, a key figure ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with Philip Glass

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Fuzzy Novel: The Winning Cocktail

Friday, August 24, 2012

A few weeks ago we asked you for original recipes for cocktails inspired by works of literature. More than 100 entries came in, like the Wasteland (12 ounces of vodka, 1 garbage can) and the Sloe-lita (gin-based, naturally). The judge of our contest is equal parts lit and liquor: Rosie Schaap ...

Video: Rosie Schaap makes the winning cocktail

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The Very Best: More to Malawi Than Madonna's Kids

Friday, August 24, 2012

A few years ago in East London a music producer named Johan Hugo walked into a junk shop owned by Esau Mwamwaya. Hugo needed a session percussionist and asked Mwamwaya to audition for him, but Mwamwaya was a much better singer than drummer. As The Very Best ...

Video: “Kondaine,” The Very Best featuring Seye


Marjane Satrapi's Chicken With Plums

Friday, August 17, 2012

Originally a graphic novel, the movie Chicken with Plums tells the story of Nasser Ali, a virtuoso violinist living in Tehran in the 1950s. He loathes his wife, has no patience for his children, and he loses his will to live. The film was adapted for the screen and directed by its creator, Marjane Satrapi ...

Slideshow: Stills from Chicken with Plums


Karen Thompson Walker: The Age of Miracles

Friday, July 27, 2012

A radical slowing of the earth is the premise for Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel The Age of Miracles. In her story, the earth's spinning slows down by an hour — within a few months, a full rotation takes 40 hours. Scientists are stumped. The concepts of “day” and ...

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A New Look for Canada

Friday, June 29, 2012

Just in time for Canada’s 145th birthday, Studio 360 gives our northern neighbor a brand makeover. To get beyond hockey, beer, and Mounties, we asked the international firm Bruce Mau Design to come up with a visual rebranding. As part of its research, the BMD team talked with ...

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Trivia Shootout: US vs. Canada

Friday, June 29, 2012

Kurt Andersen and Jian Ghomeshi, the host of Q, the CBC's daily arts and culture show go head to head in a cross-border cultural quiz. The North American showdown is the culmination to our month-long redesign project. Ophira Eisenberg, host NPR quiz show Ask Me Another, plays quizmistress ...

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