John DeLore

Born and raised in the well-mannered dairyland of Wisconsin, John moved to Brooklyn in 2003 to face his fear of large crowds and to pursue a career in music and audio engineering. After two years working a major recording studio, the now defunct Right Track Recording, John began his freelance career at WNYC. He contributed sound design to American Icons: The Great Gatsby. (He also found himself unwittingly tasked with preventing a tempestuous Courtney Love from smoking in the studio.) After a stint as the Technical Director for PRI’s Fair Game with Faith Salie, John worked with On The Media, Soundcheck, Freakonomics, Radiolab, Spinning on Air, Radio Rookies, and WNYC’s newsroom, before joining the staff of Studio 360 in 2012. John writes and performs literary folk rock as The Reverend John DeLore. He enjoys reading Dostoevsky by moonlight, and still dislikes large crowds.

John DeLore appears in the following:

American Icons: Native Son

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The story of a young man in the ghetto who turns to murder was an overnight sensation. But some think "Native Son" exploited the worst stereotypes of black youth. 


Jon Stewart on Filmmaking, Chicken, and the Future of "The Daily Show"

Friday, November 14, 2014

"Rosewater," which opens today, stems from an actual "Daily Show" story, and Stewart says that directing a Middle East thriller isn’t that different from writing jokes about the news.

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Andrew Bird: Live from Brooklyn

Friday, July 11, 2014

Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory play live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and he talks with bandmate Tift Merritt about how to overcome the fears that go along with being a performer.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Feminist Folk

Friday, June 13, 2014

Alynda Lee Segarra and her band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, bring a punky, feminist attitude to the traditional world of folk music. She’s got her sights set on that staple of old-time music, the murder ballad: she wants to give a voice to all those drowned lovers.

Video: "Blue Ridge Mountain" live in Studio 360

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Give Us the Yellow Dog Blues

Friday, May 30, 2014

Our latest listener challenge asks you to send us your version of W.C. Handy’s classic "Yellow Dog Blues," and the entries so far range from the traditional to the far-out. Today we hear submissions from Allison Leyton-Brown and Kelly Pratt.

Enter the 1914 Blues Challenge

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McConaughey vs. McConaughey: True Detective Meets Dazed and Confused

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

We’ll see your Oscars speech and raise you one, Matthew. Your Rustin Cohle says “time is a flat circle,” so we put Dave Wooderson behind the wheel of his 1970 Chevy and had him pick up our favorite Nietzschean True Detective. Let’s listen to how the conversation unfolds.

Listen: McConaughey vs. McConaughey

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Scary Shorts: Terror in 30 Seconds or Less

Friday, February 14, 2014

A couple weeks ago, we announced Studio 360's Scary Short Film Festival and gave you a challenge: create a scary movie on the theme of “young genius,” no longer than 30 seconds. Tim Thomas of Lynchburg, Virginia sent us Grey Matter, in which a Harvard graduate awakes to find ...

Watch the submissions and enter the contest

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Mike Doughty’s Biblical New Year’s Resolution

Friday, January 10, 2014

What is the creative project you’ve been meaning to get done? Last year, we followed four listeners who, with our periodic encouragement/nagging, all reached their goals. When we put out the call for 2014, we heard from hundreds of people eager to throw their hat in the ring ...

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Mario Buatta: Prince of Chintz

Friday, November 08, 2013

In the 1970s and 80s, Mario Buatta made a name for himself creating opulent, English country style interiors for the rich and famous. He’s designed for Jackie Onassis, Barbara Walters, and Henry Kissinger — he also created rooms in Blair House, the White House’s guest residence. ...

Slideshow: Mario Buatta’s Interiors

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Live in-Studio: Bill Callahan

Friday, October 11, 2013

As a young man in 1990, Bill Callahan started making music under the post-industrial moniker Smog. Smog’s music was experimental and spartan: just Callahan’s baritone singing over minimalist guitar riffs. At the center of it was his poetic and spare lyrics, which always took priority for Callahan ...

Video: Bill Callahan, "Spring" live in Studio 360

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American Icons: Native Son

Friday, September 06, 2013

The story of a young man in the ghetto who turns to murder was an overnight sensation. But some think Native Son exploited the worst stereotypes of black youth. We trace the line from Bigger Thomas to Notorious B.I.G., and visit a high school drama class acting out Native Son, and struggling to grasp the racism their grandparents experienced.

Video: Author Richard Wright's screen test for the film adaptation of Native Son

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Exclusive: Foxygen, "Cosmic Vibrations" (live video)

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

A couple hours before their recent show at New York's Mercury Lounge, we caught up with Foxygen's Sam France and Jonathan Rado on a playground across the street from the venue. They played an acoustic version of their new song “Cosmic Vibrations.” And they told the story of how they gave ...

Video: "Cosmic Vibrations"

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Foxygen: Ambassadors of Peace, Magic, & Really Good Music

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

“On Blue Mountain, God will save us. Put the pieces back together." So sings Sam France, frontman of the young, psychedelic rock band Foxygen. ”Blue Mountain” is a track on their killer album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. Maybe "Blue Mountain" is based on some real ...

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Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Friday, March 22, 2013

While classical institutions usually bemoan the aging audience, Eric Whitacre’s fanbase is squarely in a prize demographic of 18-to-30 year olds. Whitacre is the most popular choral composer working today, his music performed by school choirs, university groups, and professional ...

Bonus Track: “Oculi Omnium,” performed by the Eric Whitacre Singers

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Hey! Ho! Let's Poe! Remixing NFL Names

Monday, January 28, 2013

I am an English major and a fan of professional football. So for this year’s Super Bowl, it will come as no surprise that I'm rooting for the Baltimore Ravens, the only team in the NFL named for a poem. In the spirit of literature and gridiron, I want to re-name all the NFL franchises. ...

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Beck’s Song Reader: Open to Interpretation

Friday, December 21, 2012

Beck has always been an unpredictable musician: from the folk-rock of Mellow Gold, to the digital sounds of Odelay, to the raucous funk of Midnite Vultures. But for his latest project, there’s no music at all — unless you want to make some yourself. Song Reader, published by McSweeney's ...

Video: Kurt Andersen & radio friends perform "Saint Dude"

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Eve Sussman's Algorithmic Noir

Friday, July 06, 2012

A new film premiered last year that is truly one of a kind. whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir was made by Eve Sussman and her collaborators, known as the Rufus Corporation. They shot most of the footage in Kazakhstan, improvising the script and taking advantage of the Soviet Union’s ...

Video: Watch the trailer

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The Sights and Sounds of Concert Halls

Friday, May 11, 2012

In the last decade, concert hall construction has been booming.  And according to architectural historian Victoria Newhouse, these buildings are changing our experience of live music in unexpected ways.  She and Kurt visit Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Built in 1969, the hall ...

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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.” The ceramic casualty made Walker realize that the stories we attach to objects may be ...

Enter Studio 360's Significant Objects story contest

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Eve Sussman's Algorithmic Noir

Friday, December 16, 2011

A new film premiered this year that is truly one of a kind. whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir was made by Eve Sussman and her collaborators, known as the Rufus Corporation.  They shot most of the footage in Kazakhstan, improvising the script and taking advantage of the Soviet Union’s ...

Video: watch the trailer

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