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Sarah Vowell

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Puritans came to America full of ideals and lofty aspirations. Four hundred years later, candidates like Sarah Palin still sing their tune. Writer Sarah Vowell, author of the new book The Wordy Shipmates, says we could learn a thing or two from these politicians ...

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Studio 360

Sounding Black

Friday, October 24, 2008

Black is not just a skin color; it’s a quality of voice. Sarah Jones, the Tony Award-winning performer, talks with linguist John McWhorter about what it means to sound black today. They look at how Barack Obama has used “blaccent” to drive audiences wild. ...

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Charlie Kaufman

Friday, October 24, 2008

The screenwriter behind “Being John Malkovich” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” makes his directorial debut. In his new film “Synecdoche, New York” the protagonist turns all of New York City into a theater production. To understand the city as a stage, Kurt ...

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Studio 360

Magic Politicians

Friday, October 24, 2008

A good magic trick isn’t just a trick – it’s a story wrapped around a trick. Magicians distract their audiences with professional smooth talk called patter, and it sounds eerily similar to what politicians deliver in debates and on the stump. Magicians Steven Cohen,

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Design for the Real World: Elephant and Donkey

Friday, October 24, 2008

Kevin Kallaugher, better known as KAL, has been the cartoonist at The Economist for 30 years. He explains how the donkey and elephant came to represent the parties, and charts their evolution in our culture. Produced by Gretta Cohn.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Unmentionable World of Human Waste

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

As the world’s population grows, our sewer systems are being strained to their limits. And right here in the U.S., nearly 2 million people don’t have access to an indoor toilet! Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, talks about the global politics of defecation, and why it’s a ...

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Studio 360

You're a Complicated Man, Charlie Brown

Friday, October 17, 2008

At its peak, over 350 million people around the world read the Peanuts comic strip. Its creator Charles Schulz led a much darker life than anyone ever realized, and he put his troubles into the funny pages every day. Kurt Andersen talks with Schulz's biographer, David Michaelis, ...

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Peanuts, Kerouac, Matisyahu

Friday, October 17, 2008

Good grief! Charles Schulz's biographer reveals some surprising secrets about the creator of "Peanuts." A couple of newlyweds struggle over whether On the Road is just a boy book; and the cellist Erik Friedlander improvises music to a passage from the book. We explore changing the look of interstate highway signs. Plus, a Hasidic Jewish reggae singer tells us how he got that way.

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Design for the Real World: Interstate Signs

Friday, October 17, 2008

On America’s first highways, road signs were hand-painted on wood. When interstates became standardized, so did the typeface. But in all sorts of conditions it still looks fuzzy. Designer Don Meeker helped bring signage back into focus. Produced by Derek John.

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Studio 360

On the Road

Friday, October 17, 2008

Studio 360 wanted to find out whether Jack Kerouac’s novel still speaks to readers. We asked Hillary Frank and Jonathan Menjivar, two newly married radio producers, to explore that. But it turned out Hillary had never read it, so Jonathan gave ...

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Fishko Files

From the Archives: "Buechner Revisited" (Originally Aired 9/30/05)

Friday, October 17, 2008

To produce art, talent is necessary - but confidence and peace-of-mind are major components as well. Sara Fishko talked to one pianist who's been traveling a long road toward peace in the practice of her art. Here is the next Fishko Files...

Listen to Sara Fishko's original file on ...

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Matisyahu

Friday, October 17, 2008

Reggae music often draws on Old Testament mythology about the exodus and the promised land, but in America its fans are usually pretty secular. A singer named Matisyahu is changing that. He's a Hasidic Jew, and his shows are packed with young Orthodox men as well as dreadlocked ...

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Studio 360

WEB EXCLUSIVE: "Rushmore"

Friday, October 17, 2008

Erik Friedlander performs in Studio 360.

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Studio 360

Erik Friedlander

Friday, October 17, 2008

In the 1960s and 70s, Lee Friedlander took his family on summer road trips, and took pictures that established him as a great American photographer. Erik Friedlander, his son, grew up to be an innovative cellist. Kurt talks with him about his

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Family’s Blue Genes

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Christopher Lukas’s Hungarian-German-Jewish family has a history of suicide and depression. His new memoir about his family’s legacy of mental illness is Blue Genes.

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Studio 360

Shibuya-bound

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Watashi wa Studio 360 des…

It’s t-minus 26 days until the WNYC crew arrives in Tokyo.

Although our tickets are bought and our hotel is booked, we’re still amassing the tons of story ideas and contacts we’ll need to make the show. Luckily we ...

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Studio 360

Dolly Parton

Friday, October 10, 2008

The musical "9 to 5" debuted in Los Angeles last month, and is headed for Broadway this spring. Kurt talked to Dolly Parton in 2005, when she was working on turning that legendary movie into a musical.

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Studio 360

Tbilisi-wood

Friday, October 10, 2008

Georgia used to be something like Russia’s California -- good wine, mild weather, beautiful countryside, and even a vibrant movie industry. Georgian movies were like a breath of fresh air in the ideological Soviet film industry. Pamela Renner reports on how filmmakers today are trying to navigate ...

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