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Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC: Episodes

<p>Live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a show devoted to the theme of fear —  the kind that that can motivate us, and the kind that can stop us in our tracks. Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory join us for a song about escape; comedian Hari Kondabolu riffs on fears of change; and Jennifer Egan ...
<p>In the early 2000s, <a href="https://twitter.com/JensenClan88">Jensen Karp</a> almost made it as a rapper, under the name <a href="http://youtu.be/7ZH_Crz22ak">Hot Karl</a>. Interscope gave him a huge advance, EMI gave him a publishing deal, but the debut album never materialized. “Back in the day, ...
<p>Neil Gaiman has written dozens of books, comics, TV shows, movies — and now he’s playing Carnegie Hall with a live band. His only complaint: He’s too busy! The band Hurray for the Riff Raff returns folk music to its punk rock roots. And in light of the Slender Man killing, we’ll consider whether ...
<p>In the mid-90s, rappers from the East Coast to the West convinced an entire generation to consume malt liquor in “40s”— 40-ounce glass bottles that delivered the alcohol equivalent of a six-pack in one serving. Songs like N.W.A.’s “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_lNZ22WxxA">8 ...
<p>This week, Studio 360 visits the Aspen Ideas Festival — it’s like summer camp for some of the world’s most influential people. In a show taped live at 2009's Aspen Ideas Festival, the writer Susan Orlean remembers the optimism of her late father, who came of age during the Depression. The band ...
<p>Twitter thrives on the short and sweet. So it’s a testament to Gavin Speiller that he has more than 30,000 followers for <a href="https://twitter.com/UnfinishedS">@UnfinishedS</a>, because he cheats like crazy. Instead of 140 characters, Speiller tweets a photo of the first page of a screenplay, ...
<p>After winning a Tony Award and starring as Disney’s first African-American heroine, Anika Noni Rose just wants to kick butt as a big-budget superhero. A young upstart who rocked Broadway in the 1930s is the subject of a new play by James Lapine, an upstart who rocked Broadway in the 1980s. At age ...
<p>For some, the best way to reply to a message isn’t with words (so 2003!) but with a GIF, those short animations, just a few seconds long, usually drawn from a popular movie or video footage.  From that perspective, the image of <a href="http://fora.mtv.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Obama-Pizza.gif" ...
<p>Producer Rick Rubin was a pioneer of hip-hop, and he’s worked with its biggest names. But he also reinvigorated the late careers of legends like Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond. His one rule in the studio: no talking about business. For indie songwriter Joan As Police Woman, the best lyrics are the ...
<p>This week, a triple header from the series American Icons, which focuses on works of art that changed the way we think about America. More than 150 years ago, Nathaniel Hawthorne put his finger on how we ostracize women for their sexuality in <em>The Scarlet Letter</em>. Meanwhile, Cole Porter’s ...
<p>For the first time in a decade, Jesus is starring on the big screen, and the creators of <em>Son of God</em> are determined to avoid the bad blood from last time. Producers of the final <em>Hunger Games</em> movie attempt to resurrect Philip Seymour Hoffman, digitally. And Kurt Andersen talks with ...
<p>This week in Studio 360, Kurt Andersen talks with a songwriter whose words are being sung by protesters in the deadly clashes in Venezuela — he gives a firsthand account of life trapped behind barricades. A playwright explains why he moved Shakespeare’s <em>Antony and Cleopatra</em> from Rome ...
<p>Who is Oscar? (Hint: his real name isn’t Oscar.) This week, we reveal the man who inspired the Academy Awards’ iconic gold statue. Kurt Andersen talks with filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, who explains why the astounding special effects in his movie <em>Gravity</em> (up for 10 Oscars) take second place ...
<p>The powerhouse guitarist Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, calls her music a cross between pop and “lunatic fringe.” She tells Kurt Andersen how David Byrne and metal heroes Pantera inspired her new album. The author Rebecca Mead makes the case for George Eliot's <em>Middlemarch </em>as ...
<p>A stage play riffs on <em>Three’s Company</em> to talk about homophobia and drugs; is it fair use? Not to the copyright holder, who’s trying to block its publication. Kurt Andersen talks with comedian BJ Novak, who made his mark in <em>The Office </em>(as the know-it-all Ryan), and has published ...
<p>This week in Studio 360, using music to change the world. Pete Seeger, who died this week at age 94, told Kurt Andersen a few years ago about his most important work: singing at college campuses for bus fare. And when the Black Panthers wanted to spread their message, they formed an R&amp;B band, ...
<p>From Mary Shelley’s <em>Frankenstein</em> to George Orwell’s <em>1984</em> to Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated <em>Her</em>, artists have imagined what the future will look like. In this week’s episode, Kurt Andersen explores how science fiction has shaped the world we’re living in right now. ...
<p>This week, Kurt Andersen talks with Matthew McConaughey, who set out to transform his career with a string of dark, thorny roles. He just won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his edgy antihero Ron Woodroof in <em>Dallas Buyers Club</em>. Plus, a Texas tinkerer believes that he’s ...
<p>Leonardo DiCaprio talks with Kurt Andersen about how much greed is good — he stars in Martin Scorsese’s new film <em>The Wolf of Wall Street</em>. Ben Stiller brings Walter Mitty’s daydreams to the screen in the feel-good movie of the season. And we revisit the golden age of musical theater ...
<p>This week in our American Icons series, we take a look at Nirvana’s <em>Nevermind</em> — was it rock and roll’s last hurrah? Golden Globe nominee Kerry Washington shows her mean streak as the star of <em>Scandal</em>. And Jesmyn Ward relives the trauma of Hurricane Katrina in her novel <em>Salvage ...
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