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Dick DeBartolo, Mad’s Maddest Writer, Won't Not Grow Up

Friday, July 25, 2014

One of the longest-serving writers in the Mad bullpen, Dick DeBartolo sold his first piece to the magazine when he was a Brooklyn high school student. Nearly 50 years later, “Dickie D.” is still resisting adulthood with the best of them.

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Studio 360

Saul Williams’ Tupac Musical Closes on Broadway

Friday, July 25, 2014

Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Tupac musical, was forced to close after just one month of performances. Is Broadway still not ready for stories about the ‘hood?

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's full conversation with Saul Williams

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Studio 360

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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Studio 360

Lydia Loveless Leaves the Country Behind

Friday, July 25, 2014

Singing about doomed romance and drunken phone calls comes easily to Lydia Loveless. But stories of childhood loss? Those cut deep. Loveless writes songs that reduce her to tears, in the best way.

Video: Lydia Loveless, "Everything's Gone" live in Studio 360

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Studio 360

Tupac on Broadway & Mad Magazine

Friday, July 25, 2014

Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur, closed after just one month of performances. Reviews were lackluster and ticket sales disappointing. But the show’s star, poet and actor Saul Williams, says Broadway audiences need to get over recycled shows like Rocky and ...

Studio 360

Ethan Hawke, Dolly Parton, and Madonna: BuzzFeed's New Contributors

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Even if, in some cases, their posts may have been ghost-written, BuzzFeed's unexpected correspondents sometimes offer unexpected insights as well.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Racism, Blindness and Paralysis Could Not Stop the Unrelenting Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk fought for racial equality and for fair treatment of disabled persons, started a political movement to get more jazz on television, and even though half of his body was paralyzed by a stroke, he continued to perform until the day he died.

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Studio 360

Featured Poem: "Hazy Summer Days"

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Studio 360 is challenging young writers to create poems on the theme of summer. Featured today: "Hazy Summer Days" by Amy, 15, from Maryland.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jonathan Demme, André Gregory, and Wallace Shawn on Making 'A Master Builder'

Monday, July 21, 2014

The stage and screen veterans turned Ibsen's play, about an egomaniacal architect looking to make amends, into a movie.

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The World

A Russian writer who wrote about the absurdity of life now has a street in Queens named after him

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to rename 63 different thoroughfares and public places throughout the city. Soon, 63rd Drive in Queens will be the first city street named after a Russian writer — Sergei Dovlatov, whose stories appeared in the New Yorker. And his wife still lives there.

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Studio 360

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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Studio 360

How to Fly to Alpha Centauri

Friday, July 18, 2014

It’s a staple of sci-fi, but the realities of interstellar travel are grim: it would take tens of thousands of years to get to our nearest neighbor in the galaxy using current technology. But some scientists working on the problem think it can be cracked in about a century.

Slideshow: Starship Designs

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Building an Eco-Friendly Mushroom Tower at MoMA PS1

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hy-Fi is a cylindrical tower built out of bricks made from cornstalks and the root-like structures of mushrooms. The project is this year’s winner of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program.

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The World

John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, joins George Clooney in attacking The Daily Mail

Friday, July 18, 2014

First it was George Clooney. Now British comedian John Cleese is lashing out at The Daily Mail, one of Britain's most notorious gossip rags. He joins a long list of celebrities who feel victimized by the paper.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Garry Winogrand Retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum

Friday, July 18, 2014

The renowned photographer captured life in New York City and American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s.

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Studio 360

For a Black Writer, Sci-Fi Offers a Reboot of Society

Friday, July 18, 2014

African-American writers have been contributing to the development of science fiction from the beginning. Artist and writer Carl Hancock Rux says they’ve used the genre to think their way out of race relations as we know them.  

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Studio 360

The Power of Positive Sci-Fi

Friday, July 18, 2014

Has our fiction grown too fond of dystopia? Sci-fi great Neal Stephenson thinks so. He’s building a community of writers who are willing to start from a truly far-fetched premise: what if humans actually have a chance?

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Studio 360

The Real Scientists of Hollywood

Friday, July 18, 2014

Every sci-fi film and TV show, no matter how cockamamie, needs a science advisor. Surprisingly, these scientists take the far-fetched scenarios cooked up by screenwriters seriously. Today’s real-life science, they point out, was yesterday’s laughable sci-fi.

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Studio 360

The SimCity of Tomorrow

Friday, July 18, 2014

One of the longest-running and most successful video game franchises, SimCity, draws on current trends to imagine life in a simulated future. In its latest iteration, gamers have a choice between building rich but polluting industry and investing in green technology. You might be surprised which one is more popular.

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Studio 360

Hacking the Climate

Friday, July 18, 2014

Geoengineering — tampering with the Earth’s climate — is a sci-fi idea that could very well become a reality. But it’s controversial, because it’s impossible to know the long-term effects of tampering with such a complex system.

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