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.
360 Staff Pick: Requiem for Steam
Friday, December 17, 2010 - 09:54 AM
David Plowden spent his childhood obsessed with trains. He would ride them just for the thrill of it, often without any direct destination in mind.
A couple years ago, Plowden told Kurt “I rode all over the place, to the despair of my uncles and aunts and my mother’s friends who said, ‘What’s he going to amount to? He rides trains!’ And my mother said, ‘I don’t know what he’s doing, but he does. Leave him alone. He’s gathering grist for the mill.’”
Plowden began taking pictures of steam engines because he knew they were becoming obsolete and he wanted to make sure they were well-documented -- he had no intention of becoming a photographer. By his his twenties, photography (documentary and art) had become a career -- he assisted O. Winston Link and worked closely with Ansel Adams, among others greats. Plowden's travels by train eventually led him to the Midwest, where he made a distinguished career capturing the beautiful expanses of the Great Plains, as well as the desolate railroad towns the once welcomed the railways.
Requiem for Steam is Plowden's love letter to the steam engine, full of moving portraits of the machinery, the rails, and the people he's met on a lifetime of journeys.
Listen to Kurt's full conversation with David Plowden: