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Trey Kay

West Virginian Trey Kay came to New York to pursue acting, writing, and music. This led him to create and host The Natural Coffeehouse Radio Hour, channeling a Garrison Keillor-like character, for New York's WBAI. A Studio 360 contributor since the program launched, Trey has delighted in interviewing many of his heroes -- Edward Albee, Tom Waits, Sharon Olds, Spalding Gray, Diamanda Galas, Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver. 

One of his stories was featured in Studio 360's Peabody Award-winning hour "American Icons: Moby Dick." Trey has also reported for WNYC's Morning Edition, Day to Day, Weekend America, Marketplace, The Next Big Thing, Osgood Files and PBS's Frontline. He sings and plays guitar in the band Uncle Moon.

Trey Kay appears in the following:

American Icons: Mad Magazine

Friday, July 25, 2014

From David Letterman to the writers of The Simpsons, generations of comedians and writers have grown up reading Mad Magazine. It changed the way we consume pop culture and the way we talk about world affairs — along with a generous helping of dirtyish jokes and goofy parodies.

Slideshow: The Evolution of Mad Magazine

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American Icons: Nirvana's Nevermind

Friday, January 03, 2014

In April, the band Nirvana is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — it’s been 25 years since the release of their first album, a gnarly piece of late punk called Bleach. But it was their second album, from 1991, that made them famous. It was angry and bracingly cynical ...

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American Icons: Nirvana's Nevermind

Friday, September 16, 2011

Twenty years ago this month, a new sound blasted the cobwebs out of every radio station in America. It was angry and bracingly cynical; the album featured a naked baby swimming toward a dollar bill dangling on a fish hook, and it went #1 in the blink of an eye. In the words of music scholar Joshua Clover ...

Video: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

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Eco Art

Friday, April 22, 2011

Photographer Brandon Ballengée spends his days hunting for frogs with extra legs and missing eyes. He's an eco artist, and by seeking out these mutant anomalies, he hopes to bring environmentalism to new...

Slideshow: Brandon Ballengée's Eco Art

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American Icons: Dixie

Friday, April 15, 2011

It’s been a century-and-a-half since a minstrel tune called “Dixie” debuted in New York.  The song went viral, and soon North and South alike were whistling “Dixie.”  With the outbreak of the Civil War, “Dixie” became an anthem of the antebellum way of life.  And today we are still fighting over “Dixie.”

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The Great Textbook War

Friday, April 23, 2010

In 1974, during the most turbulent schoolbook boycott in U.S. history, schools were bombed and buses hit with sniper fire in Kanawha County, West Virginia because local community members objected to works by authors like Eldridge Cleaver and Allen Ginsberg. Studio 360's Trey Kay looks into the ...

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The Great Textbook War

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Trey Kay, producer, of the radio documentary “The Great Textbook War,” discusses the controversy that broke out in 1974 in Kanawha County, West Virginia, over newly adopted school textbooks. Supporters thought the textbooks would introduce students to multiculturalism, while opponents felt they undermined traditional American values. “The Great ...

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Eco Art

Friday, April 09, 2010

Photographer Brandon Ballengée hunts for frogs with extra legs and missing eyes. Andrea Polli translates hurricane data into soundscapes. By seeking out these (sometimes bizarre) ecological phenomena, they hope to bring environmentalism to new audiences. Produced by Studio 360's Trey Kay.

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Eco Art

Friday, November 14, 2008

Photographer Brandon Ballengée hunts for frogs with extra legs and missing eyes. Andrea Polli translates hurricane data into soundscapes. By seeking out these (sometimes bizarre) ecological phenomena, they hope to bring environmentalism to new audiences. Produced by Studio 360’s Trey Kay

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Alexis Rockman

Friday, July 04, 2008

Alexis Rockman wants his paintings to help people visualize big scientific phenomena like genetic engineering and global warming. But Rockman, who has an exhibition at The Rose Art Museum through July 27th, sticks to real science when it comes to freaking his viewers out. Produced by

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Eco Art

Friday, April 18, 2008

Photographer Brandon Ballengée hunts for frogs with extra legs and missing eyes. Andrea Polli translates hurricane data into soundscapes. By seeking out these (sometimes bizarre) ecological phenomena, they hope to bring environmentalism to new audiences. Produced by Studio 360’s Trey Kay.

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Brian and Gene

Friday, December 28, 2007

Rockabilly revivalist Brian Setzer was rummaging in the Sun Records vaults, looking for unknown gems he could cover. He struck gold with Gene Simmons' "Peroxide Blonde in a Hopped-Up Model Ford," but half the tune was missing, and Gene couldn't remember the other half. What's ...

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Courtney Love

Friday, August 10, 2007

Rock star, movie actress, widow of Kurt Cobain -- Courtney Love has had a number of labels over the years. At 43, she is trying to put all that hard living behind her. Dirty Blonde: The Diaries of Courtney Love is a scrapbook of journal ...

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Billy Joe Shaver

Friday, August 03, 2007

Billy Joe Shaver’s country tunes have been favorites of performers like Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Elvis. These songs were a huge part of Trey Kay’s childhood. And he says Shaver’s songs could touch the hearts of even the most stoic ...

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Porter Wagoner

Friday, June 22, 2007

In the 1960s and ‘70s, Porter Wagoner was Nashville royalty. His television variety show helped keep the Grand Ole Opry alive. This month, a new Wagoner album comes out on a rock label, but don’t call it crossover: as Waylon Jennings once said, “Porter couldn’t go pop ...

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Sherman Alexie

Friday, May 18, 2007

Sherman Alexie stays up all night too. The author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and the new novel Flight says it all started when he was a kid when he would stay up waiting for his father to come home. Produced by

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Michelle Shocked

Friday, May 18, 2007

Folk-rocker Michelle Shocked is a kind of a godmother to a young generation of singer-songwriters. For her, sleepless nights are sometimes the only way to write a song -- so she keeps a guitar right beside her bed. Produced by Trey Kay.

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David Maisel

Friday, March 30, 2007

Aerial photographer David Maisel shoots environmental messes -- like cyanide leaching fields and dried-out lakes. But his color prints are big, gorgeous, and mysterious. Maisel talks about his pictures of Los Angeles, just published in the book Oblivion, and how he seduces and betrays viewers at the ...

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Diamanda's Valentine's Day Massacre

Friday, February 09, 2007

Avant-garde composer and vocalist Diamanda Galás brings her “Valentine’s Day Massacre” to the Knitting Factory in New York City later this week. The concert is billed as a “spellbinding night of tragic and homicidal love songs.” Enough said. Produced by Trey Kay.

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Bebe Bleue

Friday, December 22, 2006

You've heard it in the mall this season -- the 1981 song "Christmas Wrapping," by the Waitresses. Bandleader Chris Butler wrote the song as a goof, and it never went away: the Waitresses had a New Wave classic on their hands. But after their surprise hit, Butler's ...

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