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:

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 build a monument to a war that was more tragic than triumphant? Maya Lin was practically a kid when she got the commission to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. Her minimalistic granite wall was derided by one vet as a “black gash of shame.” But inscribed with the name of every fallen soldier, it became a sacred place for veterans and their families, and it influenced later designs like the National September 11 Memorial. 

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's full interview with Maya Lin

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Afro-Japanese Mashup Art

Friday, June 07, 2013

The defining mode of our time has got to be the mashup. There are mashup videos, mashup songs – wherever there’s a will to combine disparate bits of entertainment or art, there’s a mashup. And when it’s done right, the result can be something fresh and illuminating. Artist Iona Rozeal Brown ...

Slideshow: Paintings by Iona Rozeal Brown


Marques Toliver: A Busker's Fairy Tale

Friday, May 10, 2013

A few years ago, when he was barely in his 20s, Marques Toliver left a small town in Florida to try to make it in New York City. Like many struggling musicians, he started playing on sidewalks and subway platforms, but he wasn’t another scruffy dude with a guitar.  Toliver plays violin like a virtuoso ...

Bonus Track: "CanAan"

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Raul y Mexia: The Sound of Latino America

Friday, April 05, 2013

Mexican-American rapper Mexia Hernández says he wants to be the voice of first-generation Latinos born in the United States. That's bold, but Hernández isn't some nobody: his father is Hernán Hernández, frontman of the legendary norteño band Los Tigres Del Norte ...

Bonus Track: "Solo Para Ti"


The xx: The UK's Shyest Pop Stars

Friday, February 08, 2013

Four years ago, a group of 20-year-olds from South London who craft quiet, soulful electronic music suddenly made a huge noise. They called themselves The xx.

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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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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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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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Will Ferrell en Español

Friday, March 09, 2012

Will Ferrell can make just about anything funny: playing the flute, negotiating with a toddler, just standing around in his underpants. For his latest movie, he joined a cast of Mexican actors for a role performed entirely in Spanish. Casa de Mi Padre is the big-screen version of ...

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