Studio 360

Syndicate content
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.
Updated: 1 hour 3 min ago

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.
Categories: NPR Feeds

Broadcasting Live From 1914

December 25, 2014 - 12:00am
pThis 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 invented the first animated character, Gertie the dinosaur; and George Bernard Shaw opened a front in the war between the sexes with emPygmalion/em. Tarzan debuted in 1914, and Jack Handey reimagines him trading the trees for the urban jungle. Plus, the assassination in Sarajevo that sparked the Great War is recalled by writer Aleksandar Hemon, whose forebear was in the crowd that fateful day. /p pem(Originally aired June 27, 2014)/em/pimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/studio360/podcast/~4/jkk4kACMnpc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
Categories: NPR Feeds

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Heart Like a Wheel,” Hating on “The Newsroom”

December 18, 2014 - 12:00am
pThe novels of Thomas Pynchon always seemed too weird and too long to make into movies. But the director Paul Thomas Anderson, a dedicated Pynchon fan, has taken on the challenge with "Inherent Vice." They’re not “unfilmmable span—/span maybe just hard,” he says. Also, the story of Linda Ronstadt’s breakthrough album “Heart Like a Wheel.” And we search for the answer to a TV mystery: why was "The Newsroom" so bad?/pimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/studio360/podcast/~4/q4n5bcKCHho" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
Categories: NPR Feeds

