Associate Producer Derek John joined Studio 360 in 2004 and is currently the show's News Editor. The Kansas native first caught the radio bug from a local doo-wop deejay who called himself "the daddio of the rad-dio." Derek eventually hosted his own radio shows at KU's legendary KJHK, before moving to New York in 2001. He worked for PBS' Bill Moyers and NPR's On the Media before freelancing all over public radio on subjects ranging from early hip-hop to the future of books. His reporting has taken him from the bowels of Grand Central Station to a hot rod shop in the Mojave Desert and won numerous awards. Recent productions include a feature on Tea Party protest music, the first ever 3-D radio broadcast, and a documentary on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. His writing has appeared in New York, The New York Sun, and the Village Voice. He holds a Masters in Cultural Reporting & Criticism from NYU, where he currently teaches a radio reporting course.
Derek John appears in the following:
Friday, December 15, 2017
A visit to the Hinsdale Public Library with the writer Cristina Henriquez.
Monday, November 28, 2016
The effervescent performer Sharon Jones, who died last week, reinvented an American anthem — and brought 1960s soul and funk music back to the mainstage.
Monday, November 14, 2016
DJ Shadow set a world record for creating an album made up entirely of samples, many of them from LPs he rescued from the 50-cent bin.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
One muggy Thursday, 50,000 rowdy rock fans packed Chicago's Comiskey Park to see disc jockey Steve Dahl blow up a crate of disco records. That evening's stunt helped birth a new musical movement.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
S.E. Hinton was a teenager herself when she wrote a novel that broke all the rules of young adult fiction.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Roberto Bolaño's posthumous novel 2666 weighs in at more than 900 pages — a challenging read, to say the least. Now Chicago's Goodman Theatre has adapted it as a 5 1/2 hour stage production.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him. Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.
Friday, December 18, 2015
In the 1980s, NPR looked to the film saga to help boost audience numbers. it bought the rights from George Lucas (for $1) and got the original Luke Skywalker. The result was an overwhelming success.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
How Victoria de Puy and her daughter Geraldine came to understand their relationship through the friendship of Snoopy and Woodstock.
Friday, June 26, 2015
A classic of black cinema celebrated its 40th birthday on June 25. Cooley High showed a slice of urban life rarely seen in "blaxploitation" movies of the time. Set in Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing project, it became a touchstone for filmmakers like John Singleton and Spike Lee.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Amid the blaxploitation craze, Cooley High showed a slice of urban life rarely seen on the big screen. It is a bittersweet coming-of-age story set in Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing project.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
He’s made more albums than anyone else, but you’ve never heard a note he’s played.
Friday, August 29, 2014
The leader of the Tijuana Brass kicked off a 50-year career in music by zoning out and missing his cue in an orchestra performance.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Talib Kweli made a name for himself in the late ‘90s as one half of the hip hop duo Black Star, with Mos Def. Since then, Kweli has carried on the tradition of socially conscious hi...
Friday, January 04, 2013
Probably the most famous African-American visual artist of the 20th century, Romare Bearden was best known for a singular approach to collage art that incorporated scraps of wallpaper...
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thirty years ago, hardly anyone knew what a music video was. On the night MTV was launched, its founders — a ragtag bunch of music fans and rookie television execs — took a bus from M...
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 ...
Friday, June 01, 2012
WNYC listener Julie Bayley grew up watching daytime talk shows to catch comics like Rodney Dangerfield. But there weren’t any comedians like her: female and black. Then Bayley saw W...
Friday, May 25, 2012
The big, splashy comic book movie has become a fairly predictable piece of Hollywood machinery. So it’s easy to forget just how radical and fresh Men In Black seemed when it came out...
Friday, May 11, 2012
Best known for his breakthrough 1963 picture book Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's long career involved one wild rumpus after another. "You have to remember, he's from a g...