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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:

Judging a Designer by His Covers

Friday, August 15, 2014

When Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out, it didn’t look like any other book of its kind. That’s thanks to Peter Mendelsund, whose uncluttered book jacket designs are irresistible, and always come from his deep engagement with the material.

Slideshow: A Selection of Mendelsund's Covers

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High School Poets Write Summer Heartbreak

Friday, August 15, 2014

The judge of our latest listener challenge, poet and professor Dorothea Lasky, sees some themes developing in the Battle of the High School Bards — like summer romance gone wrong.

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Film School in Six Minutes

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In his series of videos, Every Frame a Painting, Tony Zhou decodes the craft of filmmaking with examples from filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Edgar Wright, and Bong Joon-ho. It's basically like taking a filmmaking course from a very funny, slightly profane professor.

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Poetry Challenge: Magdalena from New Mexico

Friday, August 08, 2014

In our latest listener challenge, we’re calling for high school writers to send us their poems about summer — that season of long walks, hot sun, and frosty desserts. We talk with one of the young authors who entered excellent work.

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Extra Credit Poetry Challenge: Zofia from Massachusetts

Friday, August 01, 2014

It’s summer, and something about long, languid days calls out for poetry. Our latest listener challenge is for high school poets, and the results have been varied and lovely. This week, we talked with one of the entrants.

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Who's Afraid of On the Media?

Friday, July 25, 2014

We asked On the Media's Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone to duke it out in this parody of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? from our American Icons episode on Mad Magazine.

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Introducing the Least Viral Videos on the Internet

Monday, July 21, 2014

Petit Tube presents only the least-viewed videos on YouTube, giving us a long look at the found poetry of internet unpopularity.

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You're in a Ford Commercial, Charlie Brown!

Monday, July 14, 2014

"Is this a commercial?" Linus asks. As ludicrous as these ads are, we have them to thank for those beloved Peanuts specials. 

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Mike Doughty Goes to Hell

Friday, July 11, 2014

Composer and indie rocker Mike Doughty made a New Year’s Resolution to kickstart a long-delayed project: writing a rock opera based on the Book of Revelation. How’s it working out so far? Well, the Earth hasn’t opened up to swallow him yet.

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Studio 360’s Summer Poetry Challenge: Battle of the High School Bards

Friday, July 11, 2014

Attention young poets: Write us a poem on the theme of summer, and we’ll feature the best of your submissions online and pick a winner on our show. Send us your poem

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Are Young People Losing Their Creative Edge?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Researchers have found creativity in decline among young people. A new study suggests that fiction by adolescents, in particular, has become less imaginative since the 1990s. What’s causing young folks to think more realistically? And should we brace for a wave of dull novels by millenials?

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How Would You Spend Stephen King's Money?

Monday, June 23, 2014

When Stephen King publishes a novel with the same title as your modestly selling book, you can expect a big bump in (mistaken) sales. 

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Ayn Rand's Cat Pic Addiction

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This letter from legendary sourpuss Ayn Rand to Cat Fancy proves that everyone, literally everyone, loves cute cat pictures.

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In Slender Man, We’ve Created a Monster

Friday, June 13, 2014

Legions of horror fans collaboratively invented the mythology of a fictional character named Slender Man, a monster tailored to the internet age. Then two 12-year-olds, inspired by the stories, allegedly tried to kill their friend. How did the monster become real?

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The Yellow Dog Blues Get Looped

Friday, June 13, 2014

W.C. Handy published “Yellow Dog Blues,” one of the first blues tunes ever recorded, 100 years ago. We asked you to send in your cover versions, and the results have been delightful and surprising — like this inventive looped violin version from musician Ari Swan.

Enter the 1914 Blues Challenge

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Bad Design Makes Twitter Angry

Thursday, June 05, 2014

A new pro soccer team in Louisville learned the dangers of slapdash design when an avalanche of Twitter ridicule greeted their new logo.

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Disney Princess Wants to Kick Butt, Suck Blood

Friday, May 30, 2014

She’s been acclaimed in serious roles in Caroline, or Change, and now as an aspiring doctor in A Raisin in the Sun. She’s played a Disney princess. But Anika Noni Rose would like to add to her resume: a superhero would be great, but she’d happily play the supervillain.

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Warning: This Class May Contain Literature

Friday, May 23, 2014

Should professors be required to warn students about content in their classes that might traumatize them? Some colleges want to put red flags on books like The Great Gatsby (for misogyny) and Things Fall Apart (for racism). Is this censorship by another name?

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Seth Rogen Learns that Women Can Be Funny

Friday, May 09, 2014

Seth Rogen has built a career playing overgrown adolescents. But in his new movie, Neighbors, he’s a new father who just wants to get some sleep. Does that mean Rogen has left man-childish things behind? Hardly, as the movie’s escalating prank war and copious drug use attest.

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Seth Rogen on James Franco, comic genius

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

James Franco may be a conceptual artist, writer, and English professor — but Seth Rogen is especially impressed at his longtime comic partner’s skills at improvisation.

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