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Friday, October 14, 2011
A couple weeks ago, Kurt Andersen came clean on Twitter and Facebook. He admitted that (with two small exceptions), he’s never read a book or watched a movie more than twice. “I wonder how weird this is,” he asked. And we asked you to weigh in: Are you an avid rereader or rewatcher? More than a hundred of you responded ...
Friday, October 14, 2011
A novelist returns home to her prominent California Republican parents with the manuscript of a new book — a memoir filled with very dirty laundry. Needless to say, the reunion is vexed. Jon Robin Baitz’s play Other Desert Cities just arrived on Broadway, starring Stockard Channing and Stacey Keach. It’s part comedy ...
Thursday, October 13, 2011
A couple weeks ago, Kurt Andersen realized that he’d never read a book or seen a movie more than twice. The reasoning seemed clear: with so many great works (new and classic) to be discovered, life is just too short for revisiting old favorites. Right? We wanted to test Kurt's theory, so we asked: Are you an avid rereader / rewatcher? And if so, which works are worth a second look? ...
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards were announced today. The nominees include a first-time novelist and the recently deceased biographer of Malcolm X.
Friday, September 30, 2011
A couple weeks ago, Kurt Andersen threw out a notion into the Twitter and Facebook universes: “I'm not 100% sure, but I just realized I don't think I've ever read a book (my own and The Great Gatsby aside) or seen a movie (except for It's A Wonderful Life) more than twice ...
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Last weekend, the journal Nature Structure & Molecular Biology published a key discovery in the study of HIV — and it was made with the help of online gamers. They were playing Foldit, a game which challenges players to figure out the structures of real enzymes and proteins. One of those puzzles was a protein ...
Saturday, September 10, 2011
As part of The Requiem Project, we searched the WNYC Archives for voices that offer perspective on loss, grief and remembrance. The goal was for these voices to augment the music stream — text that would expand upon the themes in the music, and vice versa. We found accounts from volunteers who rushed to the World Trade Center site to help in the relief efforts, interviews with artists who struggled to capture the enormity of the event, and much more.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Over the last several months, Kurt Andersen has been asking guests about their memories of 9/11 and the changes that came after it. Hear responses from Michael Stipe, Jodie Foster, Björk, Suzanne Vega, Robert Lopez, and Miranda July.
Monday, August 29, 2011
As part of Q2's Requiem Project, we're collecting stories from the New York Public Radio archives to augment the music stream — voices that expand upon the themes in the music, and vice versa. We recently wondered: what if we blended the two? We've put together a little audio experiment and we'd like you to evaluate the results.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
As part of Q2's Requiem Project, we've been searching the NYPR archives for voices that offer perspective on 9/11 and help us better understand the world in which we now live. The stories that immediately stood out to me were of the volunteers who for months helped feed, clothe and comfort the people working at the site. "We have to understand that their existence in millions for each evil act is what keeps us going," the late evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould told WNYC's Marianne McCune.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Last week, the Library of Congress named Philip Levine the country’s 18th poet laureate of the United States, succeeding W.S. Merwin. “He’s the laureate, if you like, of the industrial heartland,” librarian of Congress James Billington said of Levine. “It’s a very, very American voice. I don’t know that in other countries you get poetry of that quality about the ordinary workingman.”
Friday, August 12, 2011
The 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks is approaching, and Studio 360 is curating a list of the best cultural works that responded to and helped us understand it. Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Rising” (from the album of the same name) evokes images of the day itself ...
Friday, August 05, 2011
It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy's weekly antics and humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy: from Desperate Housewives to 30 Rock – writers can’t live without Lucy.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
She makes movies, she writes fiction, and now, she tells fortunes. When we found Miranda July would be coming into the studio, we decided to put those skills to the test. We asked you to write in with your questions about the future — and we thought the results were a fascinating survey of what’s going on in the hearts and minds of America’s creative people. Miranda July fans, anyway.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Super 8 may be the biggest movie of the summer — but nothing can sway my loyalty to Friday Night Lights.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Sleep No More may be the most unusual, fantastical take on Macbeth ever produced. The London-based theater company Punchdrunk has transformed 100,000 square feet of New York City warehouse space into a meticulously detailed world — a kind of Macbeth theme park with no signage or...
Friday, June 10, 2011
If you’ve ever watched South Park, you know that a few of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's favorite things are organized religion and musical theater. In 2003, they did a musical episode all about Joseph Smith and the founding of Mormonism. This year the show's creators upped the ante considerably, teaming with composer Robert Lopez to...
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Marie Curie is the sexiest story in science history and has charmed authors, filmmakers, and playwrights. Add Alan Alda to the list, who makes his playwrighting debut with Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie. At the opening gala for the World Science Festival last night, a terrific cast (including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Liev Shreiber) performed a reading.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Book of Mormon is the toast of Broadway (with 14 nominations for June’s Tony Awards). Trey Parker and Matt Stone teamed up with Robert Lopez, best known for Avenue Q, to put the spring in the Mormons' steps. In this preview clip of Kurt Andersen's interview with Lopez, the composer deconstructs the song “All-American Prophet” and revives hooks previously lost to the cutting-room floor.