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Jenny Lawton

A proud native of the Second City, producer Jenny Lawton joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons specials on the Disney parks and "I Love Lucy," lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.

Jenny Lawton appears in the following:

Fancy a British Accent?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

With so many British actors playing American characters, Kurt wondered: how hard would it be to learn a convincing British accent?

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Aha Moment: Diane Arbus

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A photograph by Diane Arbus of a nudist family inspired a young photographer to transform the way he approached his subjects.

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Aha Moment: Kiss 'Alive!'

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Sergio Muñoz was only seven years old when he became a devotee of the band Kiss. Isolated and lonely, he imagined Gene Simmons as his own personal guardian angel. 👼

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American Icons: The Disney Parks

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stories from inside the oddly touching, sometimes creepy, deeply American utopia that Walt Disney created.

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How to Build the Perfect Musical

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jack Viertel gives a master class in American musical theater.

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Inside 'Sleep No More'

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The immersive play based on “Macbeth” may be the longest-running Shakespeare adaptation ever. 

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Finishing the Book, Finally

Thursday, March 17, 2016

It’s a familiar scene: the writer sitting at the typewriter, unsure of how to begin — but what about knowing when to stop? 

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Journalism Shines in “Spotlight”

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Print may be doomed, but Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” about The Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic church’s sex-abuse cover-up, makes the case for journalism. 

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Directors' Cut: Tom McCarthy

Monday, February 22, 2016

PRI
WNYC
An extended interview with Oscar nominee Tom McCarthy about the real reporters and victims behind “Spotlight,” and how he made the transition to the director’s chair. 
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Aha Moment: Lee Ann Womack

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sometimes a song on the radio can change your life. How “I Hope You Dance” saved one woman from a very expensive mistake.

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Gene Luen Yang, Ambassador from the Land of Comics

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang is the new national ambassador for young people’s literature — the first comics artist to hold that post. 

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The Master of Music Visualization

Monday, December 28, 2015

PRI
WNYC
Alexander Chen turns famous pieces of music into stunningly beautiful, super-simple animations that actually help you hear what's going on in the music.
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You’re a Complicated Man, Charlie Brown

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As joyful as the “Peanuts” strip could be, it always had an undertow of melancholy. That wry sadness comes straight from creator Charles Schulz, says his biographer.

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Carl Hiaasen’s Sunshine Noir

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Like all great satirists, Carl Hiaasen’s humor writing comes from a deep well of anger. He says he stays in South Florida, despite its corruption, because it’s worth fighting for.

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Compounding the Paris Tragedy, a Blow to Culture

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Instead of targeting major museums or landmarks, the terrorists struck Parisians where their hearts truly are: in cozy cafés and clubs.

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Lisa Randall: Knocking on Heaven's Door

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Harvard physicist Lisa Randall is at the forefront of the search for dark matter. But she thinks good science should be beautiful, too.

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The Computer As Artist

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Creative types tend to think computers will never take their jobs. They haven’t met Brutus.

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Carrie Brownstein on the Rise and Fall of the Best Band Ever

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Carrie Brownstein talks about founding one of the most beloved bands of the 1990s, Sleater-Kinney — and becoming a sketch comedy star with “Portlandia.”

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Twyla Tharp: 50 Years and On the Move

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The celebrated choreographer is touring the country right now. A giant of the modern dance world, she also has an unabashed love of pop music: in particular, Frank Sinatra.

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Aha Moment: Perry Mason vs. "The Paper Chase"

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jonathan Amsbary grew up on the idealized, "Perry Mason" version of what a lawyer could be. But "The Paper Chase" showed him what kind of person he didn't want to be. 

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