Episode #613

Small, Medium, Large

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Is bigger always better? Kurt Andersen and his guest, the actor and film director Liev Schreiber, discuss what size means for a work of art. We’ll hear about the classic film called Powers of Ten, which illustrates the idea of scale by gradually pulling our perspective back from the atomic level all the way to the end of the universe. The California artist Karen Carson tells us why painters love making work on giant canvasses. And the songwriter called Stew, at work in his studio, explains why “small is always what gets the attention.”

Guests:

Liev Schreiber

Special Guest: Liev Schreiber

Kurt Andersen and actor Liev Schreiber talk about scale and how actors, artists, and musicians choose the right size for the work they do.

Liev Schreiber is one of the most acclaimed young actors today. His portrayals of Hamlet and Iago thrilled theater critics, and he's appeared in films from ...

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Powers of Ten

A 1977 short film called Powers of Ten by the great designers Charles and Ray Eames uniquely demonstrates the properties of scale. The Eames are best known for a famous mid-century modern chair, and had a rule to always look at something from the next biggest ...

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Does Size Matter?

In the middle of the last century, almost all the important painters were working big. Canvasses grew too big for even some of the rich patrons’ walls. Matt Holzman of KCRW tried to find out why, and how, modern painters went monumental.

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Turn It Up To 11

Songs don't take up any physical space, but musicians and their producers have to make a lot of decisions about scale, like the number of instruments used or even the size of the studio. Los Angeles-based musician Mark Stewart — a.k.a. Stew — and his writing partner Heidi ...

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Aha Moment: Pedal Steel

When he was a young musician, Chas Smith had zero interest in country music, and had never really paid attention to the painstakingly slow, textured flow of sounds that come from the pedal steel guitar. He recently told Studio 360's David Krasnow how an accident of faith and ...

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Commentary: The Dumb and the Bland

It's commonplace to hear cultural critics lament the popularity of reality television, but Studio 360's Kurt Andersen argues the bread and circus of bad TV in 2005 is the result of a generational shift.

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