Episode #1016

Ben Hong, West Side Story, Sufjan

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1016 Cellist Ben Hong, who taught Jamie Foxx to play Cello for his new movie, "The Soloist" (Francois Duhamel – Property of Paramount Pictures)

Kurt Andersen gets a cello lesson. Ben Hong taught Jamie Foxx how to play for the new film "The Soloist," and now takes on Kurt as a student. West Side Story is back on Broadway and en español! Neuroscientists wrap their brains around magic. And the rabid fan base of Sufjan Stevens gets ugly with the winner of a songwriting contest.

Ben Hong

Ben Hong is the assistant principal cellist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was also the technical advisor for the new film “The Soloist” and taught Jamie Foxx how to play cello for his role. Hong describes the challenges of teaching a movie star how to ...

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From Manager to Woodworker

Listener Rohn Amegatcher of Tacoma, Washington made a creative career change after his construction management business folded. He tells Kurt about his new career as a woodworker and cook.


Suffering for Sufjan

Alec Duffy won the rights to an unreleased Sufjan Stevens song. Rather than posting it online, Duffy shares the song via private listening parties in his home. This decision has earned him a few enemies. Produced by Studio 360's Eric Molinsky. You ...

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New Lyrics for Old Broadway

In the new Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” one of the noticeable changes is the use of Spanish. Stephen Sondheim gave his blessing for the Spanish update, but translator Lin-Manuel Miranda -- a Tony-winner himself for his own musical "In The Heights" -- approached the ...


West Side Story, 1957

WNYC's Sara Fishko tells a story rarely heard about the musical's legendary creators Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim. And she explores how Cold War tensions simmered under the surface of the show's ethnic gang battles. 


Magic on the Brain

Magicians wow us on stage with sleight of hand and misdirection. But it turns out there's also a lot magic can tell us about how our brains work. Produced by Michael May.


Design for the Real World: Revolving Door

It’s been spinning for over a hundred years but, as James Buzard explains, some people still aren't comfortable with it. Where it stops, nobody knows. Produced by Chloe Plaunt.


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