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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:

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.

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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?    

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Why Did Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" Disappoint?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

“The Newsroom” marked Aaron Sorkin’s much-anticipated return to TV, but it got canceled after just three seasons. Willa Paskin of "Slate" diagnoses its fatal flaws.

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Marianne Moore’s Odes to Animals

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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

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Decoding Nature’s Most Elaborate Mating Dances

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Yale 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 experiences, too.

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Rediscovering Bert Williams

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The first movie with an African-American cast starred Bert Williams, the first superstar black entertainer. No one has seen it until now.

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The Ballad of a Failed State

Friday, November 21, 2014

For decades, Mexican culture has celebrated the exploits of drug traffickers in songs known as narcocorridos. With the drug war become ever more violent, the songs have followed suit.

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Bill Cunningham's Old School Photography Meets Instagram

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bill Cunningham, one of the most charming and old-school of fashion photographers, still shoots on film. But, thanks to his assistant, he's a must-follow on Instagram.
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What's Your Word of the Year?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Every year, dictionaries announce the words that made the biggest impression. And once in a while, they even get it right. What word would you pick if you had the choice?
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