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Pioneers of the "Soft Sell"

Friday, April 05, 2013

On Sunday, the critically acclaimed AMC series Mad Men launches its sixth season. On Mad Men we see admen scrambling to match their ads to a new era - the 1960's. But in 1955, one real adman saw the future of advertising and it was funny. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story of the pioneers of the "soft sell."

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Studio 360

New Year's Resolution: The Repertoire

Friday, April 05, 2013

As 2012 drew to a close, Studio 360 listener Michael Relland resolved to perform his first public cello recital in 2013. In January, we set out to make sure he got it done, and this week, we checked in to see how the preparations are coming. Michael, a Phoenix-area music teacher ...

Slideshow: Michael's Photo Journal

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Studio 360

Raul y Mexia: The Sound of Latino America

Friday, April 05, 2013

Mexican-American rapper Mexia Hernández says he wants to be the voice of first-generation Latinos born in the United States. That's bold, but Hernández isn't some nobody: his father is Hernán Hernández, frontman of the legendary norteño band Los Tigres Del Norte ...

Bonus Track: "Solo Para Ti"

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Studio 360

Tom Hanks: Lucky Guy

Friday, April 05, 2013

It’s a cliché, but is there anyone in Hollywood more likeable than Tom Hanks? He’s had not one but many iconic roles as a truly decent person who holds up under duress, from Big to Forrest Gump, from Saving Private Ryan to Castaway. On Broadway now, Hanks is playing a different sort, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mike MacAlary. 

Bonus Track: Tom Hanks' 3 for 360

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Studio 360

Tom Hanks & Remixing Spring Winners

Friday, April 05, 2013

This week, Kurt Andersen talks with Tom Hanks, who loves to cut dialogue from his scripts — he’d be a silent movie star if he could. A legal reporter explains why the copyright law needs a digital overhaul. We meet Raul and Mexia, sons of a legendary norteño musician, who ...

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Studio 360

Remixing Spring

Friday, April 05, 2013

Several weeks ago we gave you a challenge: using a dozen bird songs recorded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, we asked you to create an original musical composition on the theme of Spring. We received more than 100 compositions, ranging from classical to electronica ...

Listen to the winning remix

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Features

'Mad Men' Returns for Sixth Season

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Mad Men is back on Sunday. The sixth season of the AMC TV show about the world of advertising in 1960s New York finds many of it characters at a crossroads, struggling with death and identity. 

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 195: Eva Mendes, Julia Sweeney, and Blushing Stomachs

Thursday, April 04, 2013

This week: Actress Eva Mendes decodes her new film - and hieroglyphics... Writer and "SNL" vet Julia Sweeney answers your etiquette questions from the fetal position... New Orleans indie rockers Generationals spin a sweet-and-sour soundtrack... Scien ...

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 195: Eva Mendes, Julia Sweeney, and Blushing Stomachs

Thursday, April 04, 2013

This week: Actress Eva Mendes decodes her new film - and hieroglyphics... Writer and "SNL" vet Julia Sweeney answers your etiquette questions from the fetal position... New Orleans indie rockers Generationals spin a sweet-and-sour soundtrack... Scien ...

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The Dinner Party Download

Episode 195: Eva Mendes, Julia Sweeney, and Blushing Stomachs

Thursday, April 04, 2013

This week: Actress Eva Mendes decodes her new film - and hieroglyphics... Writer and "SNL" vet Julia Sweeney answers your etiquette questions from the fetal position... New Orleans indie rockers Generationals spin a sweet-and-sour soundtrack... Scien ...

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Fishko Files

Piels Campaign

Thursday, April 04, 2013

As the new Mad Men season begins, WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks back to some “soft sell” advertising of the 1950s. Here is a new! Improved! Fishko Files…

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The Brian Lehrer Show

1993 Calling

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

A new project from the New Museum and Droga5 has re-purposed New York City payphones to share stories from 20 years ago. Pick up a phone, call 1-855-FOR-1993, and you'll hear a story about that block in '93. And if you're in TriBeCa, Inwood, or the Upper West Side, you'll hear Brian Lehrer's voice!

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Features

Cyndi Lauper on the Freedom of Broadway

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

“I like to study music and I like visuals. I think that there’s nothing better than telling a story that’s authentic about the real human condition, about people who are trying,” she said.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finding Common Ground for the Common Good

Monday, April 01, 2013

Recent debates over gun control, the budget and gay rights have shown us that our nation cannot seem to agree on anything these days. Jim Wallis, progressive Christian activist, president and CEO of Sojourners, and author of  On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good, says it's time to focus on the old concept, "the common good" as the only way out of our politically polarized gridlock.

 

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Soundcheck

Nataly Dawn Isn't All Rainbows And Sugar Cookies

Monday, April 01, 2013

Hear the singer-songwriter perform songs from her solo album, 'How I Knew Her', in the Soundcheck studio.

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Studio 360

Stories Bloom

Monday, April 01, 2013

March Update: The process for this story is like the others. I live in a story (in my spare time) for a few weeks and then I don't live in it and I miss it. I write notes to myself at work and come home with little yellow pieces of paper in my pockets. With any luck I'll read them before I ...

Read Linda's story for March: "Dog Heavy"

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Features

Know Your Hot Dog: The Rise of the "Dachshund Sandwich"

Monday, April 01, 2013

With the baseball season upon us, it's hard not to think of the delicious concession that's become synonymous with America's favorite past time: The hot dog. We dug into the WNYC Archives to find out why and how the baloney on a roll became king of the ball field.

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Here's The Thing

Thom Yorke

Monday, April 01, 2013

Even after over 25 years in the business, Thom Yorke, Radiohead and Atoms for Peace frontman, admits performing is “either wicked fun or really awful.”  

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Fishko Files

50 Years After the Newspaper Strike

Sunday, March 31, 2013

If you’re reading this, you’re looking at a computer screen, a cell phone, a tablet, or some other powered-by-electricity, hooked-up to the internet, technological device. Just 50 years ago, in 1963, the internet didn’t yet exist, and broadcast news was nowhere near the 24-hour coverage of today. People largely received their news through newspapers. And, 50 years ago, New York City was just emerging from a 114 day newspaper blackout.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Food Traditions

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ken Albala, Professor of History at the University of the Pacific and Cathy Kaufman, who teaches culinary history at the Institute of Culinary Education and is the author of Cooking in Ancient Civilizations, talk about food traditions and why certain peoples and cultures eat certain foods to celebrate or to mark certain occasions.

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