°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

Michele Siegel

Michele Siegel appears in the following:

Apple’s Newest Update

Friday, June 17, 2011

Last week, Apple’s Steve Jobs made a design presentation — not to masses of swooning tech journalists, but to the Cupertino, California city council. What Jobs unveiled this time was Apple’s future corporate headquarters. The design, by celebrated architect Norman Foster, is shaped like a giant ...

Comments [4]

Aha Moment: Designer Karim Rashid

Friday, May 20, 2011

Industrial designer Karim Rashid creates ordinary household objects known the world over: he has more than 3000 in production, including the Umbra “Oh Chair” and the Bobble Water Bottle which filters water as you drink.  He found his calling early, when his family crossed ...

Comments [5]

When Art Just Isn't the Best Agent for Social Change

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Back in 2007, Kirsha Kaechele decided to take the New Orleans neighborhood St. Roch, with its decaying shotgun shacks, and renew it by building an arts community.  But four years later, the area is once again in ruins leaving neighbors to ask: what went wrong?

Read More

Comments [3]

World's Biggest Museum Opens in China

Friday, April 01, 2011

"That is one mother of a Confucius!"  Beijing-based reporter Jocelyn Ford is not prone to hyperbole, but that was her uncensored reaction this week when she visited China's National Museum on Tiananmen Square. On April 1, the museum opens to the public after a three-year expansion...

Slideshow: The National Museum of China Reopens

Comments [2]

Saved from Obscurity: Vivian Maier's Street Photos

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's the final days of an extraordinary exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center: a photo show by an unknown genius who quietly toiled away at her talents, alone, for decades, but who was almost lost to time.

Read More

Comments [2]

Patton Oswalt Geeks Out

Friday, March 04, 2011

The comedian Patton Oswalt reads the title essay from his new memoir: Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland. As Oswalt sees it, we all fall into one of these three science fiction fantasy archetypes. Take our survey and let us know which group you're a member of!

Comments [11]

Tagging in the Streets

Friday, February 04, 2011

Amid all the journalist-bloggers on the Cairo streets this week, Ahmed "Danny" Ramadan's posts on the arts news site Hyperallergic stood out to us. Especially the way he noticed how street graffiti had changed since the protests began. When Studio 360 reached Ramadan earlier this week, he told us that the "graffiti started out with simple slogans like: 'We love Egypt' and 'Down with Mubarak.'" But then it got more creative, Ramadan said.

Read More

Comments [1]

Poetry at the Revolution

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Some of the world's greatest art has been inspired by revolution, but how often does a work of art become part of the revolution itself? Watching the protests in Cairo last week, Egyptian poet Tamim Al-Barghouti was inspired to write a brand new poem -- its Arabic title roughly translates as "Oh Egypt, It's Close."

Read More

Comments [1]

Novelist’s Loner Protagonist is All Too Real in Tucson

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Like the rest of the twitterati the novelist Walter Kirn quickly tried to make sense of the Arizona shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others.

As events unfolded, Kirn’s tweets stood out. By Sunday night, Kirn realized the uncanny similarities alleged shooter Jarred Loughner shared with Kent Selkirk, the socially-inept-loner-on-the-internet protagonist of Kirn’s novel, The Unbinding.

“It was a sense of recognition,” Kirn told Studio 360's Kurt Andersen. “The forces that created this Loughner may be spawning more of him.”


Novelist's Loner Protagonist is All Too Real in Tucson

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Like the rest of the twitteratithe novelist Walter Kirn quickly tried to make sense of the Arizona shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others.

Read More

Comments [1]

This Book Will Not Be Digitized

Monday, November 22, 2010

To the list of labels Jonathan Safran Foer has acquired over the years--wunderkind author, outspoken vegetarian, one of those Brooklyn "Jonathans"--  we can now add "literary sculptor." This month he's turned the paperback novel into an interactive sculpture which needs no battery power or wifi. Foer's new book will *never* be able to fit on a Kindle or Nook and that's kind of the point.

Read More


Franzen on Wharton

Monday, November 01, 2010

So, it's mid-autumn and if you're done reading the it-novel of the fall of 2010 --Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, natch-- how about cracking open the it-novel of the fall of 1905? Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.

Read More

Comments [2]

American Icons: The House of Mirth

Friday, October 29, 2010

In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants to set her own destiny, and broke ground for countless writers who followed.

Comments [3]

360 Pick: Rotary Downs Plays On

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Hurricanes and oil spills won't stop this New Orleans band. They embrace city's gumbo-like spirit layering each tune with a jillion textures and the odd horn riff. Through it all, they never lose their rock n'roll cred. Take 'Montrez-Vous:' it's got a seriously danceable hard-driving percussion but also includes xylophone, cowbell, maracas, bongos, organ, and a chorus in French. The final track 'Indian Summer' makes time for trumpets, gorgeous vocal harmonies, whimsical lyrics, and messy jam-bandy moments. Worth putting on repeat in any season.

Read More


Hey World, Look At Us, We're The Greatest

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Oh, say can you compose a new anthem?

Well, the jury's still out on that. A few weeks ago we began our listener challenge to create a new national anthem with the hopes that people would write new lyrics and music for song that could take the place of the ...

Read More


Experimenting with Laughing Gas

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Richard Holmes tells the story of chemist Humphrey Davy’s experiments with nitrous oxide (a.k.a. laughing gas). It's a wild tale of how the scientist convinced friends — like the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Mark Roget — to be human guinea pigs. Ironically enough, Roget (the future creator of Roget's Thesaurus) had trouble picking words to describe his experience: "I felt myself totally incapable of speaking."

Read More


OK Go Out-Goldbergs Rube Goldberg

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Finally, a YouTube time-suck guaranteed to delight you with repeated viewings.  If, by the end, your jaw is not scraping the floor, you will be sporting an ear-to-ear smile of gee-whiz amazement.

The band OK Go made viral video history back in 2006 with their goofy treadmill ...

Read More

Comments [2]

The Art of Conversation

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Guggenheim Museum's walls are bare at the moment to make room for a piece by conceptual artist Tino Sehgal called "This Progress." Kurt talks with Sehgal about the work: a series of four improvised conversations the visitor experiences along the building's famous ...


360 Staff Pick: Bright Star

Monday, February 22, 2010

If pale young couples on the misty heath isn't your cup of Earl Grey, Bright Star will change your mind about British costume dramas. Jane Campion (The Piano) wrote and directed this exquisite film based on the heartbreakingly short life of the poet John Keats ...

Read More

Comments [1]

G.I. Oboe

Friday, January 22, 2010

Last year classical musician Meredeth Rouse signed up for the U.S. Army Band. Alongside soldiers nearly half her age, she had to get comfortable with rifles, hand grenades, and chemical warfare. In the Army, even an oboist has to get through boot camp. Produced by Studio ...

Comments [4]