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:

#4: Samantha Irby Gets High on Light

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Abbi and writer Samantha Irby have a trippy experience inside an artwork made entirely of light. They’ll never look at a sunset the same way again.

#2: Tavi Gevinson Wonders When It’s Done

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Abstract art can be hard to make sense of. What’s it all about? Am I getting it? With the help of choreographer Mark Morris and Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson, Abbi overcomes her doubts.

Seth Rogen, Lovable Man-Child

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Seth Rogen has built a career playing overgrown adolescents. But he says having a heart is key to successful comedy.

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As You Dislike It

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A theater critic says the unsayable: “I hate Shakespeare.”

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E.T. (Eight Tentacles)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Want to know what it’s like to meet an alien? Introduce yourself to an octopus.

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Albert Einstein’s Pop Culture Afterlife

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Einstein’s celebrity status turned him into a pop culture caricature. That’s still how we understand him, says novelist John Wray.

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It's All Relativity

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The theory of relativity made Albert Einstein a household name. But coming up with the discovery was anything but elementary.

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How to Catch a Spacetime Wave

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Astrophysicist Janna Levin explains why it took scientists 100 years to confirm one of Einstein’s most outlandish predictions: gravitational waves.

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Neal Gabler on the Presidency as a Performance

Thursday, November 10, 2016

How the government-entertainment-industrial complex elected Donald Trump.

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Now We're Cooking with Math

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng has come up with a novel way to communicate math concepts: through baking. Wouldn’t chocolate cake have made calculus more palatable?

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Dreaming with Snowblink

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman, the duo behind Snowblink, introduce us to their “nondenominational, devotional pop music” and what it’s like to hear things in a visual world.

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This is Your Brain on Art

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Nobel prize winning neuroscientist, Dr. Eric Kandel, fuses his knowledge of the human brain and his love for visual art.

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Lawrence O’Donnell on the Unreality of a Reality Show Candidate

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word” has been inside Washington and also fictionalized it as a writer for “The West Wing.” But he’d never have written a fictional candidate like Trump.

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Dancing with the Scientists

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The annual Dance Your PhD contest challenges doctoral candidates to take their research from the lab bench to the barre.

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High School Reunion

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Kurt Andersen always remembered being inspired by his 11th grade English teacher, Gary Sedlacek. So he decided to give him a call.

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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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