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Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC: Episodes

<p>“Weird Al” Yankovic has parodied generations of pop stars — and outlasted most of them. Now he’s scored his first Billboard #1 with <em>Mandatory Fun</em>. He plays his first hit, “Eat It,” live, mashing up Michael Jackson and Eric Clapton. Kurt talks with actor Tony Hale, who name playing ...
<p>Pogo might be one of the most popular musicians in the world, but there’s a fair chance you’ve never heard of him. He doesn’t drop surprise albums like Beyoncé or fill stadiums like the Boss, but he rules on YouTube. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/Fagottron" target="_blank">His channel</a> ...
<p><em>Holler If Ya Hear Me</em>, the Broadway musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur, closed after just one month of performances. Reviews were lackluster and ticket sales disappointing. But the show’s star, poet and actor Saul Williams, says Broadway audiences need to get over recycled shows like ...
<p>What does today’s sci-fi mean for our real-life future?  Cyberpunk author Neal Stephenson argues that it’s time to get over our love of dystopia. A class at MIT searches sci-fi classics for technologies they can invent right now, although maybe they shouldn’t. Geoengineers take a tip from Carl ...
<p>The greatest interview ever recorded won’t get as many hits on YouTube as a cat giving a high five. The people behind <a href="http://blankonblank.org/" target="_blank"><em>Blank on Blank</em></a> want to make audio go viral. They take audio gems that fell on the cutting-room floor, or low-fi cassette ...
<p>Are young people getting less creative? New research suggests teens’ fiction is a lot less interesting than it was in the 1990s. Performance artists tell what they really think of Shia LaBeouf and James Franco muscling in on their turf. A new trend in stripped-down, minimal motorcycle design harkens ...
<p>From Mary Shelley’s <em>Frankenstein</em> to George Orwell’s <em>1984</em> to Spike Jonze’s Oscar-winning<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><strong>This episode of <em>Sideshow</em> features explicit language. </strong></p>
<p>The internet was supposed to kill TV, but the two have become BFFs. Superfans turn to entertainment sites, YouTube, and podcasts to sustain the experience of their favorite shows. Episode recaps have been driving ...
<p>This week, Studio 360 is broadcasting from 1914, covering the cultural happenings of a remarkable year. Charlie Chaplin debuted the Tramp, the character who defines the silent film era, in that year; one of America’s great newspaper cartoonists invented the first animated character, Gertie the dinosaur; ...
<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 ...
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