Leital Molad

Senior Producer, Studio 360

Senior Producer Leital Molad has been with Studio 360 since it was hatching as a pilot in early 2000, and helped bring it to the airwaves with the launch team in 2001. In her decade at the show, Leital has worked as a producer, editor, reporter, and engineer, traveling as far as Tokyo and Cody, Wyoming for special editions of the program. She was the sound designer of the Peabody Award-winning episode American Icons: Moby-Dick and won an AP award for producing Kurt Andersen's interview with musician-poet Patti Smith. She holds a master's degree in journalism from NYU, and currently teaches a podcasting course at the School of Visual Arts’ Design Criticism program. She occasionally moonlights for other WNYC projects, like the Battle of the Boroughs talent competition, where she does her best Simon Cowell on the judges’ panel. Leital is a native Texan and got her start in radio at KVRX, the student station at the University of Texas at Austin.

Leital Molad appears in the following:

The Mad Women of Madison Avenue

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Jane Maas lived the “Mad Men” life, working in a big ad agency in the 1960s and ‘70s. She says the casual misogyny in the show is spot-on.

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Kehinde Wiley’s Modern-Day Royalty

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The artist Kehinde Wiley wondered why he never saw people who looked like him in museums. His ground-breaking paintings, which borrow from art history, are changing that.


A B-52 Steps Out on Her Own

Thursday, February 12, 2015

After 40 years of making music with The B-52s, Kate Pierson is out with a new solo album that teamed her up with an unlikely pop star.

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American Icons: Buffalo Bill's Wild West

Thursday, January 29, 2015

William F. Cody’s stage show presented a new creation myth for America, bringing cowboys, Indians, settlers, and sharpshooters to audiences.

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Live in the Studio: Bahamas

Friday, November 14, 2014

Singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who records as Bahamas, romanticizes faraway people and places in his music — including the Bahamas, where he’s never set foot. 

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And the Oscar for Worst Award Show Goes To...

Sunday, March 02, 2014

We ended up again with awards that were all expected, except Best Picture -- we were betting on Gravity, as it seemed to have all the perfect elements for the top Academy Award: action, suspense, accessibility, emotion and uplift.

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Makerbot and the Holiday Ornament Challenge

Friday, November 22, 2013

If a button’s missing on your remote control, your kid’s toy car has a broken wheel, or the temple tips fall off your eyeglasses, you’d probably just throw your hands up and say, well there goes that. Those days could soon be over thanks to a cutting-edge technology: 3D printing ...

Enter the 3D Printing Challenge

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American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Friday, October 04, 2013

How do you memorialize a war that was more tragic than triumphant? Inscribed with the name of every fallen soldier, Maya Lin’s granite wall became a sacred place for veterans. 

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Viral Videos Mash Up the Vote

Friday, November 02, 2012

There is a proliferation of blogs, videos, and other homemade political commentary thriving online in this election cycle and taking control of the story away from the campaigns and the news media. YouTube has become a breeding ground for mashup and parody videos that move virally ...

Videos: Political mash-ups gone viral

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DJ /rupture Remix Challenge Winners

Friday, September 14, 2012

DJ /rupture says a good remix has to disrespect the original song, breaking it down to build it back up into something surprising; he doesn’t want to hear the original with little embellishments or a new beat. He provided the raw materials for our Remix Challenge: six tracks from "L'Avion," ...

Listen to the winning remix


Live in Studio: The Heavy

Friday, September 07, 2012

Even if you don’t know the song "How You Like Me Now?" by name, you’ve almost certainly heard it. The gritty tune has been ubiquitous for a couple of years and is even included on the official Obama re-election campaign playlist. The band behind the song, The Heavy ...

Video: "What Makes a Good Man?" live in Studio 360

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Live in Studio: Dirty Projectors

Friday, July 13, 2012

Dirty Projectors manage to be both avant-garde and accessible — the band plays experimental rock you can still dance to. They’ve collaborated with Björk and David Byrne, and been covered by Solange Knowles (sister of Beyoncé). Dave Longstreth, the band’s lead guitarist ...

Bonus Track: “The Socialites”


Live in the Studio: Bahamas

Friday, June 29, 2012

Singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who records as Bahamas, romanticizes faraway people and places in his music — including the Bahamas, where he’s never set foot. His new album, Barchords, is instrumentally spare but emotionally rich.  He performs live in in the studio.

Video: “Already Yours”

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Bell Orchestre

Friday, June 22, 2012

A couple of years ago, a group of Canadian indie rockers (some play in Arcade Fire) decided to write and play their own chamber music. Their album As Seen Through Windows is a lush, surprising mix of instruments and melodies, many of them born out of improvisation ...

Video: Bell Orchestre play "The Gaze" live in Studio 360


Girl in a Coma

Friday, June 01, 2012

The San Antonio band Girl in a Coma formed over a junior high obsession over the tortured music of Morrissey. “I loved him so much it hurt,” says singer Nina Diaz, who was only 13 when she joined the band. “I turned vegetarian after that, started reading Oscar Wilde, eating yogurt ...

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The Many Worlds of Gabriel Kahane

Friday, May 25, 2012

On a given weekend, you might find Gabriel Kahane performing a piano sonata in a concert hall … or stumble upon him at a bar, playing with a rock band. He composes classical music for chamber groups and orchestras — plus he's just written a 1940s era musical which combines ...

Video: “Charming Disease” live in the studio


Filmmaker Mark Duplass: The Anti-Slacker

Friday, May 11, 2012

A new kind of leading man has taken hold in Hollywood: the lovable loser. Together with his brother Jay, Mark Duplass has written and directed smart, affecting comedies about these losers.  His new film Jeff, Who Lives at Home stars Jason Segel as a 30-year-old stoner settled in to his ...

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Aha Moment: The Rolling Stones and Of Montreal

Friday, April 27, 2012

The band Of Montreal is known for its theatrical, over-the-top shows. Frontman Kevin Barnes’ antics and flamboyant costumes recall the heyday of glam rock. Barnes wasn’t a born performer — as a teenager, he was a loner, painfully shy. On a family camping trip, his uncle brought along a guitar ...

Bonus Track: Kevin Barnes covers the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb”

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Nneka's Heavy Soul

Friday, April 13, 2012

It’s rare that a musician comes along whose songs are both political and globally appealing. Nneka’s music is a mixture of Afrobeat, hip-hop, R&B, and folk. She's just released her second album in the US, Soul is Heavy, and plays acoustic versions of some of the songs in our studio ...

Video: Nneka, "My Home" - live in Studio 360

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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 adult lives for themselves in New York City, struggling with independence, sex, and work. Comparisons ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with Lena Dunham

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