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:

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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American Icons: The House of Mirth

Friday, July 05, 2013

Lily is a smart single woman, a beauty in demand on the party circuit. But Lily is nearing thirty, and struggling to manage money, friendships, and romance. In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants ...

Bonus Track: Jonathan Franzen on Edith Wharton

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Alex Timbers and Here Lies Love

Friday, May 17, 2013

The director Alex Timbers is young, but in the last few years he’s already carved out a unique niche as a director of historical mashup musicals. He directed Gutenberg! The Musical! as well as the critically acclaimed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Timbers is the director of a new show, Here Lies Love ...

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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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Want to Sell Your Mp3s? Tell It to the Judge

Friday, April 05, 2013

This week, two different federal courts delivered important and seemingly contradictory decisions about the way we consume digital entertainment. One case involves ReDigi, a platform that lets you resell digital songs you bought from iTunes but decide you don’t want any more.

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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 ...


Charles Krafft Responds

Friday, March 15, 2013

Charles Krafft is a painter and sculptor whose work is both provocative and respected; it has been collected by major museums and prominently reviewed. But earlier this year, a reporter for the Seattle Stranger discovered that during the last decade, he had also become a Holocaust denier. ...

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Provocative Artist Comes out as Holocaust Denier

Friday, March 01, 2013

What do you do when one of your favorite artists turns out to be a white supremacist and Holocaust denier? A story that broke last month in Seattle’s weekly, The Stranger, got a lot of people in the contemporary art world asking this question about the sculptor and painter Charles Krafft ...

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In China, a Skyscraper-Sized Knock-Off

Friday, February 15, 2013

A huge office complex called Wangjing Soho is under construction in Beijing, consisting of three futuristic glass mountains designed by the superstar British architect Zaha Hadid. A thousand miles south, towers with an uncanny resemblance are rising in the city of Chongqing. Those ...

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Jamaica Kincaid on The New Yorker and Lil’ Kim

Friday, February 15, 2013

“I wear a lot glittery cheap rings on my fingers,” she tells Kurt, “And people will say, ‘Well, why do you do that?’ And I will say that I’m trying to pay tribute to Lil’ Kim” — the rapper — “because I feel Lil’ Kim is in danger of being forgotten.”

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Did Argo Whitewash an American Hero?

Friday, February 08, 2013

Argo has been one of last year’s most celebrated films. Ben Affleck directed the movie and stars as the CIA operative who masterminded the escape of six US embassy employees from Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. That man’s name is Tony Mendez, and Latinos ...

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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