Spark: How Creativity Works is Studio 360's first book. Written by former executive producer Julie Burstein, it’s a how-to guide for summoning your inner artist – with advice drawn from Kurt Andersen's decade of interviews with some of the greatest creative minds of our time: including Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Isabel Allende, and Patti Lupone, among many others.

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Spark Quotes: The Words That Inspire Your Creativity

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Sometimes it just takes a couple wise words to inspire our curiosity and creativity. We jot quotes down in notebooks and on post-it notes; we carry them in our wallets, use them in wedding toasts, and share them with our friends. Studio 360 wants to share some of your favorite quotes on the air ...

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Spark: Celebrating 10 Years of Studio 360

Friday, March 04, 2011

We're celebrating 10 years on the air by looking back at some of our favorite interviews about creative inspiration. Sculptor Richard Serra talks about falling in love with steel; choreographer Elizabeth Streb takes on gravity with 30-foot falls; and a rock legend collaborates with a young bluegrass star to make a Grammy-winning album.

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Spark: Getting to Work

Friday, February 18, 2011

This month we're celebrating 360's first decade on the air with the publication of the book Spark: How Creativity Works, by long-time Studio 360 executive producer Julie Burstein. In the book, scores of America's greatest filmmakers, writers, musicians and artists give readers an inside look at their creative processes and inspiration.

This week Kurt and Julie look at the methods artists have for actually getting to work and getting that work done. They revisit Kurt's conversations with novelist Isabel Allende, painter Chuck Close, playwright Tony Kushner, and sculptor Richard Serra.

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Material Mashup: And the Winner is...

Friday, February 18, 2011

This month, in honor of the publication of Studio 360's book Spark: How Creativity Works, we asked listeners to show us how they made something creative from an unexpected combination of materials. Scores of projects poured in, and they were so good, we chose three winners.

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Spark: More Stories About Getting to Work

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Isabel Allende, Chuck Close, and Tony Kushner.

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Join Studio 360 at Barnes & Noble

Monday, February 14, 2011

Radio is an intimate medium, but nothing beats a good old-fashioned face-to-face conversation. Join Kurt Andersen and long-time executive producer Julie Burstein as they discuss Studio 360's new book, Spark, on Tuesday night at Barnes & Noble Tribeca.

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Material Mashup

Friday, February 11, 2011

Last week, in honor of the publication of Studio 360's book Spark: How Creativity Works, we asked listeners to show us how they made something creative from an unexpected combination of materials. Kurt talks to a few about their submissions, which include an icicle forest, a version of Hamlet staged on a Spokane off-ramp, and a painting made of coffee grounds.

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Spark: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Art

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Spark: More Stories About Art in Hard Times

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Donald Hall, Joel Meyerowitz, and Lynn Nottage.

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Spark: Studio 360's Material Mashup

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Many of the artists featured in Spark: How Creativity Works talk about how unexpected materials inspire them to create great things. We want to know: Have you ever made something fantastic out of unexpected materials? A gingerbread high rise? A bouquet of roses out of bacon? Maybe a toy dog fashioned from an ink jar and screws? Show us your creation and tell us about what went into making it.

See fantastic entries already submitted by Studio 360 listeners!

The favorite entry (as determined by Studio 360 producers) will be posted on our site, featured on our February 18th show, and possibly more – plus we’ll send you a copy of Spark.

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Spark: Kurt & Julie Talk Materials

Friday, February 04, 2011

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(To hear our original full-length interviews with those artists go here.)

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Spark: More Stories About Stuff

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Ben Burtt, Stanley Kunitz, and Elizabeth Streb.

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Spark: More Stories About Childhood

Friday, January 28, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Chuck Close, Richard Ford, Mira Nair, and Richard Serra.

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Spark: Kurt & Julie Talk Childhood

Friday, January 28, 2011

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(To hear our original full-length interviews with those artists go here.)

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Spark: Read Kurt's Foreword

Monday, January 24, 2011

Spark: How Creativity Works doesn't hit bookshelves until February 15.  But to get you in the mood, we've got a sneak-preview.  In his foreword to the book, Kurt describes how he embraced Daniel Boorstin's "Amateur Spirit" and summoned the courage to keep trying new things.

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