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Studio 360

American Icons: Anything Goes

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cole Porter was out of the musical theater game during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of bad behavior.

Bonus Track: an updated version of "Anything Goes"

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Studio 360

Smiling Through the Pain

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

May Update: They say laughter is the best medicine, and I'm sure it can be except when you've just had your abdomen sliced open. Waking up every morning and laying there trying to see what hurts and what doesn't is not necessarily interesting but it IS curious...

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Studio 360

Kevin Spacey: Everyone Loves a Villain

Friday, May 02, 2014

Kevin Spacey has made a career out of hard-to-like characters: from “Verbal” Kint in The Usual Suspects to Francis Underwood in House of Cards. A new documentary follows Spacey as he tackled the grand-daddy of evildoers: Shakespeare’s Richard III.

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Studio 360

Alex Timbers and Here Lies Love

Friday, April 25, 2014

The director Alex Timbers has carved out a unique niche as a director of historical musicals, including the critically acclaimed Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Last year, Timbers directed Here Lies Love, written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. It tells the story of Imelda Marcos ...

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Studio 360

Pulitzers: Making Up for a Sexist Past?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize were announced this week, acknowledging the best in journalism as well as the arts. Donna Tartt won the prize for fiction for her third novel, The Goldfinch. The 784-page bestseller, which took Tartt eleven years to finish, is a Dickensian tale ...

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Studio 360

How to Compose Psychedelic Earthquakes

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Update: I finished a cut of the text, and, I have to say, I’m surprised that I didn’t have to get rid of much. Generally, I amalgamated angels — there are maybe two dozen individual angels with speaking roles — and I cut a large number of earthquakes. John the Revelator just could not get enough ...

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Studio 360

Olivier Had it Wrong: Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

Friday, April 11, 2014

David and Ben Crystal, a father and son team, have recreated what they say is the original pronunciation — OP, they call it: how Shakespeare’s plays would have been sounded around 1600. How did they achieve this Jurassic Park-like resurrection of a long-dead accent? David, the elder Crystal, is a linguistic scholar ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with David and Ben Crystal

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Studio 360

Enough with the Shakespeare? 8 Playwrights You Ought to Know About

Friday, April 04, 2014

It’s curious to note how few plays are ever performed that date between Shakespeare’s death and 1879, when Ibsen’s A Doll’s House premiered. Is there some alternative canon of classic plays American theaters ought to be presenting? The Elizabethan theater was full of ...

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Studio 360

“Hamlet is a Mess”: George C. Wolfe on Shakespeare

Friday, April 04, 2014

In one of Studio 360’s very first episodes, Kurt Andersen spoke with George C. Wolfe about the resurgence of Shakespeare’s plays in American cultural life over the last few decades. Wolfe was then the artistic director of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and remains one of the most influential ...

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: I Am Hamlet

Friday, April 04, 2014

As a teenager, Jeff House watched Christopher Plummer play Hamlet on TV with his big sister, who was enthralled; House was nonplussed. “The language didn't make sense,” he remembers. And the hero was all doom and gloom, consumed by questions about the nature of existence ...

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Studio 360

Live In-Studio: The War on Drugs

Friday, March 21, 2014

Back in 2005, a young musician named Adam Granduciel moved to Philadelphia to join the music scene there. “I was like an extreme hobbyist,” he remembers, never thinking a career in music was within reach. He recorded a couple EPs independently. When the record label Secretly Canadian came calling ...

Bonus Track: "Under the Pressure"

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Studio 360

A Dance Piece That Takes You Inside The Heart

Friday, March 14, 2014

If you’re one of those people who’s shy about audience participation, you should steer clear of Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects’ “4Chambers.” Or better yet, don’t. One of the dancers will pull you in, and take you on an intimate trip through a metaphorical heart. “I love it when people come in ...

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Studio 360

To Dream the Improbable Dream

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March Update: This month, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about aging. When one is the primary caregiver for an aging parent, it is amazing how quickly your life can collapse in on itself. So I’ve been seeking out my favorite comedians and learning how to laugh freely as opposed to wryly. ...

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Life of the Law

Best Of Live Law 3

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What's love got to do with the law? Then again, what's the law got to do with falling in love? From coast to coast, Life of the Law occasionally takes to the stage with LIVE LAW to present true, first-person stories about how the law shapes and tran...

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Listen to Lucy

Public speaking and removing my jeans on stage

Monday, March 10, 2014

Public speaking and removing my jeans on stage

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Studio 360

Tarell Alvin McCraney Rewrites History

Friday, February 28, 2014

For a new production of Antony and Cleopatra, Tarell Alvin McCraney wanted his audiences to have more immediate access to the colonial background of the story, so he took it out of Rome and Egypt and transplanted it to colonial Haiti, on the brink of revolution against France. ...

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Studio 360

This Play from Iran Is an Actor’s Nightmare

Friday, February 07, 2014

Actors face stage fright all the time. But consider this scenario: you show up to perform a one-person show, and you’ve never seen the script. You don’t know what it’s about because you promised not to do any research. It’s your first performance, and the only one you’ll ever have ...

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Studio 360

New Year’s Resolution: Make 'Em Laugh

Friday, February 07, 2014

As a young adult, Whoopi Goldberg inspired Julie Bayley to try stand-up comedy. Julie loved performing late night sets, but found herself limited by “a really horrific habit: I had to eat three times a day.” Instead, she parlayed some of those skills into a career as a marketer. Thirty years later ...

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Life of the Law

Dibs!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

With all the snow in the US, we thought we'd bring back an old episode: Dibs. Sit back, stay warm, and listen to an old episode from Life of the Law. - After a big snowstorm, the streets of many northern cities start to get cluttered with furniture.

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Radiolab

This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

This isn't science. Not today. It's art — in this case, the sly performance of a young comedian who is accosted backstage by not-so-nice "fans." But he gets free (wait for this, it comes a few minutes in) by using his pointer finger. I was enchanted.

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