Jenny Lawton

Jenny Lawton appears in the following:

Sherlock Holmes Goes Digital

Friday, May 04, 2012

If you're a fan of the reboot of British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who, Steven Moffat is the patron saint of nerd cool. He's the visionary show runner and writer behind some of the se...

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Tracy K. Smith: Life on Mars

Friday, April 27, 2012

It’s the first poem about David Bowie to win the Pulitzer Prize. Tracy K. Smith’s collection Life on Mars contains many references to the man she salutes as the “Pope of Pop." Smith a...

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Winners: The Signficant Objects Story Contest

Friday, April 13, 2012

Last month, we announced our Significant Objects story contest. We picked out three objects from a thrift store — a doll ($5), a thermos with the Marlboro logo ($5), and a wooden trinket ($1) — and asked you to perform creative alchemy, turning junk into treasure by giving it ...

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Lena Dunham’s Girls

Friday, April 13, 2012

Lena Dunham is the creator, director, and star of the new HBO series Girls, and, at 25, happy to be called a girl herself. The show follows four young women trying to carve out adul...

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Aha Moment: Kiss Alive!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Sergio Muñoz was only seven years old when he became a devotee of the band Kiss. He discovered the Alive! album in Tower Records and was mesmerized by the cover. Isolated and lonely, ...


Kerry Washington Fixes Everything

Friday, April 06, 2012

In Scandal, Washington plays Olivia Pope, a DC lawyer-fixer who disappears the problems of her VIP clients.

Bonus Track: Striking a Scandalous Pose


Significant Objects: More of Your Stories

Friday, April 06, 2012

Last month, we announced our Significant Object story contest. We picked out three objects from a thrift store — a doll ($5), a thermos with the Marlboro logo ($5), and a wooden tri...

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Significant Objects: Your Stories

Friday, March 30, 2012

Last week we announced our Significant Object story contest. We picked out three objects from a thrift store: a doll ($5), a thermos with the Marlboro logo ($5), and a wooden trinke...


In Search of Significant Objects

Friday, March 23, 2012

It all started with a broken coffee cup. “It was a totally meaningless thing,” remembers Rob Walker, “but it happened to be a coffee cup that I had bought on a trip with my now-wife...

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Aha Moment: William Kennedy

Friday, March 09, 2012

In the 1980s, Marion Roach was a party girl and aspiring writer, clerking for The New York Times by day and hitting the clubs by night. She was in love with New York and felt she was...

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Aha Moment: Sullivan's Travels

Friday, March 02, 2012

Daniel Eagan knew from a young age that he wanted to pursue a career in film. The movie he credits with setting him on that path, Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels  (1941), also ga...

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Jacqueline Woodson: Beneath a Meth Moon

Friday, March 02, 2012

Jacqueline Woodson is one of the most successful writers of young adult lit working today. But her books aren’t about vampires or rich girls. The winner of three Newbery Awards, Woo...

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Suzan-Lori Parks' Porgy and Bess

Friday, January 13, 2012

Porgy and Bess was groundbreaking: an opera about poor African-Americans in South Carolina, starring a cripple, a tramp, and a drug dealer.  This weekend a new production opens on...

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Angelina Jolie

Friday, January 06, 2012

You don't get much more famous than Angelina Jolie. The acting roles that made her famous (the troubled teen in Girl Interrupted, the ass-kicking archeologist in Tomb Raider) have lon...

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Listener Challenge: a 420-Character Winner

Friday, January 06, 2012

Last month, the illustrator-turned-author Lou Beach released a book of extremely short stories — each just 420 characters long. Kurt Andersen challenged our listeners to write their ...

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Lisa Randall: Knocking on Heaven's Door

Friday, December 16, 2011

Harvard physicist Lisa Randall is at the forefront of the search for new theories about how the universe works.  She’s especially interested in dark matter and is involved in work a...

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The Computer as Artist

Friday, December 16, 2011

Computers have taken over an incredible array of human tasks. They fly our planes, give us directions, recommend books, set us up on dates.  But can they tell us a good story?

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Lou Beach’s 420-Character Stories

Friday, December 09, 2011

There’s a new collection of short stories — extremely short stories, just 420 characters long (including spaces). They feature western gunslingers, couples in crisis, dogs and talki...

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Aha Moment: From Proto-Punk to Perception

Friday, November 18, 2011

Larry Rosenblum is a professor of psychology with a focus on perception — he’s written a book about the senses called See What I’m Saying. Rosenblum credits a musical revelation with ...

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Your Occupational Tattoos

Friday, October 28, 2011

Last week on the show, we heard from people who are so passionate about their careers as scientists and mathematicians that they've tattooed equations and fragments of DNA on their ...

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