Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC
By Public Radio International and WNYC
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The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio’s smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy – so let Studio 360 steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life.
||Facing Fear with Andrew Bird, Jennifer Egan, and Hari Kondabolu||Live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a show devoted to the theme of fear — the kind that that can motivate us, and the kind that can stop us in our tracks. Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory join us for a song about escape; comedian Hari Kondabol||5/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sideshow Podcast: Kickstarting the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum||If your creative concept is original, quirky, and crazy enough, it will kill on Kickstarter. There was the Robocop statue, the potato salad, and now the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum. Best friends and comedy writers Matt Harkins and Viv||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution, & Angelique Kidjo Plays Live||Jon Fine’s college band Bitch Magnet only sold a handful of records, but they had an outsized influence on 90s rock. After playing a sold-out reunion tour, Fine has a new memoir about what went wrong with indie rock. Angelique Kidjo explains how she’||5/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||“Spoon River Anthology” Turns 100 & 24-Year-Old Torres Plays Live||Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology” became a landmark of American poetry — by going deep into the darkness behind the ideal bucolic American life. We hear a live set from singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott, who performs as TORRES. She can||5/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||“An American in Paris” on Broadway, Poet Terrance Hayes, & Remembering Nirvana||The choreographer Christopher Wheeldon took one of the most famous musicals ever –– “An American in Paris” –– and interpreted it for the Broadway stage. The African-American poet Terrance Hayes explains why he never really thought about rac||4/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Steve Coogan, Visualizing Dark Matter, & Hip-Hop’s Best Year||Steve Coogan finds the comedy in becoming washed up in the new show “Happyish.” An artist and an astrophysicist figure out how to think about “dark matter” — the invisible energy that undergirds the structure of the universe. And Sideshow host||4/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sideshow Podcast: How to Get Billy Idol to Play Your Birthday Party for Free||It costs $50,000 to have Billy Idol appear at a private event, but in 2012, a 25-year-old working at a Seattle mall convinced the rock star and his band to play his birthday party for free. All Michael Henrichsen had to do was make ridiculous videos, e||4/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||"Ex Machina," Sexy Robots, & Four-Legged Stars||Director Alex Garland plays with notion of humans loving robots in his new movie, “Ex Machina.” What it takes to train a canine star for the new film “White God.” And composer Jeanine Tesori sings her way through the making of her Broadway hit,||4/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hilary Mantel on “Wolf Hall,” Juliette Binoche, & Dwight Yoakam||Hilary Mantel explains why we’re still so interested in Henry VIII: he was a real-life “monster-king.” Juliette Binoche stars as an aging actress in “Clouds of Sils Maria” opposite Kristen Stewart’s undermining upstart. And Dwight Yoakam pla||4/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sideshow Podcast: Roxane Gay Loves “The Fast and the Furious” (And So Can You!)||Furious 7 will be one of the biggest movies of the year. Since The Fast and the Furious came out in 2001, the combination of cars, speed, and Vin Diesel has made the franchise one of the most profitable in the history of cinema, grossing close to three b||4/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
A Solidly Produced Program
Even the Atlanta metro area (oddly enough) has no stations that carry the full version of this program. But the podcast is solid and usually quite inspirational and thoughtful. Sometimes they nearly do give you the full hour. Highly recommended for those of us with short attention spans.
The stuff will round out your dinner conversations
If you're not naturally interesting, this show offers enough conversation fodder to keep you on the B or possibly A-list of socalite dinner parties. There's enough generalizing to make this enjoyable and to help you keep your bits brief, but Kurt also pulls from sources enough to make you feel like you've nibbled on substance. Usually the material will be something you've heard of tangentially and so it gives you updates on the familiar. Bravo. Very enjoyable.
i heart 360
listening to studio 360 is one of the highlights of my week. i listen in my kitchen, in my car...sometimes i take the long way to work just to hear what's next. 360 is not trying to be hip (thank goodness) or over the top. it is smart, funny, intriguing and i can't stop listening.