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New Musical Captures Great Migration & Journey Towards American Dream

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The new musical "Stagger Lee"  features songs that tell the stories of the goodbyes and farewells that came with the Great Migration, a journey made by millions that reshaped our nation.

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Studio 360

Zola Jesus’ Pop Reconstruction

Friday, October 31, 2014

The songwriter who performs under the name Zola Jesus is only 25, but for her sixth album, Taiga, she felt ready to turn from her gloomy, Goth-inflected rock to more upbeat, epic pop.

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Little Tiny Stories by Jack Handey

Friday, June 07, 2013

This summer, humorist Jack Handey — the deep thinker of Saturday Night Live’s Deep Thoughts — will publish his first novel, The Stench of Honolulu. It’s a picaresque adventure about two guys looking to steal a golden idol in a dark, mysterious land called Hawaii. (Any resemblance to actual ...

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Oskar Eustis: Putting the Public Back in Theater

Friday, September 28, 2012

New York is the epicenter of American theater, but it's not just because of Broadway. A mid-size theater complex downtown is arguably the most important incubator for new theater today: The Public Theater. Oskar Eustis is The Public’s artistic director, and a fierce advocate for his art form ...

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Aha Moment: Hamlet

Friday, September 07, 2012

A listener named Jeff House told us about his revelation experience with Hamlet. As a teenager he watched the Christopher Plummer film on TV with his big sister, who was enthralled; House was nonplussed. “The language didn’t make sense,” he remembers. The hero was ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rashida Jones

Monday, August 06, 2012

Rashida Jones talks about co-writing and starring in the new film “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” about a married couple who try to remain best friends when they break up, and also stars Andy Samberg. She’ll also talk about her roles on the NBC comedies “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.”

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Studio 360

Art Therapy in Action

Friday, May 18, 2012

Can the arts actually improve health care? Kurt gets some answers from Jill Sonke, director of the Center for the Arts in Healthcare at the University of Florida. She explains how the arts have been carving out a place in the healing process ...

Slideshow: Art therapy in action

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On Stage Now: Venus in Fur

Thursday, November 10, 2011

This week, David Ives’ Venus in Fur opened at Manhattan Theatre Club's Friedman Theatre for a limited run, with Nina Arianda playing opposite British actor Hugh Dancy.  The show opened Off Broadway in January 2010 and killed; the New York Times’ critic called Arianda's performance sensational, ...

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Next to Normal

Friday, June 19, 2009

"Next to Normal" was Broadway’s sleeper hit this season. Alice Ripley, who won a Tony for her role as a bipolar suburban mom, performs a song from the show. And Kurt asks composer Tom Kitt what he had to do to get ...

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Voicemails for Barack: Part II

Friday, January 16, 2009

More special requests for the president-elect from saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, choreographer Elizabeth Streb, chef Wylie Dufresne, and actor Sarah Jones.

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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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Bonus Track:
"Days Aren't Long Enough"

Friday, July 18, 2008

Allison Moorer and Steve Earle perform their duet from Washington Square Serenade.

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Bonus Track: "Keys / It's Alright"

Friday, June 13, 2008

"Keys/It's Alright" from the Broadway production of Mark Stewart's "Passing Strange."

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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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Hate Cute

Friday, March 14, 2008

Cute is supposed to appeal universally, but some people just don’t get it. Tamar Brott has some thoughts to share about being cute-averse in a too-cute world.

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On The Brink

Friday, February 29, 2008

Susan Sontag explains how she staged theater in a war zone, as well as her opinions on when a war should or should not be waged. Sontag passed away just a year after this recording. A book of her speeches and essays called "At the ...

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Fiona Does Fashion

Friday, February 08, 2008

Twice a year in New York, clothing designers from around the world show their new collections to magazine editors, buyers, and celebrities. Studio 360 sent the off-kilter correspondent who goes by Fiona Chutney (performed by actress and writer Iris Bahr) to the tents at Bryant Park, where ...

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Hot Berlin Nights

Friday, November 02, 2007

Techno, raves, cabaret, punk, poetry, erotica ... it’s all happening in Berlin. We sent cultural correspondent Fiona Chutney to sample some of the city's famed nightlife. (Chutney is a character of the writer and performer Iris Bahr.)

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Foley Artists

Thursday, February 09, 2006

In movies, the sounds of punching and smashing are created by someone sitting in a room with a microphone and a bunch of props -- just like in the days of radio drama. Foley artist Sue Zizza explains how to make a fight sound really good, or ...

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Edward Albee on Samuel Beckett
Sharon Olds on John Donne
Branford Marsalis on Billie Holiday

Saturday, September 10, 2005

A playwright, a poet, and a jazz musician all weigh in on the artists that mean the most to them. Produced by Trey Kay.

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