Episode #348

Artemisia, Mingus, Ninjas

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Saturday, November 30, 2002

Studio 360 seeks revenge. Kurt Andersen and the writer Laura Blumenfeld look at vengeance, one of the most passionate themes in art and in life. A painting serves as an act of retribution for the 17th-century artist Artemisia Gentilleschi. Children's literature isn't as innocent as you think. Payback shapes the music of jazz legend Charles Mingus. And, in Design for the Real World, a designer finds inspiration in store mannequins.

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Laura Blumenfeld

Commentary: Rock 'n' Roll Taxonomy

Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen has been thinking lately about an under-appreciated modern ritual — finding the perfect name for your rock n’ roll band. Kurt Andersen surveys Rage Against the Machine, OK Go, Beck, Moby, and Shakira to deduce the three forms of rock and pop names.

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Design for the Real World: Mannequin

Graphic designer Steven Heller gazes into store windows and confesses his passion for mannequins.

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)

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Journalist Laura Blumenfeld on Revenge

Kurt Andersen and journalist Laura Blumenfeld talk about the human desire for revenge. 

Blumenfeld writes for The Washington Post and is the author of Revenge: A Story of Hope.

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)

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Artemisia Gentileschi's Biblical Vengeance

The 17th-century artist's painting, of the biblical Judith slaying Holofernes, was itself an act of revenge.

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)

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Children's Lit, Not That Innocent

Why does revenge show up so much in kids books? Critic Leonard Marcus and Valerie Lewis, the owner of a children's bookstore in San Jose, explain.

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)

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Charles Mingus

Mingus was known to his enemies and his friends as the "Angry Man of Jazz." The bassist and composer wrote music fueled by rage. We look at the vengeful impulses of the late jazz legend.

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)

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Ninjas Are Awesome

The Official Ninja web page realultimatepower.net is part spectacle, part performance, and, in large part — adolescent. Every visitor to the site asks the same question — could this possibly be for real?

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)

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