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<p class="field-teaser">If your creative concept is original, quirky, and crazy enough, it will kill on Kickstarter. There was the <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/imaginationstation/detroit-needs-a-statue-of-robocop" target="_blank">Robocop ...
<p>Jon Fine’s college band Bitch Magnet only sold a handful of records, but they had an outsized influence on 90s rock. After playing a sold-out reunion tour, Fine has a new memoir about what went wrong with indie rock. Angelique Kidjo explains how she’s expanding her range with new musical collaborations. ...
<p>Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology” became a landmark of American poetry — by going deep into the darkness behind the ideal bucolic American life. We hear a live set from singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott, who performs as TORRES. She can’t talk with her family about being adopted, ...
<p>The choreographer Christopher Wheeldon took one of the most famous musicals ever –– “An American in Paris” –– and interpreted it for the Broadway stage. The African-American poet Terrance Hayes explains why he never really thought about race when he was growing up in South Carolina. ...
<p><span>Steve Coogan finds the comedy in becoming washed up in the new show “Happyish.” An artist and an astrophysicist figure out how to think about “dark matter” — the invisible energy that undergirds the structure of the universe. And Sideshow host Sean Rameswaram explains why 2015 might ...
<p>It costs $50,000 to have Billy Idol appear at a private event, but in 2012, a 25-year-old working at a Seattle mall convinced the rock star and his band to play his birthday party for free. All <a href="http://playmybirthdaybillyidol.com/" target="_blank">Michael Henrichsen</a> had to do was make ...
<p>Director Alex Garland plays with notion of humans loving robots in his new movie, “Ex Machina.” What it takes to train a canine star for the new film “White God.” And composer Jeanine Tesori sings her way through the making of her Broadway hit, “Fun Home.”</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/studio360/podcast/~4/iQOQrm3Wv9k" ...
<p>Hilary Mantel explains why we’re still so interested in Henry VIII: he was a real-life “monster-king.” Juliette Binoche stars as an aging actress in “Clouds of Sils Maria” opposite Kristen Stewart’s undermining upstart. And Dwight Yoakam plays his gritty, gorgeous country music live, ...
<p><em>Furious 7 </em>will be one of the <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/6/8351667/furious-7-biggest-box-office-movie-in-april" target="_blank">biggest movies of the year</a>. Since <em>The Fast and the Furious </em>came out in 2001, the combination of cars, speed, and Vin Diesel has made the ...
<p>Paul Beatty’s new novel, "The Sellout," manages to make our national conversation about race witty, profane, rude — and also very funny. A real-life Peggy Olsen dishes on the not-so-glamorous reality behind the "Mad Men" era. And we hear about hundreds of protest songs from the Civil Rights Movement ...
<p><span>It’s the end of the year and there are more “Best of” lists than there are people to read them, but we figured we’d add one that seems to be missing: the Best of the Internet. With the help of past <em>sideshow</em> guests, Sean Rameswaram attempts to compile a collection of the best ...
<p>The old ad said “StarKist don’t want tunas with good taste — StarKist wants tuna that taste good.” But some animals may have good taste after all. Scientists are recognizing cultural traits and behaviors in a growing number of species. We’ll hear from an ornithologist whose radical new definition ...
<p>Bert Williams was the most famous African-American entertainer of his day. But for some reason, his first film was never released. Now, 100 years later, it’s finally being seen. Also, we hear from Boots, the little-known producer on Beyoncé’s last album. And Lisa Kudrow finally steps out of the ...
<p>Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair don’t remember how the idea for <em><a href="http://vimeo.com/channels/highmaintenance" target="_blank">High Maintenance</a> </em>came to them. Considering the show’s subject matter, that’s to be expected. Though some might dismiss a web series about a weed ...
<p><strong>This is America’s vision of utopia.</strong></p> <p>Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. In 1955, Disney mixed up some fairy tales, a few historical facts, and a dream of the future to create an alternate universe. Not just a place for fun, but ...
<p>Alan Turing broke the Nazis’ Enigma code and helped win World War II for the Allies — and also invented modern computing; we’ll compare the legend of Turing to the reality. Mexico’s violent narcocorrido songs became a form of state propaganda. And the famous jazz musician Charles Mingus had ...
<p>Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album in 2013 was a giant hit, thanks to collaborations with super-producers like Timbaland, Pharrell, and Frank Ocean. But it was some guy named <a href="https://twitter.com/bootsonboots" target="_blank">Boots</a> who was credited with writing some of the album’s ...
<p>Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut with the movie <em>Rosewater. </em>It’s no comedy — the movie is based on the experience of a journalist who appeared on <em>The Daily Show</em>, and then was arrested and tortured for it in Iran. Also, the man behind the band Bahamas may hail from the great ...
<p>The director of the mind-bending blockbuster<em> Interstellar</em> explains that despite his reputation for making convoluted movies, he just wants you be entertained. Comedian Harry Shearer needed all 25 years of experience on <em>The Simpsons</em> to play his latest role, Richard Nixon, without ...
<p><em>WARNING: Nearly everything Issa Rae does features profanity.</em></p>
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/IssaRae">Issa Rae</a> spent most of her youth feeling awkward, and she’s never gotten over it. The awkwardness started in Senegal, where her father was from, and continued once she moved to ...
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