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Charmingly Awkward Paul Rudd

Friday, December 07, 2012

Paul Rudd returns to the role of awkward father and husband later this month in Judd Apatow’s This is 40, a quasi-sequel to Knocked Up, but he’s taking on a less familiar character on Broadway now. In Grace, Rudd plays an evangelical businessman who wants to start a chain ...

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Studio 360

Imaginary Friends Forever

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lots of kids have imaginary friends. Marjorie Taylor, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon, has been looking at imaginary friends and the children who have them. “They tend to be more social, less shy, and do better on tasks which require you to take the perspective ...

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Studio 360

Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll

Friday, October 12, 2012

Diana Krall’s interpretations of mid-century jazz standards have won her two Grammys and sold many millions of albums worldwide. For her new record — Glad Rag Doll — the singer and pianist mined the music of her childhood. Although she grew up in the 1970s, she was raised ...

Bonus Track: "There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth The Salt Of My Tears"

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Studio 360

Shara Worden: My Brightest Diamond

Friday, October 05, 2012

There’s a generation of younger musicians who grew up with rock, pop, and punk, but studied classical composition and love the diversity of sounds it offers. Shara Worden is one of this new movement's brightest upcoming stars. She trained as an opera singer, but classic American pop ...

Videos: "We Added It Up" and "In the Beginning"

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WNYC News

Board of Elections Opts for ‘Incomplete’ in Mayor’s Management Report

Sunday, September 23, 2012

More than two million New York City voters are expected to head to the polls in just over six weeks to cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election. In a year when the Board of Elections’ performance has come under scrutiny for its handling of primary and special elections, information about the Board is conspicuously absent from the city's annual report card, known as the Mayor's Management Report.

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Studio 360

Is Stripping an Art?

Friday, September 14, 2012

New York State’s highest court is mulling an answer to a question that has long plagued intellectuals: What separates art from mere entertainment? And in this particular case, what separates pole dance from dance? There’s $400,000 at stake in Nite Moves v. The State of New York Tax Appeals Tribunal ...

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Studio 360

Live in Studio: The Heavy

Friday, September 07, 2012

Even if you don’t know the song "How You Like Me Now?" by name, you’ve almost certainly heard it. The gritty tune has been ubiquitous for a couple of years and is even included on the official Obama re-election campaign playlist. The band behind the song, The Heavy ...

Video: "What Makes a Good Man?" live in Studio 360

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Studio 360

3D Sound & Mormons on Broadway

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Kurt Andersen gets a sneak preview of the next big thing in entertainment: 3D sound. Robert Lopez, the composer and co-creator of the hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, sits down at the piano to deconstruct the show. Plus we uncover the secret life of the jazz bandleader Ina Ray Hutton.

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Studio 360

They’re Made Out of Meat

Friday, August 31, 2012

We humans are pretty hot stuff — the most highly evolved species on the planet, or so we like to think. Terry Bisson’s science-fiction parable “They’re Made Out of Meat” suggests otherwise. To some space aliens who think they’ve seen it all, we’re not just primitive. We’re gross ...

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Studio 360

The Tools for a Creative Life

Friday, August 24, 2012

Phil Stutz and Barry Michels are Hollywood psychologists with a roster of A-list clients. “Especially among the actors, you have people where no one’s told them the truth ever for the last eight years, 12 years — literally never,” Stutz tells Kurt Andersen. In Stutz and Michels' book The Tools ...

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Earl "Fatha" Hines

Friday, August 24, 2012

Seth Barkan’s father was a classical cellist who urged his son to follow in his footsteps. Barkan studied classical piano for years, but it never quite suited him. Then one day, accompanying his mother to Costco, he returned with a history of jazz on CD. When he heard the stride pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines ...

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My Parents’ Extreme Tango Makeover

Friday, August 10, 2012

When Yowei Shaw was in college, her parents' relationship started to change. Maybe it was empty nest syndrome, maybe it was a midlife crisis; but after taking a few dance lessons on board a cruise ship, her parents turned their lives upside down for the tango. But she discovers that ...

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Studio 360

Marvin Hamlisch's Hollywood

Friday, August 10, 2012

For almost half a century, the composer Marvin Hamlisch made his way into our heads with ballad after show-stopping ballad, including “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line and the title song from The Way We Were, to name just a few. Hamlisch died this week at age 68 ...

Bonus Track: Hamlisch performs "Trust Me" from The Informant! in Studio 360

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On Being

Rosanne Cash, Time Traveler [remix]

Thursday, August 09, 2012

As the daughter of Johnny Cash, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash describes her life as one "circumscribed by music." But, it's through her love of language and quantum mechanics that she's finding new sources of creativity and mathematical ways to think abo

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On Being

[Unedited] Rosanne Cash with Krista Tippett

Thursday, August 09, 2012

As the daughter of Johnny Cash, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash describes her life as one "circumscribed by music." But, it's through her love of language and quantum mechanics that she's finding new sources of creativity and mathematical ways to think abo

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Studio 360

Woody Harrelson: Back to (Off-)Broadway

Friday, August 03, 2012

Woody Harrelson has played a stone-faced Marine, a porn king, and a sociopathic criminal. He’s just arrived Off-Broadway in two new roles: playwright and director. Bullet for Adolf is loosely based on Harrelson’s life: it’s set during a summer of partying hard and working construction ...

Bonus Track: Harrelson on The Hunger Games

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Studio 360

Hilary Hahn and Hauschka Go Improv

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hilary Hahn is a heavy hitter in classical music, a violinist who debuted at 12 and recorded the Bach partitas at 18. In her ripe old 20s, she began stretching beyond classical music, playing alongside singer-songwriters. Her new project goes even further outside the box ...

Bonus Track: “Stillness,” live in Studio 360

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Studio 360

Suzan-Lori Parks' Porgy and Bess

Friday, July 20, 2012

Porgy and Bess was groundbreaking: an opera about poor African-Americans in South Carolina, starring a cripple, a tramp, and a drug dealer. There’s a new production on Broadway now entitled The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, but it’s not the one George and Ira presented in 1935 ...

Video: a song from the Broadway production

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Studio 360

On Stage: A New Streetcar

Friday, July 13, 2012

It isn’t easy to put a fresh spin on A Streetcar Named Desire, one of the most acclaimed plays in American theatre, with its caricatured Brando scream of “Stella!” A new production on Broadway aims to shake things up, putting black and Latino actors in the lead roles. The idea ...

Video: a scene from A Streetcar Named Desire

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Studio 360

Live in Studio: Dirty Projectors

Friday, July 13, 2012

Dirty Projectors manage to be both avant-garde and accessible — the band plays experimental rock you can still dance to. They’ve collaborated with Björk and David Byrne, and been covered by Solange Knowles (sister of Beyoncé). Dave Longstreth, the band’s lead guitarist ...

Bonus Track: “The Socialites”

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