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Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC: Episodes

<p>An epidemiologist explains how life is like <em>World of Warcraft</em> when a deadly plague breaks out online. Rabies experts connect the dots between <em>The Iliad</em>, <em>Twilight</em>, and Louis Pasteur. Plus, an apocalyptic world where children should be seen and not heard — the sound they ...
<p>Most comedians have just a few memorable bits; <a href="http://summah.info/">Howard Kremer</a> has just one. Good thing he managed to build a comedy empire on it. A few years ago, Kremer had an epiphany while on the beach in Los Angeles: there was nothing more important in life than making the most ...
<p>He’s one of the most prolific art forgers ever — but Mark Landis won’t be prosecuted, because he never made a dime off his copies. What motivated him? We’ll also hear from Tavi Gevinson, who rose to fame as a preteen blogger; now a high school graduate, she’s making her Broadway debut. Plus, ...
<p>Linda Ronstadt’s career spanned decades and musical styles from country-rock to operetta. Parkinson’s disease has taken away her ability to sing, but she explains that she’s not ready to leave music behind yet. And Herb Alpert became famous by turning the sounds of a Mexican bullfight into mainstream ...
<p>A few weeks ago, “Rude” by the band Magic! managed to unseat Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” as the #1 song in the United States. While most songs of the summer have a honeymoon period before they face mass eye-rolling, “Rude” seems to have skipped right to divorce court. <em>Slate</em> <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/07/21/_rude_by_magic_is_the_no_1_song_on_billboard_s_hot_100_why_video.html" ...
<p>Patricia Lockwood, one of poetry’s brightest young stars, combines her funny Twitter persona with serious poetry to create surreal, text message-sized verse. She became internet famous for a poem called “Rape Joke” that managed to be both hilarious and devastating. We hear from Taylor Mac, the ...
<p>Rufus Wainwright was born into folk royalty, the son of Loudon Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle. But he discovered his greatest influence in an unexpected place: Verdi’s <em>Requiem</em>. And now, as a veteran performer himself and a father, he’s learned a thing or two about surviving in the business. ...
<p>There’s one item you can find in most restaurants from New York to California: a poster telling you how to save someone who’s choking. Though required by law in many states, those simple instructions tend to fade into the wallpaper. New York City’s official poster was designed by <a href="https://twitter.com/Duenes" ...
<p>Hunter S. Thompson pioneered Gonzo journalism — but there would be no Gonzo without the artist Ralph Steadman, Thompson’s longtime friend and co-conspirator. Steadman’s illustrations for stories like <em>Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas</em> defined their freaked-out feel. Kurt Andersen also talks ...
<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, ...
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