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Hedy Lamarr

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hollywood likes to cast stars as pioneering scientists; it really happened in the 1940s. Hedy Lamarr was once billed as the most beautiful woman in the world, and she’s partly responsible for the telecom innovation behind cell phones, GPS, and WiFi. Produced by Eric ...

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Alexandra Patsavas

Friday, June 06, 2008

Alexandra Patsavas curates the music sprinkled throughout hot shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "The OC," and "Gossip Girl" -- and she's been responsible for launching the careers of lots of indie bands. She shows Kurt what's kicking around her ...

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Jon Robin Baitz

Friday, June 06, 2008

There's an old story about a promising young playwright who gets lured out to Hollywood to write for the big screen. Jon Robin Baitz says his version has a happy ending. The acclaimed young playwright returned to his hometown of L.A. a few years ago to ...

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Bonus Track: Harlan Ellison uncut

Friday, May 30, 2008

Kurt's full interview with Harlan Ellison.

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Destination: Omaha

Friday, May 30, 2008

Kurt heads back to his hometown. No longer just beef and Warren Buffett, Kurt finds a vibrant indie rock, film, and visual arts scene there. Artists, politicians and philanthropists –- including filmmaker Alexander Payne and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst –- tell ...

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Harlan Ellison

Friday, May 30, 2008

Over the last 50 years, he's written hundreds of short stories ("A Boy and His Dog"), several novels and movies and worked on TV shows like "The Man From UNCLE," the original Star Trek, and "The Outer Limits." But don't call him ...

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The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

Friday, May 16, 2008

In 1995, when a massive stroke left French magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby totally paralyzed, the only way he could communicate was by blinking his left eye. And that's how he dictated his memoir, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly. Kurt talks to painter and filmmaker

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Aha Moment: Jane Austen

Friday, May 02, 2008

Gina Fattore writes for Showtime's racy "Californication," but she learned about love from Jane Austen. Fattore was a newspaper copy editor when she saw "Clueless" (a Beverly Hills version of Austen's "Emma") and decided to change her path. Produced by Studio 360's

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Errol Morris

Friday, April 25, 2008

In his new film, “Standard Operating Procedure,” filmmaker Errol Morris explores one of the darkest chapters of recent history: the shocking photos that emerged from the U.S. military prison at Abu Ghraib four years ago. He explains to Kurt why those photos were not just ...

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Father-Son Film Club

Friday, April 25, 2008

When film critic David Gilmour's son Jesse Gilmour was flunking out of school, he let him drop out -- on the condition that Jesse would watch movies with him. In his memoir, The Film Club, David describes the curriculum he devised. Father ...

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The Return of Harold and Kumar

Friday, April 25, 2008

They say “tragedy plus time equals comedy,” and another film opening this weekend takes unjustly imprisoned terror suspects as its focus. This one is a comedy about two bong-loving stoners: “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.” Arun Rath explains why Harold and ...

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Girls on Film

Friday, April 11, 2008

At New York University's Kanbar film school, undergrads are training to be the next generation of filmmakers. Jocelyn Gonzales talked to some of her students, and the school’s associate dean, Sheril Antonio, about the ways female characters are portrayed on screen and ...

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Autism and Creativity

Friday, March 28, 2008

Documentaries like “Autism: The Musical” are showing how the arts can help autistic children express themselves and interact with others. Blythe Corbett explores the connection between autism and forms of creativity. She also addresses some of the controversies surrounding autism including the debate on childhood ...

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Remembering Anthony Minghella

Friday, March 21, 2008

This week the British movie director Anthony Minghella died unexpectedly, at 54. He had a rare talent for making an old-fashioned romantic epic feel smart and fresh –- like in his films "The English Patient" and "Cold Mountain." Kurt spoke with Minghella in ...

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No Surge at the Box Office

Friday, March 21, 2008

Why aren't audiences drawn to movies about the war in Iraq? Kurt surveys the landscape and talks with the latest director to brave the war movie marketplace -- Kimberly Peirce. Peirce's new fiction film about Iraq,"Stop Loss," was inspired by her brother, who came back ...

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Kimberly Peirce

Friday, March 21, 2008

Kurt's conversation with director Kimberly Peirce continues. She sees a connection between "Stop-Loss" and her first feature, "Boys Don’t Cry:" “I think it was interesting seeing how a woman constructed herself as a man and how these young men also struggled to figure out what ...

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From Lieutenant to Lola

Friday, March 07, 2008

To see S. Epatha Merkerson be tough, just turn on a TV and look for "Law and Order"'s Lt. Anita Van Buren. But to see her smile, you’ll have to catch her in the Broadway revival of "Come Back, Little Sheba."

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The Big Gondry

Friday, March 07, 2008

Inspired by his new film "Be Kind Rewind," director Michel Gondry created a special exhibit of movie sets at the Deitch Projects art gallery in New York, where people can walk in and make their own movies. So Studio 360's Michele ...

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Vietnam on Screen

Friday, February 29, 2008

What do we know about a particular war after we've seen it reenacted dozens of times in dozens of different films? The U.S. pulled out of Vietnam in 1975, and we've been watching movies about it ever since. Film historians Larry Suid and

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Aha Moment: Edith Piaf

Friday, February 22, 2008

The French singer and cultural icon had a tumultuous life, as moviegoers are seeing in the Oscar-nominated biopic, "La Vie En Rose." Marion Cotillard’s extraordinary portrayal of Piaf prompted Studio 360 listener Bill Mankin to write us about how he fell for her. ...

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