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Jess Jiang

Jess Jiang appears in the following:

The Ultimate Mixtape

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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I recently discovered The Messengers, the amazing remix project by hip hop artist K'NAAN and producer J.Period. The collection is a tribute to musical greats Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan. On the track 'Messengers and Prophets,' K'NAAN explains why he chose the artists: 'Who has ...

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360 Staff Pick: MGMT Goes All In

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

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 The electro-rock duo MGMT (Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden) has reinvented itself on their sophomore effort, Congratulations, which comes out next Tuesday, April 13.

Just when I thought nothing could be weirder than the cover art of the new album (a two-headed chimpanzee ...

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The Large Hadron Collider Is a Smash Hit

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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After 15 years and several false starts, the Large Hadron Collider research program has finally begun.  Early this morning, 3300 feet below the Swiss-French border near Geneva, it...
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Asperger's Gets Prime-Time Attention

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Last week on Studio 360, we explored how arts and creativity can teach us about autism.  And last year, Kurt talked with Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page whose Asperger’s Syndrome wasn’t diagnosed until he turned 40.  For others, it may go undiagnosed for a lifetime. ...

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The Great Barrier Skull

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Last Sunday, I visited Volta NY to get my contemporary-art fix.  The room was tightly packed with nearly a hundred solo exhibits.  Visually exhausted after walking aimlessly for over an hour, I was struck by the simple (and eerie) beauty of one piece – a skull suspended in ...

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I've Seen This Movie Before...

Friday, March 05, 2010

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Does the story of 'Avatar' seem eerily familiar to you?  For student Randy Szuch, the answer is a resounding yes.  In this genius mashup, Szuch matches the audio of 'Avatar' with scenes from a beloved Oscar-winning Disney film from 1995.

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Bruce Willis vs. Gorillaz

Thursday, March 04, 2010

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Bruce Willis is a car chase extraordinaire -- think the hair-raising flying car chase scene in 'The Fifth Element' (1997).  Now he's chasing down the Gorillaz (a band fronted by animated monkeys, but really the work of musician Damon Albarn and comic book creator Jamie Hewlett).  ...

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Tarantino, Forever Young

Thursday, February 25, 2010

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This week, Quentin Tarantino stops by Studio 360 to talk about the Academy Award-nominated film 'Inglourious Basterds.' Of course, he's no stranger to the awards circuit -- he was nominated for an Oscar for Directing 'Pulp Fiction' (1994) and won a little gold man ...

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The Penny Gets a Makeover

Sunday, February 21, 2010

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In this week's show, Kurt says that we can find the Lincoln Memorial on the back of any old penny. Well, that old penny is getting a new backside. Last week, the United States Mint released a new one-cent coin, in honor of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. ...

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And the Snail-Mail Prize Goes to…

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Our Valentine Redesign Challenge elicited many great entries to our Flickr page.  And we received mailed-in submissions too.  They ranged from a set of miniature cards 'inspired by a muse and faces of love' to my favorite, a three-foot tall by two-foot wide poster from Victor Stabin.  He ...

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Shakespeare on the Small Screen

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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This week, the Royal Shakespeare Company announced that it will come to New York for a five-play residency during the summer of 2011, as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.  And the company will perform the plays in a full-scale replica of its Stratford-upon-Avon theater reconstructed inside the ...

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Makin' Whoopies

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

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Julie Powell -- the author and Julie of Julie & Julia -- cooked 524 recipes in 365 days.  That's small potatoes compared to Brooklyn's Cathy Erway, a twenty-something-year-old hipster who ate nothing from restaurants, take-out spots, or street-stands from September 2006 through September 2008.  (The project ...

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Nobody Puts Jane Austen in a Corner

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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It's Friday night, and I'm sweating on the dance floor. Am I at some chic nightclub? Not exactly. Instead of a techno beat, the sounds of fiddles, guitars, recorder, dulcimer, and banjo hang in the air.

Okay, I confess: I love Contra dancing. It's a rowdy mix ...

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Helping Haiti: Relief through Music

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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The human tragedy in Haiti is overwhelming, and it's hard to know what we can do from hundreds or thousands of miles away. Here's one thing…

January 20 through 25, New York's City Winery (155 Varick Street) is holding a series of four emergency benefit concerts ...

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Do the Golden Globes Have a Glass Ceiling?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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The Golden Globe Awards are this Sunday, and I'm excited, especially for one nominee. The buzz is all over director Kathryn Bigelow and 'The Hurt Locker,' an action film about a bomb-defusing squad in Baghdad.

Last summer, Bigelow talked to Kurt about her transition from ...

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Lessons in Enjoying Tea

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

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Instead of drinking my daily 8 cups of water, I've kept myself hydrated (and warm) this winter with tea. I once thought making tea was as simple as boiling water. Oh, how wrong was I. Everything I now know about tea I learned on Malian Dao, a mile-long street in Beijing exclusively devoted to the wholesale of tea. When my legs were tired, I picked a random store and asked the sales clerk to pin cha or tea taste. What I thought would be a 20-minute errand turned into a three-hour lesson in how to enjoy a cup of tea.

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Poetic Recycling

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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With the new decade fast-approaching, I can't help but think about reinvention. Studio 360 has done several segments that take dusty old ideas and wipe them clean with poetry. Recycling them into verse can reveal surprises. Here are some of my favorites.

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A Sip of Sherlock

Thursday, December 24, 2009

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This week, Studio 360 follows the ever-evolving Sherlock Holmes, who jumps off the pages of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle into the modern world as children's lit's Encyclopedia Brown and TV's Dr. House.

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Offset carbon...and cheating

Monday, December 14, 2009

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We’ve about reached the halfway point in Copenhagen’s two-week long negotiating bonanza known as the UN Conference of the Parties. One hot topic (no pun intended) is the practice of carbon offsetting. Yes, offsetting is an economically efficient solution, but does it ultimately fail us?

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A Musical Romance

Friday, December 11, 2009

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This week on Studio 360, Kurt unpacks the songwriting inspirations of Rickie Lee Jones, the reigning 'Duchess of Coolsville.' In this gem from the cutting room floor, she discusses the songwriter who makes her think 'we're made from the same part of God's clay.' (Plus, don’t miss Kurt’s five-second debut as a back-up singer.)

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