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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.
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Creepers, Golliwog, Spalding

January 18, 2038 - 10:14pm
Kurt Andersen talks to novelist Anne Rice about the mystery and allure of monsters across movies, art, and literature.
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American Icons: Buffalo Bill's Wild West

January 29, 2015 - 12:00am
pstrongThis was the spectacle that colonized our dreams./strong/p pHe was the most famous American in the world — a showman and spin artist who parlayed a buffalo-hunting gig into an entertainment empire. William F. Cody’s stage show presented a new creation myth for America, bringing cowboys, Indians, settlers, and sharpshooters to audiences who had only read about the West in dime novels. He offered Indians a life off the reservation — reenacting their own defeats. emDeadwood/em producer David Milch explains why the myth of the West still resonates; a Sioux actor at a Paris theme park loves playing Sitting Bull; and a financial executive impersonates Buffalo Bill, with his wife as Annie Oakley./p pa name="bonustrack"/a/p div class="embedded-image alignright"img class="mcePuppyImage" src="'s%20Ledger%20II%20(1989)_CREDIT%20Arthur%20Amiotte.jpg" alt="" width="208" height="138"div class="image-metadata"/div /div pstrong Bonus Track: Indian or Native American?/strong brArtist and scholar Arthur Amiotte offers his opinion on the names given to — and chosen by — his people./p pdiv class="inline_audioplayer_wrapper"div id="audioplayer_idm13129288e628ec7-9caf-4e75-88ee-efb3062dde30" class="player_element" data-url="" data-width="" data-title="" data-thumbnail="" data-download="false" data-may-embed="true"/div/div  /p pa name="wildwestvideo"/astrongVideo: "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" /strongspanbr/spanThere's not much video of Buffalo Bill; William Cody couldn't quite figure out how to adapt his "Wild West" show to the new technology of film. But Thomas Edison used the developing medium to capture some amazing footage of the show./p piframe frameborder="0" height="465" src="" width="620"/iframe/p pa name="disneyswildwest"/astrongVideo: “La Légende de Buffalo Bill”/strongspan br/spanThe "Wild West" show has history in Europe. The original stage show spent perhaps a third of its run across the Atlantic, touring as far east as the Ukraine. As shown in the promotional video below, a current French incarnation — "with Mickey and friends" — draws heavily on the mythology created by Buffalo Bill./p pspandiv class="user-embedded-video"div id="videoplayer_idp683520c74f2d20-2317-4d90-88d1-8f4f7f0deb94"iframe width="620" height="349" src=";autohide=1amp;rel=0amp;showinfo=0amp;feature=oembedamp;enablejsapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" id="a-6834741450611224627" class="youtube_video" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" data-original-url=""/iframe/div/div/span/p pa name="slideshow"/astrongSlideshow: Who Was Buffalo Bill?/strong/pimg src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/William F. Codyrsquo;s stage show presented a new creation myth for America, bringing cowboys, Indians, settlers, and sharpshooters to audiences.
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Sideshow Podcast: At 17, Humza Deas Puts Shame in Your Instagram Game

January 27, 2015 - 8:00am
pa href="" target="_blank"Humza Deas/a isn’t impressed by his nearly 100,000 Instagram followers, though he should be. He earned every one surfing subways, climbing bridges, and scaling New York City’s skyscrapers for the perfect photo. The ambitious 17-year-old taught himself everything he knows about trespassing and now, on the cusp of adulthood, he’s teaching himself how to be an even better photographer. /p div class="embedded-image"a href="" target="_blank"img class="mcePuppyImage" src="" alt="" width="620" height="620"/a/div pIt’s not exactly surprising that a high school student in 2015 started taking photos on a smart phone. “I never owned my first camera until four or five months ago,” Deas says. At the age of 16, he bought a second-hand iPhone and began posting lifestyle photos to Instagram—skateboarding, streetscapes, and heavily filtered portraits of friends. /p piframe frameborder="0" height="349" src=";title=0amp;byline=0amp;portrait=0" width="620"/iframe/p pSoon enough, Deas wanted to up his game. After seeing a video of daredevils free-climbing a Beijing skyscraper on YouTube, he figured out a way. “This is what I can do—this is how I can be original,” he thought to himself. Though he had little to no experience climbing much of anything, he was confident that skateboarding and “being fascinated with edges of buildings to do tricks on” had prepared him plenty. brbr After posting a photo that featured his feet dangling high over Times Square, people began to notice him. Bloggers started writing about his work, clothing companies began to send him free stuff, and emNew York /emMagazine featured a similar image on its cover. /p div class="embedded-image"a href="" target="_blank"img class="mcePuppyImage" src="" alt="Humza Deas gets the NY Mag cover"/a/div pDeas turns 18 this March and is attempting to transition out of the trespassing business. He’s selling prints on his website, setting up gallery shows, developing creative partnerships and gradually transitioning into a new form. “People see me as more than that risk-taker now,” he says. “I’m showing people that it’s not all about climbing.” Deas notes some of the fringe benefits of his transition, too. “It really sucks when you got to take the staircase up to the top floor.” /p div class="embedded-image"a href="" target="_blank"img class="mcePuppyImage" src="" alt="Humza Deas surfs a subway"brbr/a/div div class="embedded-image"a href="" target="_blank"img class="mcePuppyImage" src="" alt="Humza'"/a/div p /pimg src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/Humza Deas is 17, he's been on Instagram for two years, and he has over 100,000 followers. Here's how he did it.
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Peter Carey “Rent” Goes to Cuba

January 22, 2015 - 12:00am
pPeter Carey’s latest novel, "Amnesia," is about government surveillance, cyber terrorism, and the legacy of America’s bullying intelligence agencies. He was inspired to write it after turning down an offer to ghostwrite Julian Assange’s autobiography. We hear how lifting the embargo will affect Cuba’s artists; and Havana gets its first Broadway transfer since the Revolution — the critique of capitalism known as "Rent."/pimg src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/Novelist Peter Carey explains how Julian Assange inspired his latest novel, and Cuba gets its first Broadway musical since the Revolution.
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