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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:

Netflix’s New Release “Tallulah”: Steal This Baby!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

When Sian Heder worked as a hotel nanny, the writer-director of “Tallulah” was tempted to kidnap a neglected baby. Instead, she made a movie about it.

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Fancy a British Accent?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

With so many British actors playing American characters, Kurt wondered: how hard would it be to learn a convincing British accent?

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This Is Your Brain on Laughter

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The neuroscientist Sophie Scott says modern science is missing a big part of human experience by ignoring laughter.

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Going to Laughter Yoga, Part One

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Kurt and Mary Harris, the host of Only Human, check out something called laughter yoga.

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Chris Gethard Gets Serious

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Comedian Chris Gethard says comedy helped him when he was suffering from depression—but it wasn’t until he got help that his career took off.    

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Going to Laughter Yoga, Part Two

Thursday, July 14, 2016

How does laughter yoga make you feel? And can laughing improve your health?

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That’s All, Folk: Basia Bulat’s Pop Transformation

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fresh off a breakup, the folky, autoharp-wielding Canadian songwriter Basia Bulat went into the studio in Louisville, Kentucky. She came out with a bona fide pop album.

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Shamir Campaign

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Shamir Bailey burst out of high school obscurity with his blend of infectious dance rhythms and ebullient energy. But he warns his legions of new fans: this is only version one.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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