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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:

JFK Sings on the Moon

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A new opera imagines how John F. Kennedy spent the night before his assassination.

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Anna Quindlen on American Forgetfulness

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer explains why her midlife career change wasn’t as hard as you’d think.

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In Defense of Critics

Thursday, April 07, 2016

In his new book, “Better Living Through Criticism,” New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott argues that criticism is the highest form of art.

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Molly Ringwald + Laurie Simmons

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The pioneering photographer Laurie Simmons started out taking pictures of dollhouse furniture — inspiring “Tiny Furniture,” her daughter Lena Dunham’s breakout film.

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Marianne Moore's Odes to Animals

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Marianne Moore loved learning about animals, and she crammed scientific detail into her poems.

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Billboard Top Five, But For Whales

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Marine biologists have found evidence of the fastest cultural transformation in nature: whale songs that spread across oceans in a matter of months.

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Decoding Nature's Most Elaborate Mating Dances

Thursday, March 10, 2016

An ornithologist argues that our definition or art is way too narrow. It’s not just a human activity — lots of plants and animals have aesthetic preferences, too.

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You Won't Believe Who Almost Directed "Alien"

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

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Ridley Scott got his big break directing the first "Alien" movie, in 1979. But Scott says he was the studio's fifth choice. The director they asked before him? Robert Altman.
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Directors' Cut: Ridley Scott

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

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Director Ridley Scott made his name with science fiction: his "Alien" and "Blade Runner" became classics. He stayed away from sci-fi for 30 years, but now he's back in a big way.
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Alexander Chee on 'The Queen of the Night'

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Alexander Chee’s new novel, “The Queen of the Night,” spins a grand, operatic tale from a time when opera was “so damn sexy.”

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Yes, #OscarsSoWhite. How Do We Fix It?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Oscars’ lack of diversity has been a problem for years. What’s it going to take to change the story? 

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Return to the Wild, Wild Western

Thursday, February 18, 2016

From “Mad Max” to “The Martian,” why are Westerns, after a hundred-odd years, now the genre du jour?

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Cinematographer Roger Deakins Doesn’t Just Shoot Pretty Pictures

Thursday, February 18, 2016

One of the most celebrated cinematographers working just got his 13th Oscar nomination — this time, for the narco-thriller “Sicario.”

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Directors' Cut: Alejandro Iñárritu

Monday, January 25, 2016

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An extended interview with Alejandro Iñárritu, whose Western survival movie “The Revenant” is up for 12 Oscars.
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How Alejandro González Iñárritu Survived “The Revenant”

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu explains why bad shooting conditions make “The Revenant” good viewing.

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Why Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu Pities Donald Trump

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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The Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu says anti-immigrant comments from the Republican candidate prove he's "a poor man whose only possession is money."
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The Return of the Worst Film Ever Made

Thursday, January 07, 2016

In 1972, Jerry Lewis made perhaps the worst movie ever, about a circus clown at a Nazi concentration camp. In 10 years, you’ll be able to see it.

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At The Rijksmuseum, Old Paintings Get New Names

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Is Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum fixing a problem by changing some titles in its collection, or is it just a token gesture?

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Hilary Mantel’s Henry VIII is a Monster for All Seasons

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Hilary Mantel’s books “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” have reshaped how we think of Henry VIII — and made a hero out of the blacksmith’s son, Thomas Cromwell.    

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This Novel Is a Time Machine

Thursday, December 17, 2015

“City on Fire,” the first novel by Garth Risk Hallberg, returns us to the gritty streets of 1970s New York. We visit the Village to see what’s changed.

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