Studio 360 with Kurt AndersenAuthor: PRI and WNYC
26 Jun 2017

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen

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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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    Tupac and Art Rock

    This week, an episode about groundbreaking pop music: The music that preceded and followed Radiohead’s landmark album, “OK Computer.” Plus, an exploration of how the life of Tupac Shakur was mythologized — even by Tupac himself. And gospel punk band Algiers plays live in the studio. 

  • Posted on 22 Jun 2017

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    Across the Multiverse

    Universe not big enough for you? There’s always the multiverse — many universes, scattered through time and space. In one world, you might drive a bus; in another, you might be a Formula One racer. If the idea sounds familiar, that could be because it has obsessed science-fiction and comic-book writers for decades. But artists and writers aren't the only ones fascinated by multiples — some physicists think the multiverse could be very real.

    (Originally aired December 10, 2015)

  • Posted on 15 Jun 2017

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    Homecoming Attractions

    This week, Kurt talks with “Daily Show” Correspondent Hasan Minhaj about surviving the Trump Administration. Plus, the story behind one of the great literary hoaxes of the century: “Naked Came the Stranger.” And statistician Ben Blatt uses data analysis on classic novels and discovers some surprising patterns.

  • Posted on 08 Jun 2017

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    American Icons: I Love Lucy

    This is where television invented itself.

    I Love Lucy feature card

    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 humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy, from “Desperate Housewives to “30 Rock, writers can’t live without Lucy. Rapper Mellow Man Ace celebrates the breaking of an ethnic taboo; a drag performer celebrates Lucy as a freak. With novelist Oscar Hijuelos, producer Chuck Lorre, The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling, and a marriage counselor who has some advice for the bickering couple.

    American Icons: I Love Lucy was produced by Jenny Lawton, with production assistance from Chloe Plaunt and Claes Andreasson. David Krasnow edited the show.

    (Originally aired October 8, 2010)

    Bonus Track: Mindy Hearts Ricky

    Mindy Kaling

    Mindy Kaling ("The Office") grew up thinking "I Love Lucy" was “one of the many black and white things that people keep telling you is so great... and you’re just sort of bored and annoyed by it.” Then her "Office" boss Greg Daniels ordered her to watch it. She came away with a pretty serious crush on Ricky Ricardo. And she says she's not bothered by jokes about his accent.


    Bonus Track: Deconstructing Lucy

    Script for 'Lucy is Enciente'

    Although Lucy's on-screen antics may have looked improvised, every gesture, glance, and step was written into the script. Gregg Oppenheimer — son of creator, producer, and head writer Jess Oppenheimer — reads a bit of telling stage direction from “Lucy is Enceinte.” Jess and Gregg Oppenheimer are the authors of Laughs, Luck... and Lucy.


    → Read an excerpt from the "Lucy is Enciente" episode script 

    Bonus Track: Notes on a Scandal

    Confidential Magazine 

    In 1955 "Confidential Magazine," a Hollywood scandal rag, reported on Desi Arnaz’s supposed philandering. Dartmouth film and television professor Mary Desjardins explores the less desirable side effect of being a celebrity couple.


    → Read about Lucy and Desi in Confidential Magazine (1955)

    The I Love Lucy show was the first comedy to be filmed in front of a live studio audience, a practice that is now standard in many of today's TV sitcoms. Lucille Ball's daughter, Lucie Arnaz, wrote that her mother's “clowning and comedy talent thrived on the sound of real people laughing uproariously at her antics.”
    (Courtesy of Gregg Oppenheimer)


    The original I Love Lucy soundstage. Karl Freund, the Oscar-winning cinematographer, convinced Desi Arnaz that I Love Lucy needed to be filmed on a soundstage, not on a theatre stage, as was the convention at that time. A soundstage allowed Freund to set up the necessary infrastructure — including a hanging light grid and crab dollies — to successfully accomplish the innovative technique of three cameras shooting simultaneously. The techniques “Papa” Freund invented for I Love Lucy are still used to make sitcoms today.
    (Claes Andreasson)


    A seat to watch a live filming of I Love Lucy was one of the hottest tickets in town — brought to you by Phillip Morris, I Love Lucy's official sponsor.
    (Claes Andreasson / Hollywood Center Studios)


    Filming I Love Lucy with three cameras was just one of the show's many monumental innovations. Television historian Thomas Schatz explains, “I Love Lucy shaped the style, the technique, the veritable 'grammar' of the sitcom. And beyond the series' impact on the genre, there was Desilu itself, which affected the institutional, economic, and even the technological practices of the TV industry.”
    (Claes Andreasson / Hollywood Center Studios)   


  • Posted on 01 Jun 2017

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    Manchester, United

    This week, a conversation with music journalist Eve Barlow about the terror attack in Manchester and the city’s rich musical history. Plus, “Master of None” co-creator Alan Yang reveals behind-the-scenes stories from the Netflix series, and an expert on con artists dissects America’s fascination with flim-flam men.

  • Posted on 25 May 2017


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