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Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC: Episodes

<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 ...
<p>What a year was 1913! In an exhibition in a New York Armory, American viewers confronted Cubism and abstraction for the first time. In Vienna, the audience at a concert of atonal music by Schoenberg and others broke out into a near-riot. And in Paris, Stravinsky and Nijinsky’s new ballet <em>The ...
<p>The director Julie Taymor walks away from a high-profile flop and into a dream. She tells Kurt Andersen what went wrong on <em>Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark</em> and how she reinvented <em>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</em> in a new production off-Broadway. We look back on the year in culture: from ...
<p>Kurt Andersen talks with the writer and musician James McBride, whose novel <em>The Good Lord Bird</em> recently won the National Book Award. McBride also brings his gospel quintet into the studio for a live performance. Kate Manning tells the story of one of 19th century New York’s most infamous, ...
<p>The filmmaker Alexander Payne returns to his home state for <em>Nebraska</em>, starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as a father and son on a fateful road trip. Kurt Andersen talks with them and scene-stealing co-star June Squibb. We’ll explore the newest-oldest trend in movies: black-and-white. And ...
<p><strong>Follow the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discover places in the land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.</strong></p> <p>It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Wizard-Oz-Anniversary-Edition/dp/B00CNW9ZI6/wnyc-s360-20/" ...
<p>This week, Kurt Andersen announces a new listener challenge: design a holiday ornament to be printed in 3D, courtesy of MakerBot. A writer and book designer creates his tour-de-force — a catalog of books by an imaginary author. We’ll hear how a classic performance by Will Rogers helped bring ...
<p>Kurt Andersen talks with the actor Lucy Liu, the action-movie badass who for two decades has quietly pursued a side career as a painter. The young writer Daniel Alarcón, born in Peru and raised in Alabama, returns to South America in his novels. Plus, the stranger-than-fiction story behind the ...
<p>This week, the wunderkind composer Nico Muhly grows up — he tells Kurt Andersen why he chose a crime ripped from the headlines as the story for his new opera. Suzanne Opton captures soldiers at rest between tours in a series of haunting portraits. Plus, a critic assesses Banksy's month-long art ...
<p>This week, Kurt Andersen talks with Jessica Lange, who currently stars in the FX miniseries <em>American Horror Story: Coven</em>. We consider the blunders that lead Darwin and Einstein to their most brilliant scientific discoveries. And in American Icons, we revisit Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Puritan ...
<p>This week in Studio 360, two contrarian takes on black history. Jeffrey Wright is stealing this season of <em>Boardwalk Empire</em> as a black empowerment leader who sidelines as a murderous gangster. And in American Icons, we explore <em>Uncle Tom’s Cabin</em>, asking how the saintly hero Uncle ...
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