A proud native of the Second City, producer Jenny Lawton joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons specials on the Disney parks and I Love Lucy, lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. She also serves as the managing editor of studio360.org and coordinates the show's internship program. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.
Extreme Makeover: Uncle Sam Edition
Friday, July 02, 2010 - 02:49 PM
I’m as patriotic as the next guy. But this morning on the subway, I couldn’t help but feel a bit deflated by the sight of our national mascot peddling fast cash.
Uncle Sam, how could you? Playing into our all-American desires to get rich quick and bling ourselves silly...
That’s why Studio 360 proposed a radical redesign of our nation’s spokesman. We got dozens of submissions: from Sam recast as a wizened little old lady, to more overtly political stand-ins. You can see all the submissions here.
Our favorite was Brendan Condit’s 'What You Can Do' series. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Condit wanted to encourage Americans to find their own ways to contribute to the public good. (Serve.gov is a real website managed by The Corporation for National and Community Service.)
This week on the show, Kurt and a team of experts deconstruct Uncle Sam – and consider if the National Anthem might need a make-over as well:
Thanks to everyone who submitted their designs.
Brendan Condit, we salute you.