Flying Cars and Tricorders: How Sci-Fi Invented the...07/04/14
From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to George Orwell’s 1984 to Spike Jonze’s Oscar-winning Her, artists have imagined what the future will look like. In this week’s episode, Kurt Andersen explores how science fiction has shaped the world we’re living in...
Broadcasting Live from 1914
This week, Studio 360 is broadcasting from 1914, covering the cultural happenings of a remarkable year. Charlie Chaplin debuted the Tramp, the character who defines the silent film era, in that year; one of America’s great newspaper cartoonists...
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 Kondabolu...
Sideshow Podcast > Gallery 1988: The Louvre of Fan Art
In the early 2000s, Jensen Karp almost made it as a rapper, under the name Hot Karl. Interscope gave him a huge advance, EMI gave him a publishing deal, but the debut album never materialized. “Back in the day, any white rapper had an effect on their...
Neil Gaiman & Hurray for the Riff Raff
Neil Gaiman has written dozens of books, comics, TV shows, movies — and now he’s playing Carnegie Hall with a live band. His only complaint: He’s too busy! The band Hurray for the Riff Raff returns folk music to its punk rock roots. And in light of...
Sideshow Podcast > 40 Ounces of Trouble: Mike D Sets the Record Straight
In the mid-90s, rappers from the East Coast to the West convinced an entire generation to consume malt liquor in “40s”— 40-ounce glass bottles that delivered the alcohol equivalent of a six-pack in one serving. Songs like N.W.A.’s “8 Ball” glamorized...
The Great American Reset
This week, Studio 360 visits the Aspen Ideas Festival — it’s like summer camp for some of the world’s most influential people. In a show taped live at 2009's Aspen Ideas Festival, the writer Susan Orlean remembers the optimism of her late father, who...
Sideshow: Twitter’s Unfinished Scripts: Really Funny Movies That Will...
Twitter thrives on the short and sweet. So it’s a testament to Gavin Speiller that he has more than 30,000 followers for @UnfinishedS, because he cheats like crazy. Instead of 140 characters, Speiller tweets a photo of the first page of a screenplay,...
Anika Noni Rose & The Problem with the 9/11 Memorial
After winning a Tony Award and starring as Disney’s first African-American heroine, Anika Noni Rose just wants to kick butt as a big-budget superhero. A young upstart who rocked Broadway in the 1930s is the subject of a new play by James Lapine, an...
Podcast: Giving the Perfect GIF
SUBSCRIBE TO THE SIDESHOW PODCAST → iTunes→ RSS For some, the best way to reply to a message isn’t with words (so 2003!) but with a GIF, those short animations, just a few seconds long, usually drawn from a popular movie or video footage. From that...
Joan As Police Woman & Rick Rubin as Music Wizard
Producer Rick Rubin was a pioneer of hip-hop, and he’s worked with its biggest names. But he also reinvigorated the late careers of legends like Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond. His one rule in the studio: no talking about business. For indie songwriter...
Three American Icons
This week, a triple header from the series American Icons, which focuses on works of art that changed the way we think about America. More than 150 years ago, Nathaniel Hawthorne put his finger on how we ostracize women for their sexuality in The...
Seth Rogen Grows Up & Critics with Attitude
Kurt Andersen talks with Seth Rogen, whose amiably foul-mouthed man-boy characters have transformed American comedy, about finally writing a decent role for a woman. (Hint: It helps to be married.) And a new study ranks movie critics from harsh to...
Kevin Spacey’s Reign & Cibo Matto’s Return
Kurt Andersen talks with Kevin Spacey, who explains how Richard III — the baddest king Shakespeare ever put in a play — set the stage for Beltway backstabber Francis Underwood (D, Georgia) in House of Cards. We also find out why you won’t hear the...
Lois Lowry’s Giver & Talib Kweli’s Conscious Rap
This week, Kurt talks with Lois Lowry, the author of the YA classic The Giver, which is being turned into a movie starring Jeff Bridges this summer. We also hear from rising-star theater director Alex Timbers about his collaboration with David Byrne:...
Nerding Out with Ken Burns & Rebranding Marijuana
This week, Kurt Andersen calls a listener named Ken in New Hampshire who turns out to be Ken Burns, the filmmaker. Burns has a few good words for our latest listener challenge, like "a reel of documentary filmmakers" and "a scratch of DJs." We ask...
Under the Skin & a Pop-Up Game of Thrones
If Scarlett Johansson pulled up in a van, would you get in? Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi film Under The Skin casts the starlet as an alien prowling the streets of Edinburgh for human flesh. A paper engineer takes pop-up books into new territory with a...
Rap Lyrics on Trial & Too Much Shakespeare?
Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare — the Bard would be 450 this month. But after centuries dominating the world’s theaters, could you give anyone else a place on the stage? Could we try Marlowe in the Park, or an Oregon Centlivre Festival? Plus, another...
American Icons: I Love Lucy
This is where television invented itself. It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy was a bad girl trapped in the life of a ‘50s housewife; her slapstick quest for fame and fortune ended in abject failure weekly. Both the antics and the...
Robert Rodriguez & Searching for Wonder Woman
This week, three takes on superheroes. Kurt Andersen talks with Robert Rodriguez, who likes his characters “indestructible.” Now the film director is overseeing a new English language cable network for Latino audiences. A graphic novel brings to life...
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