Leital Molad

Senior Producer, Studio 360

Leital Molad appears in the following:

American Icons: Barbie

Friday, February 13, 2009

How did a German streetwalker become the All-American Girl? Writers, artists, scholars and (of course!) kids talk about the staying power of Barbie.

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Bad Fortune Lack

Friday, November 21, 2008

While the Japanese are known to be secular or atheist, at Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples you'll often see people dropping coins in an offering box and praying (albeit briefly). Another ritual at these sites is to get a fortune, or omikuji. At the Akasuka Temple in Tokyo, you ...

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Biking the hills of old Kyoto

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Our disco-era Kyoto hotel redeemed itself when we found out they rent free bikes.  So our 24-hour visit was topped off by a delightful morning ride through the hills of the Higashiyama district.  It's the section with the largest concentration of temples and shrines, with narrow streets lined by old ...

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Kyoto hotel: ancient 70s chic

Monday, November 17, 2008

We're in Kyoto tonight after a wonderful interview with Pico Iyer in nearby Nara. (More on that to come.) In our 12 hours here, we got great tape, saw beautiful night-lit temples, and ate delicious sushi at a genuine local joint. Our accommodations, however, leave something to be desired. ...

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Street festival for drummers, breakdancers

Sunday, November 16, 2008

On the streets of Shibuya today: drum circles, drumming lessons, and breakdancing. We met a young radio reporter (Pejk spotted his DAT recorder) and he told us it's the third annual Shibuya music festival, called Shibu-on.

Some video highlights: first, breakdancing unplugged - to hand drums, pan flute and didgeridoo. ...

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Design for the Real (Japanese) World

Saturday, November 15, 2008

We (Americans) love to talk about how Japanese design - sushi, origami, bonsai trees - is amazing for its beauty and detail.  And yes, those things are there. But as I've been walking the streets of Tokyo, a few things have caught my eye that are much more utilitarian.

When ...

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She looks like an axelotl?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Today I joined Lisa Katayama for her interview with Erina Matsui, a 24-year-old artist who's already gotten the attention of Takashi Murakami and other art world big-wigs. Erina paints playful and surrealistic self-portraits, which she says should make people laugh. So as we walked into the Yamamoto Gendai ...

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

While Pejk and Jenny wandered the peaceful Yoyogi park, I hit the streets of Shibuya with our our freelance reporter Lisa Katayama. Lisa is working on a piece about a new generation of Japanese female artists who are playing with female archetypes - like the schoolgirl - in all kinds ...

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Aha Moment: Cy Twombly

Friday, October 03, 2008

After touring the country for a year in a van, singer/songwriter Tift Merritt needed a vacation -- bad. In the Centre Pompidou, she bumped into a canvas that gave her a new sense of purpose. Produced by Studio 360's Leital Molad.

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Stockholm Syndrome

Friday, April 04, 2008

The post-ABBA generation of Swedish pop stars is taking over international airwaves and iPods. Studio 360’s Leital Molad connects the dots with singer-songwriter José González and band members of the Shout Out Louds and Peter Bjorn and John.

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Gael Garcia Bernal

Friday, June 02, 2006

Studio 360's Leital Molad finds Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal irresistibly charming, no matter what kind of taboos his characters are breaking. She talked with Bernal about his breakthrough performance in Y Tu Mama Tambien and his new film The King.


American Icon: Barbie

Thursday, March 30, 2006

How did the Barbie doll become such a powerful symbol and ubiquitous toy? For our ongoing series on American Icons, we look at how Barbie started, how she endured, and what her future may hold. Produced by Studio 360's Leital Molad with production help from


Design for the Real World: Old Saint Nick

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Graphic designer Stephen Heller looks at how the image of the fat guy in the red and white suit evolved into a global brand called Santa Claus. Produced by Leital Molad.


Frank Stella

Saturday, December 04, 2004

In 1986, legendary sculptor and painter Frank Stella defied Melville’s instruction not to paint the White Whale, and then spent the next twelve years chasing an artistic obsession that Stella says nearly destroyed him. Produced by Leital Molad and Edward Lifson.


Robyn Hitchcock

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Musical cult figure Robyn Hitchock stopped by our studio to talk about his collaboration with American folk artists Gillian Welch and David Rawlings on the new album Spooked. Hitchcock explains how a Bob Dylan record he heard at the age of 13 set him on a new course in life. ...



Saturday, May 01, 2004

Last year theater audiences gazed at Fiona Shaw, who had the title role in a Broadway production of Medea by Euripedes. She portrayed a woman who murders her children as revenge against Jason, her unfaithful husband. Shaw, the New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley, and the play's director Deborah ...


Sherman Alexie

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Sherman Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington State, and he's written novels, movies, poetry and essays exploring modern Native American life. He called his first collection of stories The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. We asked Alexie to read a poem he'd ...



Saturday, April 03, 2004

One of the best known bugs in literature is Gregor Samsa. He's the protagonist of Franz Kafka's novella Metamorphosis. Gregor wakes up one morning to discover he's turned into a giant roach. Actor Danton Stone reads Kafka's opening passages. Produced by Leital Molad.


Charlotte's Web

Saturday, April 03, 2004

In children's literature, spiders have a history as heroes. Eric Carle's Very Busy Spider and David Kirk's Miss Spider's Tea Party are both modern classics of arachnophilia. The spider who won our hearts first, 52 years ago, is Charlotte, the heroine of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web. The novelist Susan Minot ...


The Urban Grid

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Kurt Andersen walks the streets of Lower Manhattan with Marilyn Taylor. She is the chairman of the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill — and heads its urban design and planning practice. Her firm is rebuilding 7 World Trade Center, one of the buildings destroyed alongside the towers. On ...