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Jenny Lawton

Jenny Lawton appears in the following:

Charlie Sheen, Chuck Lorre, and the Dangers of Vanity (Cards)

Friday, February 25, 2011

If you’ve just tuned in for the implosion of CBS’s most successful comedy, “Two and a Half Men,” you may be wondering: who’s this Chuck Lorre fellow?

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360 Preview: Josh Ritter, Martha Plimpton, and Junot Diaz Grow Up

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This weekend, Studio 360’s got growing pains.  In a special rebroadcast of a show recorded live at WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, Kurt talks to three incredibly talented Gen-Xers -- Josh Ritter, Martha Plimpton, and Juno Diaz -- about the moment they left their youth behind.

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Spark: More Stories About Art in Hard Times

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Donald Hall, Joel Meyerowitz, and Lynn Nottage.

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Spark: More Stories About Stuff

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Ben Burtt, Stanley Kunitz, and Elizabeth Streb.

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Spark: More Stories About Childhood

Friday, January 28, 2011

Listen to full interviews with Chuck Close, Richard Ford, Mira Nair, and Richard Serra.

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Goodbye, Hollywood (and Good Riddance)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jon Robin Baitz was already a successful playwright when he went to Hollywood to create ABC's Brother's and Sisters. The show was a hit for Baitz, but turns out, the city was anything but: "It was a nightmare.  Just the fact that I came from New York and wrote sort of serious-ish plays, before I opened my mouth, there was a kind of trope going around the network already: 'We can't have any of the Baitzian angst.'''

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Spark: Read Kurt's Foreword

Monday, January 24, 2011

Spark: How Creativity Works doesn't hit bookshelves until February 15.  But to get you in the mood, we've got a sneak-preview.  In his foreword to the book, Kurt describes how he embraced Daniel Boorstin's "Amateur Spirit" and summoned the courage to keep trying new things.

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Free Theatre Belarus Leaders In Hiding

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Belarus is called the last dictatorship in Europe.  The government censors the arts, so performance troupe Free Theatre Belarus performs secretly, in converted houses, to avoid arrest.  Today The New York Times is reporting that the leaders of the Belarus Free Theatre have been forced into hiding following an incident at a protest rally.

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360 Staff Pick: Modern Madrigals for December

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What, you think you're too cool for Christmas records?  You're going to like this one, and so will your granny.

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360 Staff Pick: Requiem for Steam

Friday, December 17, 2010

Requiem for Steam is photographer David Plowden's love letter to the steam engine, full of moving portraits of the machinery, the rails, and the people he's met on a lifetime of journeys.

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Jazzercise from the Jazz Age

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

While doing research for our art and medicine episode, we called our colleagues in the NYPR archives — a treasure trove of nearly a century of media made or collected at the station. And they found some pretty fantastic things in the stacks. 

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Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

About a year ago, Carrie Fisher (script doctor, memoirist, recovering Princess) took to Broadway a one-woman show called “Wishful Drinking” — an account of her struggles with alcoholism, failed romances, and brushes with death.  A filmed version of her stage show airs this weekend on HBO.

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On the Road With the Friedlanders

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

In the 1960s and 70s, the photographer Lee Friedlander took his family on summer road trips.  Along the way, he took pictures that established him as one of the most acute, celebrated, modern chroniclers of America.  Friedlander’s young son Erik (now a noted cellist) was sitting in the back seat.

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Oh Lincoln, My Lincoln

Friday, November 19, 2010

Daniel Day-Lewis, you're great and all — but we would've cast someone else as Lincoln in the upcoming biopic.

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I, Twain: the Graphic Novel

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Last week on the show, we heard about the first volume of Mark Twain's new autobiography, released (at Twain's expressed direction) a century after his death: “It has seemed to me that I could be as frank and free and unembarrassed as a love letter if I knew that what I was writing would be exposed to no eye until I was dead and unaware and indifferent.”  If you don't love Twain enough for 743 pages, here's a treat.

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Join a Choir Without Singing a Note

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Recordings of choral music can be discouraging: soft and diffuse, like the music is coming through cotton balls. That’s what so fantastic about Janet Cardiff’s sound installation “The Forty-Part Motet,” now on view at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Howard Jacobson Wins the Booker Prize

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Just last weekend, the British novelist Howard Jacobson was lamenting that he wasn't being taken seriously.  "There is a fear of comedy in the novel today," he wrote the Guardian Saturday Review. "When did you last see the word 'funny' on the jacket of a serious novel?"  Well, perhaps we'll see it more often.  Jacobson just won this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

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Aha Moment: To Kill a Mockingbird

Friday, July 09, 2010

Indie rockers Ra Ra Riot found sonic inspiration in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Singer Wes Miles explains that like the book, their song "Each Year" explores issues of prejudice.

Weigh in: Has a work of art changed your life?

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Extreme Makeover: Uncle Sam Edition

Friday, July 02, 2010

I’m as patriotic as the next guy.  But this morning on the subway, I couldn’t help but feel a bit deflated by the sight of our national mascot peddling fast cash. Uncle Sam, how could you?  Playing into our all-American desires to get rich quick and bling ourselves silly. That’s why Studio 360 proposed ...

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Andrew Jackson Rules

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Part history lesson, part satire, part blood bath — a lovely night at the theater, no? “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (now up at New York’s Public Theater) is a singing, dancing, punk-rocking rollick through the 7th presidency.

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