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French Intellectual Thought, Meet American Intellectual Thought

Monday, April 11, 2011

Walls and Bridges kicks off on Monday. During the lecture series, prominent American photographers, writers and performers will talk about everything from clouds to life's turning points to the intersection of art and gender.

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Weekend Warriors: Re-enacting the Civil War

Friday, April 08, 2011

The Siege at Bridgeport, a strategic site in Alabama, took place in 1862 — and again this year. Civil War re-enactors spend time and money reliving battles that were decided 150 years ago. They’ll tell you that if you just give it one weekend, you’ll be hooked, too. But one Confederate officer...

Slideshow: Siege at Bridgeport, 2011

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The Book of Mormon Saves Broadway

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Book of Mormon is straight-up brilliant, by far the best new musical of the 21st century.

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Marsha Ambrosius Challenges R&B

Friday, April 01, 2011

Modern R&B concerns itself with three things — love, lovemaking, and heartbreak. Marsha Ambrosius, a British singer now based in Philadelphia, wants to shake things up. On her debut album, the breakup songs are caustic and funny; her sad songs are wrenching. She’s tackled homophobia with ...

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You Tell Us: Advice for Spidey

Friday, March 25, 2011

The troubled Broadway production of Spider-Man got even more troubled this week with an actress suffering serious injuries. We asked for your suggestions to save the vexed production, and we’ll hear this week from listener Richard Daniels.

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Too Much Theater?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Are there too many little theater companies in America? Last month, that question was the shot heard round the theater world from National Endowment for the Arts Chair Rocco Landesman, a former Broadway producer. Landesman shocked the theater community by observing at a play development conference ...

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The Saga of Spider-Man

Friday, March 18, 2011

The new Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally opened this week ... or actually, not. The producers just fired director Julie Taymor, and previews may be closed for an overhaul. “Those of us who followed Julie Taymor’s career,” says theater critic Jeremy ...

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A Muslim Playwright Changes the Script

Friday, March 11, 2011

As Congress holds hearings this week on the radicalization of American Muslims, a Pakistani-American playwright is trying to flip the script. Wajahat Ali, who earned raves for his post-9/11 family drama The Domestic Crusaders, told Kurt Andersen, "It would be similar to ...

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On Stage Now: Play Dead

Friday, March 11, 2011

Always wanted to see a magician eat a light bulb, then disembowel an audience member? It happens every night at Play Dead — a ghoulish haunted house of a magic show Off Broadway. It's the creation of Teller (the short, silent half of Penn & Teller) and longtime Coney Island entertainer Todd Robbins.

Video: Todd Robbins, star of Play Dead, eats a light bulb

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Arts on the Chopping Block: Your Hometown

Friday, March 11, 2011

Government budgets are slashing arts funding across the country so we asked our listeners to tell us about the cuts their communities face. Is "taxation equal to theft," as one listener wrote, or should the art funding go on?

Let us know local artist or cultural institution is ...

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Man Eats Lightbulb. Really.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In the off-Broadway spook show Play Dead, master magician Todd Robbins delights in pointing out that illusions are merely that.  But he performs one trick that’s shockingly, horrifyingly real.

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Spark: Celebrating 10 Years of Studio 360

Friday, March 04, 2011

We're celebrating 10 years on the air by looking back at some of our favorite interviews about creative inspiration. Sculptor Richard Serra talks about falling in love with steel; choreographer Elizabeth Streb takes on gravity with 30-foot falls; and a rock legend collaborates with a young bluegrass star to make a Grammy-winning album.

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Travels with Charley: Spokane

Friday, March 04, 2011

In Washington State, on the western edge of the Rocky Mountains, John Steinbeck met a young man passionate about theater and hairdressing — and the kid’s furious father. Steinbeck wrote about the encounter in Travels with Charley. Fifty years later, in Spokane, we meet a proudly gay hairdresser and theater director. And we hear his father's side of the story.

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Patton Oswalt Geeks Out

Friday, March 04, 2011

The comedian Patton Oswalt reads the title essay from his new memoir: Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland. As Oswalt sees it, we all fall into one of these three science fiction fantasy archetypes. Take our survey and let us know which group you're a member of!

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On Stage Now: Good People

Friday, March 04, 2011

In Good People, a new play on Broadway, a charming but manipulative woman falls on hard times, and turns to a successful old friend for help. David Lindsay-Abaire tells Kurt Andersen how he had to return to his roots and the characters he grew up with in working class South Boston in order to write the play.

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Josh Ritter: Not a Kid Anymore

Friday, February 25, 2011

Josh Ritter says that his 2010 album So Runs the World Away is evidence that he's not a kid anymore. He tells Kurt about feeling grown up when he was 8 years-old and, as he gets older, wanting to protect the childlike part of himself. He also performs two songs from the album: "Change of Time" and "The Curse."

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Kurt Andersen Gets Some Perspective

Friday, February 25, 2011

Kurt Andersen talks about seeing the premiere of Tom Stoppard’s play "The Real Thing" as a young man in his twenties, and seeing it again two decades later. Had the play changed, or was it Kurt?

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Martha Plimpton: Growing Up On Stage

Friday, February 25, 2011

Martha Plimpton may be the hardest working woman in show business. In the last year she's had recurring roles in television series, had a run on Broadway, and sold out a cabaret show at Lincoln Center. Plimpton's been on stage since she was 8 years old, and she shares her thoughts on how that helped — or hindered — her growing up.

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“I Realized I Was a Grownup When…”

Friday, February 25, 2011

Craving a KitchenAid; answering to "ma'am;" getting turned down for space camp — Martha Plimpton reads epiphanies on growing up from members of our live audience.

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Spark: Getting to Work

Friday, February 18, 2011

This month we're celebrating 360's first decade on the air with the publication of the book Spark: How Creativity Works, by long-time Studio 360 executive producer Julie Burstein. In the book, scores of America's greatest filmmakers, writers, musicians and artists give readers an inside look at their creative processes and inspiration.

This week Kurt and Julie look at the methods artists have for actually getting to work and getting that work done. They revisit Kurt's conversations with novelist Isabel Allende, painter Chuck Close, playwright Tony Kushner, and sculptor Richard Serra.

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