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.
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Kurt Andersen talks to novelist Anne Rice about the mystery and allure of monsters across movies, art, and literature.
pAt the end of every year, we ask listeners to send us their creative resolutions for the New Year – projects they’ve always wanted to do, but needed a little push to get going. Then, we pick a handful of them to follow and hold to their promises. In 2014, we got one of our most peculiar and ambitious proposals yet: the musician Mike Doughty, of the great 90s band Soul Coughing, wanted to write a rock opera based on the Book of Revelation. How could we say no to that?/p pMike followed through, met his deadline, and premiered his show in three performances at WNYC’s Greene Space in New York. And it was amazing. We can honestly say we never thought Revelation could be made into a musical that actually rocked. Listen to the full audio above, or a href="http://www.studio360.org/#video"strongwatch a video of the performance below./strong /a/p pstrongRevelation: A Rock Operabr/strongemA world premiere recorded live in The Greene Space at WNYC on January 27, 2015./emstrongbr/strongWritten, composed, and directed by a href="http://www.mikedoughty.com/" target="_blank"Mike Doughty/abrVisual art by a href="http://hamburgervampire.com/"Zebadiah Keneally/a/p pstrongCast:/strongbr Mike Doughty, John the Revelator/guitarbrAmber Gray, The Wordbra href="http://www.xeniarubinos.com/" target="_blank"Xenia Rubinos/a and a href="http://www.melissamcmillanmusic.com/" target="_blank"Melissa McMillan/a, vocalsbrAndrew Livingston, cellobra href="http://johnguari.com/" target="_blank"John Guari/a, keyboards/trumpetbra href="http://petewilhoit.virb.com/" target="_blank"Pete Wilhoit/a, drums/p pstrongCrew:/strongbr Jennifer Keeney Sendrow, producerbrRicardo Fernandez, technical directorbrChase Culpon, recording engineer /p pstrongSong list:br/strong0:00 Preamblebr2:00 Write the Things You Have Seenbr9:30 I Saw A Door Opened in Heavenbr14:30 How Long Will it be Before You Avenge Us?br20:20 12,000br21:20 Sir, You Must Know!br22:00 Terror, Woe!br25:20 The Shapes of the Locusts Were Like Horsesbr26:30 Write the Things You Have Seen (Reprise)br28:00 The Four Angels Were Loosedbr28:45 It Was in My Belly Bitterbr31:30 The Two Witnessesbr33:45 The Mother and the Dragonbr35:30 I Saw Another Beast Coming From the Seabr39:30 The Word Stands on the Mountainbr41:00 Who Will Not Fear You?br47:40 Mother of Abominationsbr55:00 Captains of the Merchant Ships/King of Kingsbr58:20 Cast Into the Lake of Firebr65:10 The Time is at Handa id="video"/a/p pstrongVideo: "Revelation" live in The Greene Space/strong /pimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/studio360/podcast/~4/VeMhUzbqsnI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/Listen to and watch the world premier of Mike Doughty's rock opera, and the culmination of his creative resolution for 2014.
pKelly Link re-read classic children’s fantasy while she was getting her MFA; now her acclaimed short stories are breaking the wall of genre between fantasy and literary fiction. A new and surprisingly popular trend in music videos takes out all the images, showing you nothing but a song’s lyrics. Also, you asked us to redesign one of the worst parts of everyday life: Mondays. But can design actually make Mondays joyful? /pimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/studio360/podcast/~4/wfpfP3Q1l8g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/Kurt Andersen talks with the author Kelly Link, whorsquo;s breaking down barriers between fantasy and literary fiction. And we ask: Can design bring joy to Mondays?
pThe internet is doing great things for advice columns.a href="http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/ask_andrew_wk/" target="_blank" Andrew W.K./a, a href="http://noisey.vice.com/blog/introducing-ask-t-pain-a-new-advice-column-by-t-pain" target="_blank"T-Pain/a, and a href="http://www.studio360.org/story/sideshow-murakami-cage-emojis-win-internet/" target="_blank"Haruki Murakami/a are the latest to start life-coaching online, but emDear Sugar/em, the bygone column at the literary website a href="http://therumpus.net/sections/dear-sugar/" target="_blank"The Rumpus/a, remains the fan favorite. “She really has this willingness to share herself in her responses to other people’s problems,” says the writer Ann Friedman, who praised the column in a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/06/self-help-book-women-love-to-give-each-other.html" target="_blank"emNew York Magazine/em/a last year. Though Friedman was a emDear Sugar /emlatecomer, she immediately connected with the writing. “It feels like talking it out with a friend – the most articulate, compassionate friend.”/p pemDear Sugar/em was launched by the writer Steve Almond in 2010, but it wasn’t long before he handed the reigns over to Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the column until it was retired in 2012. The end of emSugar/em coincided with the beginning of emWild/em – Strayed’s best-selling, Oprah-endorsed memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail after years of personal turmoil. The book inspired this year’s Academy Award-nominated Reese Witherspoon movie:/p piframe frameborder="0" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tn2-GSqPyl0?controls=0" width="620"/iframe/p pThough emWild/em has kept Strayed plenty occupied for the past few years, she yearned to return to advice-giving. “I always felt like I had not quite finished my work as Sugar,” she says. When Almond suggested they resurrect the column as a podcast, she signed on immediately. “It sounded like fun to me. And I let my gut drive a lot of my decisions, as I advise other people to do as Sugar.”/p pStrayed and Almond co-host ema href="http://www.wbur.org/series/dear-sugar" target="_blank"Dear Sugar Radio/a/em and employ “radical empathy” to respond to listeners – a term that refers to sharing one’s own experiences as a way of recommending a certain course of action. “I don’t know the answers,” Strayed says. “But what I can do is help you find a way to ask deeper questions.” After a lifetime of offering stories of her own infidelity, drug use, and woe, Strayed isn’t afraid to over-share. “I’ve always been the person who is interested in going one step further when it comes to risking intimacy,” she says. “I’m sort of famous for being really bad at polite cocktail party conversation.” /p p /p pemOur Cheryl Strayed interview a href="http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2015/02/09/cheryl-strayed-dear-sugar/" target="_blank"originally aired/a on CBC's Q. Thanks to our friends at Q for letting us make a Sideshow out of the whole affair. /em/pimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/studio360/podcast/~4/RffGQ2FUJm0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/Andrew W.K., T-Pain, and Haruki Murakami are the latest to life coach online, but "Dear Sugar" remains the fan favorite. Now, Cheryl Strayed is re-launching the column as a podcast.nbsp;
pThis week we bring you three American Icons, stories from our series on works of art that changed the way we think about America. In myth and song, John Henry was a railroad worker who raced the machine that was going to steal his job. He won the race, but it killed him. What does that say about the American work ethic? Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" spurred the abolitionist movement — but the title character is now a vicious slur used against African-Americans. How did that happen? And we find out why Miles Davis’s "Kind of Blue" became the one jazz record that even non-jazz fans own./pimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/studio360/podcast/~4/OvhwjBKY_iU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/Three American Icons: John Henry, the man who raced a machine and won (but also lost); Uncle Tom, who went from hero to villain; and ldquo;Kind of Blue,rdquo; the one jazz album everyone owns.