Episode #1021

Klingon, Sobule, LeWitt

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1021, Klingon, Sobule, LeWitt Jill Sobule (Photo Courtesy of Big Hassle Media/Kristine Larsen)

Superfans unite. Kurt Andersen speaks with a linguist who makes the case for non-Trekkies to learn Klingon. Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule gets her fans to finance the making of her record. Plus, a sneak preview of 3-D movies Hollywood won't let you see.

Why Yes, I Do Speak Klingon

Somehow the new Star Trek movie is managing to burn up the box office without a peep of Klingon -- the made-up language of villainous space warriors. The linguist Arika Okrent is a certified Klingon speaker. In her new book In the Land of Invented ...

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Fans Heart Jill Sobule

After years of frustration with record companies, singer-songwriter Jill Sobule had a wake up call. She asked her fans to donate money to pay for the production of her new album, and they responded with $75,000. Jill tells Kurt about her new fan-financed album California Years ...

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Bonus Track: “Where is Bobbie Gentry?”

Jill Sobule performs a song from her new album California Years live.

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Bonus Track: “Nothing to Prove”

Jill Sobule plays another song from her new album live in the studio.

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From Books to Bands

Rick Richter was the president of the children's division at Simon and Schuster until last December, when he was laid off. But instead of crumpling, he decided to rekindle an old passion -- music. Produced by Gretta Cohn.

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Everything's Better in 3-D

The buzz in Hollywood is that 3-D isn't just a gimmick -- it's here to stay. But maybe it's not just for animated movies or action flicks. We have some "sneak previews" of 3-D movies in development that might surprise you. Studio 360's Eric Molinsky produced this satire.

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Design for the Real World: Cubicle

Cubicles have a bad reputation as soul-crushing, gray boxes wallpapered in Post-its. But they were originally designed to promote health and wellness. Cubicle pioneer Joe Schwartz explains what went wrong. Produced by Catherine Epstein.

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A Sol LeWitt of One's Own

The late artist Sol LeWitt was famous for huge wall drawings created directly on the walls of a museum or a collector's home. When WNYC's Mark Phillips saw one, he decided to recreate it in his own apartment. But is it "real," or is it plagiarism?

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