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Angels in North Carolina

Friday, April 24, 2009

The new play Southern Rapture takes place in 1996, when a local production of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" became a political hot potato and put artistic freedom and arts funding on the line. Mary C. Curtis looks back at the ruckus.

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West Side Story, 1957

Friday, April 17, 2009

WNYC's Sara Fishko tells a story rarely heard about the musical's legendary creators Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim. And she explores how Cold War tensions simmered under the surface of the show's ethnic gang battles. 

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New Lyrics for Old Broadway

Friday, April 17, 2009

In the new Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” one of the noticeable changes is the use of Spanish. Stephen Sondheim gave his blessing for the Spanish update, but translator Lin-Manuel Miranda -- a Tony-winner himself for his own musical "In The Heights" -- approached the ...

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Theresa Andersson

Friday, April 10, 2009

She built her sound in New Orleans and recorded her record, Hummingbird, Go! in her kitchen there, but she was born and raised in rural Sweden. Andersson is DIY to the extreme, looping guitar, drums, fiddle, vocals, and vinyl record samples. She tells Kurt how she does it ...

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Unlicensed Therapy

Friday, April 03, 2009

Josh Greene is a conceptual artist who comes up with projects that try to provide a service to his audience. In 2008, he remounted a piece he calls "Unlicensed Therapy" in San Francisco. It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Produced by Tania Ketenjian.

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Creative Career Change

Friday, April 03, 2009

Listener LaKeisha Sabol, from Las Vegas, tells Kurt what gave her the courage to make the leap from real estate to theater and event management.

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Janelle Monáe

Friday, March 27, 2009

Amid the 1900 bands who played the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas last weekend, Janelle Monáe stood out from the crowd. She's a funk-soul singer who fills her tunes with sci-fi and robot references. Her new album is Metropolis: The Chase Suite. Studio 360’s

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Finance Guy Goes Stand-Up

Friday, March 20, 2009

For years Michael Terry led a double life. He never revealed to his colleagues at his finance job that he was doing stand-up comedy at night. Now a full-time comic, he's coming clean about his banking past. Produced by Gretta Cohn.

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The Art of Aging

Friday, March 13, 2009

Betty Woodman reveals how she keeps coming up with new ideas after 50 years. And Taylor Mead, our candidate for oldest living beatnik, tells of his life as an "extremely semi-famous" artist. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Words from the Wise

Friday, March 13, 2009

We asked listeners to tell us about the best piece of wisdom you ever got from an older person, and we'll hear what some of them had to say.

Weigh in: What's the best piece of advice you've received from an elder?

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Bonus Track: Banna Ba Modimo

Friday, March 13, 2009

BLK JKS plays the song live in Studio 360.

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BLK JKS

Friday, March 13, 2009

American rock has been cribbing African sounds for years. Now a South African band is poised to make a big splash on our shores. BLK JKS, from Johannesburg, blends African sounds with MTV-inspired art rock. They just released their first album in the U.S., Mystery. Band ...

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Web Bonus: "Up Above My Head"

Friday, February 27, 2009

Ruthie Foster sings the song live in Studio 360.

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Ruthie Foster

Friday, February 27, 2009

Foster grew up listening to Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke, but made her name as a folk singer. She's turned back to soul and blues on her new album, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster. Kurt talked with her in 2007. 

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Duplex Planet

Friday, February 27, 2009

Thirty years ago in Boston, David Greenberger took a job at the Duplex nursing home. Out of his conversations with residents, Greenberger created poetry, prose, stage performances and music. Greenberger tells the story of how he found his own voice by listening to others. This story originally aired as ...

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Waiting for Godot in New Jersey

Friday, February 27, 2009

The Lillian Booth Home in Englewood, New Jersey is a retirement home for former entertainers. Studio 360 met some residents that are not done performing. Produced by Pejk Malinovski with Lu Olkowski and Nick Heling.

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Bonus Track: "On My Way"

Friday, February 20, 2009

Kweller sings the song live in Studio 360.

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Ben Kweller

Friday, February 20, 2009

At 14 he was fronting a signed punk band. Now a wise man of 27, Ben Kweller's music is full of lush melodies and plainspoken lyrics. Kurt talked with Kweller in 2007 and asked him what childhood was like as a famous kid rocker. Kweller's new record ...

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Bonus Track: "God Is Love"

Friday, February 13, 2009

Eleni Mandell plays the song from her recent album, Artificial Fire, live in Studio 360.

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Eleni Mandell

Friday, February 13, 2009

Over the years she's bounced from jazz, to country, to torchy pop, to hard-edged rock n'roll. In every genre, she's a master at crafting perfect break-up anthems and not-so-lovey-dovey love songs. Kurt talks with Mandell about her new record, Artificial Fire. And Mandell and her band ...

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