Jenny Lawton

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Stories of Loss and Recovery

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.

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Artists Respond to 9/11: Michael Stipe, Björk, Jodie Foster

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.

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To Score or Not To Score

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.

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Quiet Acts of Kindness

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.


Philip Levine: From Auto Worker To Poet Laureate

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.”

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Beauty from Tragedy: Artists Reflect on 9/11

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 ...

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American Icons: I Love Lucy

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.

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Absurd Architecture in Your Neighborhood

Friday, July 29, 2011

Which of these things is not like the others? Last week on the show, Kurt Andersen went head to head with the conservative culture critic John Silber, who railed against the “absurd” work of architects Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind for their flashy ...

Slideshow: The Experience Music Project

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Miranda July Asks: What’s On Your Mind?

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.

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Why I Won’t See Super 8

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Super 8 may be the biggest movie of the summer — but nothing can sway my loyalty to Friday Night Lights.

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Sleep No More

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...

Slideshow: Wandering Through Sleep No More

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Songs from The Book of Mormon

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...

Video: Robert Lopez performs “I Believe”

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Channels Madame Curie

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.

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Sneak Preview: The Book of Mormon Decoded

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.

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Soldiers Protecting Art, Art Protecting Soldiers

Monday, April 18, 2011

A recently discovered audio recording of a 1946 speech by then-General Dwight D. Eisenhower reminds us that "they who have dwelt with death will be among the most ardent worshipers of life and beauty and of the peace in which these can thrive."

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Monopoly Redesign: Do Not Pass "Go"

Friday, April 15, 2011

Later this year, Hasbro will unveil a partly-electronic version of one of the classic board games.  But Studio 360 thinks Monopoly needs more of a makeover to bring it into the 21st century.  Game designer Brenda Brathwaite says Monopoly is practically designed to be boring: it’s "literally just about waiting for people to run out of money...

Slideshow: Monopoly Through the Years

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Japan: Relief Through Art

Monday, March 21, 2011

Since the quake, Takehiko Inoue (the artist behind the manga Slam Dunk) he has posted several smiling images a day in support of the victims and to lift the spirits of his countrymen.

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Japan: The Imagination of Disaster

Friday, March 18, 2011

Last week, Japanese-American historian Bill Tsutsui found himself in Tokyo in the middle of the earthquake: “We were outside this hotel and the earth started moving.  And all of a sudden people started running out.  First just a few, but then wave after wave.  And after it was ...

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Iranians Who Dare to Rock

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The indie rockers in No One Knows About Persian Cats (out on DVD today) dare to play the music they love, even though they know it will likely land them in jail. Stars (and real-life musicians) Negar Shaghaghi and Ashkan Koshanejad told Kurt Andersen about the risks they faced while filming on-location in Tehran.

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Man Eats Lightbulb. Really.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In the off-Broadway spook show Play Dead, master magician Todd Robbins delights in pointing out that illusions are merely that.  But he performs one trick that’s shockingly, horrifyingly real.

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