Episode #1049

Reitman, Kingsolver, Swell Season

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Studio 360 Episode 1049, Reitman, Kingsolver, Swell Season Barbara Kingsolver (Annie Griffiths Belt)

Studio 360 reaches new altitudes. "Up in the Air" director Jason Reitman explains what it's like to release a film about layoffs and layovers in a time of financial hardship. Barbara Kingsolver says the flamboyant painter Frida Kahlo tried to take over her new novel The Lacuna. And the Oscar-winning songwriting duo from "Once," The Swell Season, perform live in our studio.

Up In The Air

The new movie "Up in the Air" tells a story tailor-made for our recessionary times. George Clooney plays a corporate grim reaper, whose job it is to fly to various cities and fire people. Director Jason Reitman ("Juno") based it on the 2001 ...

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Boogie Chillen

Every year the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress selects 25 recordings to be preserved for all-time. This year's picks include John Lee Hooker's breakthrough song "Boogie Chillen". Blues veteran Charlie Musselwhite and writer Peter Guralnick explain how Hooker's 1948 ...

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Birdman

Paul Bartlett was slogging through a PhD in animal behavior when he decided he would rather be painting. Bartlett finished his studies, left behind the zebra finches in his research lab, and now depicts razorbills, puffins, and other shore life in his native Scotland. Produced by

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Aha Moment: Filmmaker David Boyle

Take a Mormon from Utah, teach him Japanese, send him to Australia, and what do you get? For David Boyle, enough material for two feature films about the Japanese culture set both in the U.S. and Japan. In November, Boyle's latest movie, "White on Rice," ...

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Barbara Kingsolver

The Lacuna marks Barbara Kingsolver's first novel in nearly a decade. It's an epic tale that spans decades of vivid history from 1930s Mexico City to the McCarthy-era U.S. She peppers the narrative with real historical figures including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and J. Edgar Hoover. ...

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The Swell Season

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova turned their serendipitous meeting, love story, and music making in Dublin into the movie "Once." They even won an Oscar for their songwriting. No longer together romantically, they still collaborate musically and they stopped by Studio 360 to perform songs from ...

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Bonus Track: "The Rain"

The Swell Season performs the track from their album Strict Joy live in Studio 360.

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