Episode #1038

Cody, Ellroy, Sparky

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1038, Cody, Ellroy, Sparky Diablo Cody (Doane Gregory)

Studio 360 visits the underworld. In the new horror movie, "Jennifer's Body," a high school alpha female is possessed by a man-eating demon; screenwriter Diablo Cody explains why she wrote the story. The novelist James Ellroy imagines political conspiracies and covert crimes in his new novel about the 1960s, Blood’s a Rover. And one of our listeners gets a sad lesson in life from REM’s Automatic for the People.

Diablo Cody

In the new movie "Jennifer's Body" a demonic high school cheerleader devours her male classmates. It's a horror movie with a comedic post-feminist twist. Its screenwriter, Diablo Cody, won an Oscar for 2007's "Juno," but she says this horror project was her dream script. ...

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Robot as Connoisseur

Sparky is four feet tall and has a TV monitor for a head. He can see, he can talk, and he likes sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. He's the invention of the artist Marque Cornblatt, who controls Sparky from his laptop – and he wants you to have a Sparky ...

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Aha Moment: Automatic For The People

Studio 360 listener Monica Murphy was a 19-year-old college student when her father suddenly died. One day she heard REM's Automatic for the People, and understood a message about life she hadn't heard before.

Has a work of art changed your life? Tell us in ...

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James Ellroy

Crime novels like L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia gave James Ellroy a reputation as the best modern noir writer around. His latest, Blood's A Rover, is filled with political corruption and intrigue, making it clear that the hard-boiled Ellroy isn't ...

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Keep Your Eye On The Ball

In three-card monte, con artists use swift hand moves and constant patter to convince a sucker there's a way to win. A magician, a theater professor, and a real-life grifter each describe how the monte isn’t just a crime; it’s street theater designed to keep its losers entertained. ...

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