Sideshow Podcast: The Best of 2014's Internet

December 16, 2014 - 8:00am
pspanIt’s the end of the year and there are more “Best of” lists than there are people to read them, but we figured we’d add one that seems to be missing: the Best of the Internet. With the help of past emsideshow/em guests, Sean Rameswaram attempts to compile a collection of the best videos, sites, songs, and memes that thrived online in 2014. Good luck, kid./span /p h2Studio 360's Kurt Andersen - "Too Many Cooks"/h2 pdiv class="user-embedded-video"div id="videoplayer_idp67496804dd56572-b2ba-42d2-8836-85e060793271"iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QrGrOK8oZG8?wmode=transparentamp;autohide=1amp;rel=0amp;showinfo=0amp;feature=oembedamp;enablejsapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" id="a-8348715807594816462" class="youtube_video" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" data-original-url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrGrOK8oZG8"/iframe/div/div/p pspan“The guy raised the stakes for himself, and then met them and upped himself,” /spana href="https://twitter.com/kbandersen" target="_blank"Kurt Andersen/aspan says of the surreal send-up of cheesy TV sitcoms made by writer /spana href="https://twitter.com/heycasperkelly" target="_blank"Casper Kelly/aspan. The 11-minute parody rewards repeat views. “It is literally the first viral video I have ever gone back and looked at again,” Kurt says. “And I am a notorious one-time watcher of things.”/span/p h2GIPHY's Tyler Menzel - SeeHearParty.com /h2 div class="embedded-image"a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/pizza-homer-simpson-hungry-sTUWqCKtxd01W" target="_blank"img class="mcePuppyImage" src="http://media3.giphy.com/media/sTUWqCKtxd01W/giphy.gif" alt="Homer Pizza" width="620" height="465"/a/div pIt wasn’t easy for a href="http://www.studio360.org/story/sideshow-podcast-giving-perfect-gif/" target="_blank"Tyler Menzel/a to pick just one thing that he loved on the internet this year because he spends his entire day deep-sea diving for gems as the editorial director at a href="http://giphy.com/" target="_blank"Giphy /a– a GIF search engine. He settled on a href="http://www.seehearparty.com/" target="_blank"seehearparty.com/a, a website that allows you to sync your favorite categories of animated GIFs to your favorite songs. /p p“One of the best things is when you start adding multiple tags,” says Menzel. If you were gonna cut my head open and look inside, it would look like a seehearparty.com of ‘a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2cQSPRTdhg" target="_blank"No Flex Zone/a’ and emSailor Moon/em and cats on skateboards.”/p h2Jezebel's Jia Tolentino - ClickHole/h2 div class="embedded-image"a href="http://www.clickhole.com/blogpost/time-i-spent-commercial-whaling-ship-totally-chang-768" target="_blank"img class="mcePuppyImage" src="https://media2.wnyc.org/i/620/345/l/80/1/clickhole2.png" alt=" em ClickHole /em blogged em Moby Dick /em this week"/a /div pa href="http://www.studio360.org/story/sideshow-podcast-rude-magic-worst-best-song-summer/" target="_blank"Jia Tolentino/aspan recently became an editor at /spana href="http://jezebel.com/" target="_blank"Jezebel/aspan, but The Onion’s /spana href="http://www.clickhole.com/" target="_blank"ClickHole/aspan – which posts satirical listicles, quizzes, and celebrity quotations every day – is her favorite site. “All websites in comparison are absolute garbage,” she says. “Including the one I work for.”/span/p h2Funny Or Die's Jonathan Van Ness - Voguing Kid amp; Kim/h2 pdiv class="user-embedded-video"div id="videoplayer_idp476905640b9edd2-2b58-41fb-a3c2-9fd0d70d8940"iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yOOyfymbipg?wmode=transparentamp;autohide=1amp;rel=0amp;showinfo=0amp;feature=oembedamp;enablejsapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" id="a-5382355598307483560" class="youtube_video" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" data-original-url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOOyfymbipg"/iframe/div/div/p pa href="http://www.studio360.org/story/sideshow-podcast-gay-thrones-and-tv-recap-revolution/" target="_blank"Jonathan Van Ness/aspan, host of Funny or Die’s /spana href="http://www.funnyordie.com/topic/gay-of-thrones" target="_blank"emGay of Thrones/em/aspan, couldn’t pick one thing he loved online this year, so he chose two. The first was the kid who interrupted a local Las Vegas news spot with refined voguing stylistics. “He was camera ready, he knew all of his angles, he did not get stale; it was amazing.”/span/p div class="embedded-image"img class="mcePuppyImage" src="https://media2.wnyc.org/i/620/620/l/80/1/kirspykreme3.jpg" alt="Kim Kardashian and the Krispy Kremes" width="620" height="620"/div pspanKim Kardashian and/spanem Paper Magazine/emspan tried to “/spana href="http://www.papermag.com/tag/Break%20The%20Internet" target="_blank"Break the Internet/aspan” by releasing a series of oily nude photos this year, but instead they created a monster meme. “When I saw the one where they replaced her bum with that Krispy Kreme doughnut, it was the same texture, it was the same shine,” Van Ness says. “I loved that.” But not enough to download her supremely popular game./span/p h2Vulture's Margaret Lyons - "Transparent"/h2 pdiv class="user-embedded-video"div id="videoplayer_idp29618565e46935f-7855-41c4-8227-feb340a103ca"iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dHpXcmiEIyM?wmode=transparentamp;autohide=1amp;rel=0amp;showinfo=0amp;feature=oembedamp;enablejsapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" id="a-2601734838540594713" class="youtube_video" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" data-original-url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHpXcmiEIyM"/iframe/div/div/p pa href="http://www.studio360.org/story/sideshow-podcast-gay-thrones-and-tv-recap-revolution/" target="_blank"Margaret Lyons/aspan spends a lot of time watching TV for her job as a critic at /spana href="http://www.vulture.com/" target="_blank"Vulture/aspan, but her favorite show of the year was only available online: Jill Soloway's /spanema href="http://www.amazon.com/Pilot-HD/dp/B00I3MNF6S" target="_blank"Transparent/a./emspan “The show is amazing, it’s beautiful,” Lyons says of the dramedy about the patriarch of a Los Angeles family who transitions genders. It’s available on Amazon Prime, where Lyons also purchases her socks. /span/p h2Gallery 1988's Jensen Karp - "Run The Jewels 2"/h2 pdiv class="user-embedded-video"div id="videoplayer_idp3022320bef2ac56-bc09-4fee-b2b7-a5689df99a22"iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uuWQyfGa1yI?wmode=transparentamp;autohide=1amp;rel=0amp;showinfo=0amp;feature=oembedamp;enablejsapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" id="a605200895875941838" class="youtube_video" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" data-original-url="http://youtu.be/uuWQyfGa1yI"/iframe/div/div/p pa href="http://www.studio360.org/story/sideshow-podcast-gallery-1988-louvre-fan-art/" target="_blank"Jensen Karp/a was a rapper in his teens, but now he mostly curates exceptional fan artwork. His love for hip-hop remains strong thanks in part to a href="http://www.runthejewels.net/" target="_blank"emRun the Jewels/em em2/em/a, the latest release from the rap supergroup of Killer Mike and El-P. “These two guys are on the third leg of their career each,” Karp says of the 39-year-olds. “And if you know hip-hop well, that’s impossible.” /p pThe success of emRun the Jewels 2/em began online where the singles for “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” and “Blockbuster Night Part 1” hit big before the entire album was made available as a free download in October. After its release came universal critical acclaim for two independent rappers who have seen their share of victory and defeat over the years. “The things that are happening for both of these guys, you just sort of have to applaud it.”/p h2Kutiman - "Symphony Orchestra Pachebel Canon Rehearsal"/h2 pdiv class="user-embedded-video"div id="videoplayer_idp105525925431a7e5-0f99-4d77-af47-59c265cfb0c9"iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/i-bQFs9tlMA?wmode=transparentamp;autohide=1amp;rel=0amp;showinfo=0amp;feature=oembedamp;enablejsapi=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" id="a7649375154427528117" class="youtube_video" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" data-original-url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-bQFs9tlMA"/iframe/div/div/p pa href="http://www.studio360.org/story/sideshow-podcast-kutiman-keeps-making-music-thru-youtube/" target="_blank"Kutiman/aspan watches a lot of unknown musicians performing on YouTube. It’s kind of his job. Most of what he finds while scouting for his “/spana href="http://thru-you-too.com/#!/" target="_blank"Thru You/aspan” project is unusable, but some of that unusable stuff—like this video of middle school students annihilating Pachelbel’s Canon—is unforgettable./span/pimg src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/studio360/podcast/~4/OvfD0qBHwcM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/
Categories: NPR Feeds