Leital Molad

Executive Producer, WNYC Health

Leital Molad appears in the following:

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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The Mad Women of Madison Avenue

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mad Men lets its viewers revel in the glamour of the 1960s while still pointing a finger at the era’s backwardness — particularly when it comes to the treatment of women. But is Mad Men exaggerating? Not so much, says advertising veteran Jane Maas. In her new memoir Mad Women ...

Video: Peggy and Joan on Don's Engagement on Mad Men

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Miss Bala: The Beauty Queen and the Drug Lord

Friday, February 03, 2012

A new film called Miss Bala is an artful, riveting depiction of Mexico's drug war, and it isn’t the good guys-bad guys shoot-em-up you might expect. Instead, the story is told through the eyes of an innocent bystander: a beauty pageant contestant who finds herself in the wrong place at the ...

Video: A scene from Miss Bala

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Shalom Auslander and Anne Frank

Friday, January 20, 2012

What if Anne Frank had lived? That’s the premise of the new novel by Shalom Auslander, who made his name with the dark comic memoir Foreskin's Lament. Hope: A Tragedy is about a yuppie named Solomon Kugel who leaves New York City with his family for a a rustic farmhouse. ...

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's full conversation with Shalom Auslander


Angelina Jolie

Friday, January 06, 2012

You don't get much more famous than Angelina Jolie. The acting roles that made her famous (the troubled teen in Girl Interrupted, the ass-kicking archeologist in Tomb Raider) have long been overshadowed by her personal life – the endless stream of chatter about her six children with Brad ...

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American Icons: Moby-Dick

Friday, December 30, 2011

In this Peabody Award-winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of the great white whale.

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Teachers: No More Apple Crapple

Friday, December 09, 2011

For our next redesign project, Studio 360 is giving schoolteachers a makeover. Turns out a lot of teachers hate the treacly, old-fashioned visual imagery that gets dumped on them (ABCs, 123s, chalkboards, rulers, apples). One teacher told us she calls this iconography "apple crapple." ...

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R.E.M.'s Admirable Legacy

Friday, September 23, 2011

Back in the 1990s, R.E.M. used to joke that they’d play their final concert on December 31, 1999 and break up the next day.  Had they done that, with the original lineup intact (drummer Bill Berry left in 1997), they would have certainly gone out with a bang.The ...

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The Two Worlds of Gabriel Kahane

Friday, September 23, 2011

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 — but he also writes and sings his own indie pop songs. These days, those two worlds ...

Video: “Charming Disease” live in the studio

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Nicholson Baker's Literary Porn

Friday, July 29, 2011

He’s written books about World War II, poetry, the fate of newspapers. But as a novelist, Nicholson Baker has another side. Back in the 1990s, he published two R-rated works of fiction: Vox (1993) and The Fermata (1995).  Now he’s returning ...

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Aha Moment: Cy Twombly

Friday, July 22, 2011

In July we lost one of the great American painters — Cy Twombly, who was 83. Twombly defied categories. Unlike the abstract painters of the previous generation, like Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning, Twombly’s work was playful...

Bonus Track: Music Inspired by Twombly's Painting

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American Icons: Buffalo Bill's Wild West

Friday, July 15, 2011

He was the most famous American in the world – a showman and spin artist who parlayed a buffalo-hunting gig into an entertainment empire. William F. Cody’s stage show presented a new creation myth for America.

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Cy Twombly: Folksinger's Muse

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

We were saddened to learn of the death today of Cy Twombly, the American artist known for his abstract, childlike paintings. A couple years ago on the show, the songwriter Tift Merritt shared this touching story with us about how a Twombly painting saved her from her writer's block.

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The Antlers

Friday, June 10, 2011

In the age of the downloaded single, The Antlers had an unlikely hit with their 2009 concept album Hospice. The main storyline is about coming to terms with the death of a friend. But the music isn't what you'd expect — it’s not morose and spare, it's big and lush. The Antlers have lightened up some, subject-wise, but...

Video: The Antlers perform “I Don’t Want Love”

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R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe

Friday, May 20, 2011

Even after they became world superstars, the band R.E.M. never quite followed the pop mainstream.  And a lot of that has to do with the band’s frontman, Michael Stipe. Stipe has a distinctive voice and enigmatic lyrics.  But he’s also a photographer and filmmaker.  For 30 years, R.E.M. has released videos that...

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Wretches & Jabberers Take Autism on the Road

Friday, April 01, 2011

Wretches & Jabberers follows two men with autism as they go on a global tour to raise awareness about the disorder.  It's a vivid portrait of their struggles which manages to be both gripping and entertaining.

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Gary Clark, Jr., Saves the Blues

Friday, March 25, 2011

The blues has an awkward PR problem: it is one of the pillars of African-American culture, but for the last few decades, the people playing it and listening to it have been largely white. Gary Clark, Jr., would like to change that. There’s no trick to getting young people back to the blues, he thinks – it’s just a matter of awareness.

Video: Gary Clark, Jr., performs "Bright Lights" at SXSW

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SXSW 2011: Blues for Hipsters & Hip-hop Galore

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Today the SXSW Music Festival kicks off in Austin, Texas.  I’ll be heading out there tomorrow to check out 1/100th of the nearly 2000 bands that will be there: including blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., BoB, Das Racist, and the gender-bending sissy bounce rappers Big Freedia and Katey Red.

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