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.
Man Eats Lightbulb. Really.
Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 06:00 AM
In the off-Broadway spook show Play Dead, master magician Todd Robbins delights in pointing out that illusions are merely that. Mind-reading: fake. Speaking to the dead: fake. Audience members disappearing in plume of sulfuric acid: fake. But he performs one trick that’s shockingly, horrifyingly real.
So real, that Kurt had to see it up close. The video below speaks for itself, but it always bears repeating: don’t try this at home.
This weekend on the show, Kurt talks with Teller, “Play Dead”'s co-creator and director — he reveals a couple of the creepy things they do to audiences in the dark. (Related shocker: Teller, the silent half of the magic/comedy duo Penn & Teller, speaks.)