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Matt Frassica

Matt came to Studio 360 in 2014 from Louisville, Kentucky, where he was a features reporter for the Courier-Journal. There, he wrote about celebrity chefs, the world’s largest collection of poisonous snakes, and a former monk turned furniture maker to the presidents. He also taught courses on literary journalism, feature writing, and arts and culture reporting at Bellarmine University. Although he lived for four years in Louisville, he still doesn’t know how to bet on a horse race. His writing has appeared in Salon, The New York Observer, USA Today, the Detroit Free Press, The Rumpus and elsewhere. A former Studio 360 intern, Matt’s first piece for the show was on the design of that quintessential 1970s mode of transportation, the moped.

Matt Frassica appears in the following:

Introducing the Least Viral Videos on the Internet

Monday, July 21, 2014

Petit Tube presents only the least-viewed videos on YouTube, giving us a long look at the found poetry of internet unpopularity.

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You're in a Ford Commercial, Charlie Brown!

Monday, July 14, 2014

"Is this a commercial?" Linus asks. As ludicrous as these ads are, we have them to thank for those beloved Peanuts specials. 

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Mike Doughty Goes to Hell

Friday, July 11, 2014

Composer and indie rocker Mike Doughty made a New Year’s Resolution to kickstart a long-delayed project: writing a rock opera based on the Book of Revelation. How’s it working out so far? Well, the Earth hasn’t opened up to swallow him yet.

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Studio 360’s Summer Poetry Challenge: Battle of the High School Bards

Friday, July 11, 2014

Attention young poets: We want to hear your voices! Write us a poem on the theme of summer, and we’ll feature the best of your submissions online and pick a winner on our show.

Send us your poem

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Are Young People Losing Their Creative Edge?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Researchers have found creativity in decline among young people. A new study suggests that fiction by adolescents, in particular, has become less imaginative since the 1990s. What’s causing young folks to think more realistically? And should we brace for a wave of dull novels by millenials?

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How Would You Spend Stephen King's Money?

Monday, June 23, 2014

When Stephen King publishes a novel with the same title as your modestly selling book, you can expect a big bump in (mistaken) sales. 

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Ayn Rand's Cat Pic Addiction

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This letter from legendary sourpuss Ayn Rand to Cat Fancy proves that everyone, literally everyone, loves cute cat pictures.

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The Yellow Dog Blues Get Looped

Friday, June 13, 2014

W.C. Handy published “Yellow Dog Blues,” one of the first blues tunes ever recorded, 100 years ago. We asked you to send in your cover versions, and the results have been delightful and surprising — like this inventive looped violin version from musician Ari Swan.

Enter the 1914 Blues Challenge

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In Slender Man, We’ve Created a Monster

Friday, June 13, 2014

Legions of horror fans collaboratively invented the mythology of a fictional character named Slender Man, a monster tailored to the internet age. Then two 12-year-olds, inspired by the stories, allegedly tried to kill their friend. How did the monster become real?

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Bad Design Makes Twitter Angry

Thursday, June 05, 2014

A new pro soccer team in Louisville learned the dangers of slapdash design when an avalanche of Twitter ridicule greeted their new logo.

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Disney Princess Wants to Kick Butt, Suck Blood

Friday, May 30, 2014

She’s been acclaimed in serious roles in Caroline, or Change, and now as an aspiring doctor in A Raisin in the Sun. She’s played a Disney princess. But Anika Noni Rose would like to add to her resume: a superhero would be great, but she’d happily play the supervillain.

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Warning: This Class May Contain Literature

Friday, May 23, 2014

Should professors be required to warn students about content in their classes that might traumatize them? Some colleges want to put red flags on books like The Great Gatsby (for misogyny) and Things Fall Apart (for racism). Is this censorship by another name?

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Seth Rogen Learns that Women Can Be Funny

Friday, May 09, 2014

Seth Rogen has built a career playing overgrown adolescents. But in his new movie, Neighbors, he’s a new father who just wants to get some sleep. Does that mean Rogen has left man-childish things behind? Hardly, as the movie’s escalating prank war and copious drug use attest.

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Seth Rogen on James Franco, comic genius

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

James Franco may be a conceptual artist, writer, and English professor — but Seth Rogen is especially impressed at his longtime comic partner’s skills at improvisation.

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Kevin Spacey: Everyone Loves a Villain

Friday, May 02, 2014

Kevin Spacey has made a career out of hard-to-like characters: from “Verbal” Kint in The Usual Suspects to Francis Underwood in House of Cards. A new documentary follows Spacey as he tackled the grand-daddy of evildoers: Shakespeare’s Richard III.

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They Found Shakespeare’s Dictionary on eBay

Friday, May 02, 2014

Shakespeare coined scores of words, but where did he get his? Two booksellers think they’ve found Shakespeare’s own copy of a popular 16th century dictionary — with annotations highlighting unusual words that appear in the plays.

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How Crazy Is It to Spend Millions for an Old Violin?

Friday, April 11, 2014

More than 350 years ago, Antonio Stradivari created the best string instruments ever made — or at least, that’s the popular myth reinforced by stratospheric auction prices. But a study out this week found that violinists can’t really tell the difference between the million-dollar violins and new instruments ...

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Design for the Real World: Moped

Friday, January 29, 2010

Nathan Isherwood owns a moped repair and retail shop in Brooklyn. He loves the modest motorbikes because they're easy to fix and they get 100 miles per gallon. Produced by Matt Frassica.

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Love the Front Korea

Monday, August 31, 2009

Once in a while, a listener will write in to Studio 360 asking for a transcript of a story we've broadcast. Unfortunately, we don't have transcripts of the shows (it's just too time consuming and we have a very small staff), so we normally direct our listeners to the free streaming audio and mp3 downloads available on our website.

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Kurt Gets Auto-Tuned

Friday, August 21, 2009

Reports of the death of Auto-Tune are greatly exaggerated. This week on the show, we hear from the Gregory Brothers, a band that has turned the music industry's favorite note-correction software on TV newscasters and politicians. With their series of viral web videos "Auto-Tune the News," they've made divas out of talking heads.

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