Alana Harper

Alana joined Studio 360 in 2011. A writer and longtime public radio listener, Alana developed an interest in radio while earning a master’s degree in arts journalism at Syracuse University. She works on Studio 360’s Science and Creativity series and produces and manages content for (such as this video about photographers Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor). She has also produced stories on political mashup videos, the Beastie Boys’ album Paul’s Boutique, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She is the former producer for the “Gig Alerts” series on, Soundcheck, the Post-Standard, and A native of Dallas, she’s a proud Tex-Mex and barbecue snob.

Alana Harper appears in the following:

"Saved by the Bell" Meets Feminist Theorist Bell Hooks

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The work of leftist cultural critic bell hooks meets the TV series "Saved by the Bell" on the internet's best new blog. 
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Cibo Matto Returns, with Ghosts

Friday, May 02, 2014

The band that helped define 1990s downtown cool has come back with its first record in 15 years. Cibo Matto plays from the concept album Hotel Valentine live in the studio, explaining how their maturity has given them more confidence as songwriters.

Bonus Track: “Déjà vu” live in Studio 360


Stoners Get Real in High Maintenance

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Created in 2012 by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the web series follows an anonymous pot dealer (played by Sinclair) as he makes deliveries all over New York City. Each 5-15 minute episode focuses on a different customer. They vary in age and class and rarely fit the stoner profile ...

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American Woman: Breaking Barriers, Breaking Ground

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wigs, skulls, and upper class woes inspired three artists — Cindy Sherman, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Edith Wharton — to challenge what it meant to be a woman in the 20th century. In honor of Women’s History Month, we present three features from Studio 360’s American Icons series that ...


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Ghetto Brothers: Latin Garage Rock

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In the 1960s, a group of guys in the Bronx were inspired by the Black Panthers and Puerto Rican nationalism to organize. They were called the Ghetto Brothers, and when they weren't playing music, they were operating as a gang under the same name. Benjy Melendez was a teenager ...

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Video: Inking an Epic

Monday, December 30, 2013

Charlie Capp pledged to draw a comic book adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 2013, and he’s poised to finish it. At 144 illustrated pages, that's about one page per stanza.

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Afro-Japanese Mashup Art

Friday, June 07, 2013

The defining mode of our time has got to be the mashup. There are mashup videos, mashup songs – wherever there’s a will to combine disparate bits of entertainment or art, there’s a mashup. And when it’s done right, the result can be something fresh and illuminating. Artist Iona Rozeal Brown ...

Slideshow: Paintings by Iona Rozeal Brown


Our Favorite Photo Remixes

Friday, December 14, 2012

A few weeks ago, we launched a new listener challenge involving photography: we asked you to use ten elements provided by photographers Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor to create a photomontage. You answered the call by sending us more than 600 original compositions. They will be back on the show ...

Slideshow: The Studio 360 staff's favorite photo remixes

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Viral Videos Mash Up the Vote

Friday, November 02, 2012

There is a proliferation of blogs, videos, and other homemade political commentary thriving online in this election cycle and taking control of the story away from the campaigns and the news media. YouTube has become a breeding ground for mashup and parody videos that move virally ...

Videos: Political mash-ups gone viral

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Tim Page's Do Not PlayList

Friday, July 13, 2012

A couple weeks ago, the music critic Tim Page posted a shortlist on Facebook of “perfectly good music that I never need to hear again.” He included Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, acts 1, 2, and 4 of Puccini’s La Boheme, Dave Brubeck’s "Take Five," and the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper's ...

Studio 360's Do Not PlayList

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Aha Moment: Beastie Boys

Friday, March 23, 2012

Young Jean Lee is a playwright who’s become an it-girl of experimental theater in New York City. But as a kid in the late 1980s, Lee was mainstream, dressing in Esprit and listening to New Kids on the Block. But a Rolling Stone review convinced her to splurge on Paul’s Boutique ...

Video: "Hey Ladies" by the Beastie Boys


Carolina Chocolate Drops Reclaim the Banjo

Friday, March 09, 2012

Last month, a giant of folk music died, the 93-year-old fiddler Joe Thompson. He was instrumental in carrying a very old tradition of African American string band music into the 21st century, and inspiring young protégés like the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops ...

Video: Carolina Chocolate Drops perform at the 2010 Black Banjo Gathering

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Staff Pick: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A couple months ago, a friend sent me a link to a web series called The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, calling it “one of the few pieces of media I've seen that claims it's catering to 'indie-minded' black girls and actually nails it.” That’s a tall order, ...

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Gig Alert: Frank Carlberg and Nicholas Urie's City Band

Monday, August 30, 2010

Frank Carlberg, the jazz pianist and composer with an affinity for poetry, co-leads a large ensemble tonight at Tea Lounge. Download his whirling piece "Heaven."


Gig Alert: Gold Panda

Monday, August 30, 2010

The new golden boy of the electronic scene plays Glasslands Gallery tonight. Download his new track "Snow & Taxis."


Gig Alert: Xenia Rubinos

Monday, August 30, 2010

This rising Brooklynite with a penchant for Latin rhythms and children's rhymes performs at Barbes tonight. Download her quirky, brilliant track "Los Mangopaunos."


Gig Alert: DJ /rupture

Friday, August 27, 2010

The golden boy of the DJ world performs at the Whitney Museum of American Art on Friday night. Download his stirring, strut-worthy track "Layin in Bed/Overture Watermelon City."

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Gig Alert: Annie Gosfield Chamber Works

Friday, August 27, 2010

The avant-gardist composer presents an evening of her adventurous music Friday at the Stone. Download an excerpt from her spare yet raucous piece "Lightning Slingers and Dead Ringers."


Gig Alert: Elikeh

Friday, August 27, 2010

The D.C. band brings its Togolese sound to Joe's Pub on Saturday. Download the group's politically-charged track "Adje! Adje!"


Gig Alert: Autolux

Thursday, August 26, 2010

These deft shoegaze revivalists are back with a new album, and they're playing Bowery Ballroom tonight. Download the band's new track, "Supertoys."