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:

Angelique Kidjo: Traditional Music Is Always Evolving

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Angelique Kidjo has been one of world music’s most prominent voices for decades. Now she’s taking risks, collaborating with Philip Glass on the hardest songs of her career.

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Bitch Magnet: The Best 90s Band You've Never Heard Of

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jon Fine’s college band, Bitch Magnet, had an outsized influence on 90s rock. They broke up 25 years ago, but their following grew online and they reunited for a triumphant reunion tour.


How Not to Make a Comedy about Native Americans

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Native American actors walked off the set of the latest Adam Sandler movie, offended by racist jokes. How could Sandler have handled the situation differently?

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Steve Coogan Feels “Happyish”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The actor and comedian Steve Coogan stars in the new series “Happyish,” about a middle-aged ad exec who’s suddenly out of the loop. It’s a character he knows well.


"Ex Machina" Director Alex Garland Says, Love Your Robot

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Writer-director Alex Garland talks about his new movie and why sex with robots is fine by him.

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

Thursday, April 09, 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.    


Paul Beatty Doesn’t Care If You’re Offended

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Paul Beatty’s new novel, "The Sellout," is a scathing take on race and self-righteousness in America today. And it might be the funniest book you read all year.


Harassment Behind the Curtain

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A playwright speaks out against the culture of sexual harassment that lingers on and off Broadway.

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A Composer’s New Work Is Deemed Dangerous For Children

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony abruptly canceled the Carnegie Hall debut of a young composer because his piece includes a musical quotation of the Nazi anthem. Did they make the right call?

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John Ridley’s “American Crime” Breaks the Mold of Crime Shows

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Ridley won an Oscar for writing “12 Years a Slave.” Now he’s back with a new series that takes a hard look at race and justice in the present.


Will a Chinese “Saturday Night Live” Get Past the Censors?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

China is one of the world’s biggest markets for art and culture, but censors there still have the last word over what people get to see. Is freedom of expression coming?    


Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” Shows What Racism Really Feels Like

Thursday, February 12, 2015

With her latest book of poetry, "Citizen," Claudia Rankine writes beautifully about one of our ugliest realities: racism.


Peter Carey: From Outback Outlaws to Militant Hackers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Peter Carey’s latest novel, “Amnesia,” sees government surveillance and cyber terrorism from an Australian perspective.

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4,000 Years of Picturing the Stars

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A new book surveys the history of humanity’s attempts to depict the universe, with results both beautiful and surprisingly accurate.


French Political Cartoonist Tomi Ungerer's First Retrospective in US

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The French cartoonist and illustrator has skewered the powerful for decades. The 83-year-old's first U.S. museum retrospective opens in New York this week.
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Mike Leigh: Most Movies Are Boring

Thursday, January 08, 2015

After decades of making acclaimed movies about how we live now, the auteur has turned to history with a portrait of J.M.W. Turner, one of Britain’s greatest artists.


Who is "Charlie Hebdo"?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

After gunmen killed 12 at a French satirical magazine, the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik explains the importance of “Charlie Hebdo.”

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Meet the Young Composer Taking Classical Music by Storm

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Matthew Aucoin has been composing music since he was in grade school. Now 24, he’s accomplished more than many musicians do in a lifetime.  

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Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The director of “Boogie Nights” and “There Will Be Blood” explains why he took on the supposedly unfilmmable novelist Thomas Pynchon in his latest movie, “Inherent Vice.”

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Indie Rocker Mike Doughty Tackles the Book of Revelation

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mike Doughty’s plan was simple: adapt the Bible’s Book of Revelation into a rock opera. In one year. How did he do?

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