Episode #908

Page, Blind Boys, Piaf

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Studio 360 Episode 908, Page, Blind Boys, Piaf Ellen Page in "Juno" (Doane Gregory)

Youth isn't wasted on the young. Ellen Page, the 21 year-old star of the hit movie "Juno," put in everything she had after landing her dream role as a smart, savvy, pregnant teen. And 23-year-old indie-rocker Thao Nguyen tells us how spending her teen years working at her mom’s laundromat honed her guitar skills. All that plus the amazing gospel sounds of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Ellen Page

The indie hit "Juno" is up for a few Oscars this weekend. One for its crackling screenplay by the 29 year-old Diablo Cody, and another for its star, 21-year-old Ellen Page. Kurt talks to Page about playing the smart, funny teenager Juno MacGuff, ...

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Thao Nguyen

At 23, Thao Nguyen is poised for her breakout. Her new record, We Brave Bee Stings and All, is getting national attention, but Thao's heart stays close to home in the Northern Virginia. That's where she taught herself guitar while working at the coin laundry ...

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Bonus Track: "Swimming Pools"

"Swimming Pools" from Thao Nguyen's album We Brave Bee Stings and All.


And the Oscar Goes To...

Several of the year’s Oscar-nominated movies -- "Into the Wild", "I'm Not There", "Persepolis", and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" -- address the quest for personal freedom. In the last few months Kurt had the opportunity to talk with the directors ...


Blind Boys of Alabama

They got their start at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. Sixty-nine years later, the band remains a gospel music institution. For their latest album, Down in New Orleans, the Blind Boys went to Louisiana for a new take on some classic ...

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Bonus Track: "You've Got to Move"

The Blind Boys of Alabama perform "You've Got to Move" live at Studio 360.


Not Losing His Religion

He was the godfather of science writing. Sir Thomas Browne's exacting observations and gorgeous prose anticipated modern science writers like Rachel Carson, Stephen Jay Gould, and Oliver Sacks. But Browne lived in the 1600s, and his way of reconciling the scriptures with science looks surprisingly like what we ...

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Aha Moment: Edith Piaf

The French singer and cultural icon had a tumultuous life, as moviegoers are seeing in the Oscar-nominated biopic, "La Vie En Rose." Marion Cotillard’s extraordinary portrayal of Piaf prompted Studio 360 listener Bill Mankin to write us about how he fell for her. ...

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