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Swifter. Higher. Hipper?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Halfway into the first week of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, some athletes have already taken issue with the judging. But at these games, there is no discordant French judge at the center of the controversy. Instead, it’s the style police stirring things up.

Figure skater Johnny Weir has ...

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And the Snail-Mail Prize Goes to…

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our Valentine Redesign Challenge elicited many great entries to our Flickr page.  And we received mailed-in submissions too.  They ranged from a set of miniature cards 'inspired by a muse and faces of love' to my favorite, a three-foot tall by two-foot wide poster from Victor Stabin.  He ...

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Playing With Our Food

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We got nearly 200 great entries to our redesign Valentine challenge. And on last week's show, Elizabeth Gilbert picked the winning entry: a bouquet of rolled bacon strips that look like roses (only yummier!) by Sarah Tisdale. As Gilbert said so aptly, 'Nothing can compete ...

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Redesigning Valentine's Day

Friday, February 12, 2010

The professional graphic designers at the Austin-based firm, Under Consideration, take a stab at rebranding Valentine's Day. The husband-and-wife team, Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio, tell Kurt about their ideas: a new valentine icon, better colors, and a transformed Cupid.

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Elizabeth Gilbert Picks a Winner

Friday, February 12, 2010

Studio 360 challenged listeners to design a valentine that reflects modern romance. Over 100 were submitted, and Elizabeth Gilbert judged the entries. Gilbert's runner-up celebrates the domestic bliss of "taco night," and the winner showcases an inventive use of bacon.

Slideshow: See the winner, runners-up, and all the entries

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Design for the Real World: Moped

Friday, January 29, 2010

Nathan Isherwood owns a moped repair and retail shop in Brooklyn. He loves the modest motorbikes because they're easy to fix and they get 100 miles per gallon. Produced by Matt Frassica.

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Studio 360

Unchain My Heart

Friday, January 29, 2010

Our redesign of Valentine's Day moves full steam ahead. We hear from the husband-wife team who run the Austin design firm, Under Consideration. Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio work to upgrade this fraught holiday. Studio 360 commissioned them, but they consider ...

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Be Elizabeth Gilbert's Valentine

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Valentine’s Day is just two weeks away – and we're hoping that 2010 can be the year of the new-and-improved Valentine.  We’re thrilled that so many talented folks have submitted their ideas to “Be My Valentine: A Studio 360 Design Challenge.”

And doesn't a competition merit a celebrity ...

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Can Art and Football Mix?

Monday, January 18, 2010

George Plimpton famously combined letters and football when he took a break from his day job as editor-in-chief of The Paris Review to try out for the Detroit Lions - as a 36-year-old rookie quarterback.  He documented the sobering experience in his classic book, Paper Lion.  ...

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Change of Heart

Friday, January 15, 2010

Have you noticed how the rituals of Valentine's Day seem to be designed for children? The red hearts, the overload of candy, and that weird baby Cupid. It's all so bizarre, and may I say -- nauseating?

We here at Studio 360 think the so-called holiday is due for a ...

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Studio 360

Will You Makeover My Valentine?

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Studio 360 Valentine Redesign Challenge! The Hearts. The Chocolates. The Roses. The everything Red. It's all so predictable. And nauseating. Design writer Alissa Walker tells Kurt what it will take to redesign the holiday.

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Studio 360

Love Virtually

Friday, January 08, 2010

A couple weeks ago, Kurt spoke with director James Cameron about his spectacular new movie Avatar.  He told Kurt that while the technology he used to craft the movie is important, at heart it's a love story: it's just that instead of boy meets girl, it's boy meets twelve-foot blue humanoid-cat... by posing as a virtual twelve-foot blue humanoid cat, himself.

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Studio 360

The Decade Revisited

Thursday, December 31, 2009

This weekend, Studio 360 broadcasts its special time travel show, recorded in front of a live audience at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.  And with this decade coming to an end, it seems like a good opportunity to revisit some of the events and trends from the 2000's that we'll always remember.

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Tim Burton At The MoMA

Friday, December 11, 2009

It's hard to keep your idiosyncrasies and still be a Hollywood success. From "Beetlejuice" to "Batman" to "Sweeney Todd," Burton's work is unmistakably personal. Dark, whimsical creations from his entire career fill several galleries at The Museum of Modern Art.

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Radio Rookies

I Stand Corrected...

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I felt like such a hypocrite. Here I am in Queens, challenging the teens to find a sense of connection to their community, possibly eradicate their assumptions, and change their views about the place, while I think to myself 'me? Start a radio workshop in Queens? How dreadful! Love the kids, just not Queens - it's my least favorite borough.' Come on! Can Queens really be anyone's favorite borough? But after the 5 weeks long workshop, these kids and their stories about flushing made me reevaluate.

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Cuter Than a Surprised Kitten

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

In this month’s Vanity Fair, contributing editor Jim Windolf tries to analyze the wave of cute overtaking our culture.  From Hello Kitty to the laughing baby (you know which baby) (yes you do) (you don’t?  Really?), Windolf leaves no fuzzy, big-eyed stone unturned.  And he thinks it’s getting worse.  Why now?

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Remembering Jeanne-Claude

Friday, November 20, 2009

Last Wednesday, the artist Jeanne-Claude, wife and creative partner of the artist Christo, passed away.  New Yorkers remember Jeanne-Claude and Christo's ambitious 2005 piece, The Gates, a sweeping installation with 23 miles of saffron fabric fluttering throughout Central Park.

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You're invited

Monday, November 09, 2009

Say you’re from the future, a future in which time machines exist.  Why not take a trip back to the good old 21st century? And join us here at WNYC on Tuesday, November 17, as Kurt hosts the live taping of our show all about time travel.  You’ll meet some of the great scientists and fiction writers of our time as they grapple with this age-old fantasy, and hopefully you can enlighten us.

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Design for the Real World: Skulls

Friday, October 30, 2009

Design for the Real World: Skulls

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Bulletproof Baby Gear

Monday, October 26, 2009

I got outed on the elevator the other day. A co-worker spotted knitting needles in my bag.

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