The new band EL VY plays live in our studio, combining the downer indie rock of The National with the cheery electro-pop of Menomena. Also, how President Obama became the internet´s go-to scapegoat for all of life´s little annoyances. And the writer Valeria Luiselli explains how she collaborated with the workers in a Mexican juice plant to write her latest novel, The Story of My Teeth. [Broadcast Date: October 31, 2015] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/151031/rt_stud_151031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Last year the artist Richard Prince was sued by Patrick Cariou, a photographer, for copyright infringement. Prince had used dozens of Cariou’s pictures — arty portraits of Rastafarians in Jamaica — in his paintings. This practice of appropriation, incorporating other people´s work into new artworks, is well established in the art world, and Prince has based a successful career on it. But a federal judge ruled for Cariou last year, and if Prince loses his appeal, a swath of contemporary art making will become illegal. Then, Last month, we announced our Significant Object story contest. We picked out three objects from a thrift store — a doll ($5), a thermos with the Marlboro logo ($5), and a wooden trinket ($1). We want you to perform creative alchemy, turning the junk into treasure by giving it a backstory. It can be in the form of a short story, poem, encyclopedia article, comic, essay. After that, over the last decade, Kerry Washington has become well-known for terrific performances in movies like The Last King of Scotland and Ray. She’s now the star of her own new network series, which even today is a rare feat for an African-American actress. Following that, New Orleans may be the birthplace of jazz, but for the last couple of decades its most influential music has been the city´s Dirty South rap scene. The woozy celebration of ghetto life that Lil´ Wayne calls ´´gangsta gumbo´´ blurs the line between reflecting violence and glamorizing it. No small thing in a city with a murder rate ten times the national average. Then, over a couple of decades, Isabel Toledo quietly became one of the most sought-after fashion designers in the business. But in 2009, she experienced overnight global exposure. At the inauguration that January, amid a sea of dark suits, First Lady Michelle Obama stood out in a chic chartreuse lace dress and matching overcoat designed by Toledo.And finally, Sergio Munoz was only seven 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120407/rt_stud_120407_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Supreme Court ruled on several landmark cases this week — not only the Affordable Healthcare Act, but also a challenge to Arizona´s controversial, and influential, immigration law. The court ruled that most, but not all, of the law was unconstitutional. It comes on the heels of President Obama’s announcement that his administration would not deport the 800,000 undocumented immigrants under 30 who arrived here as children. Next, the new movie Beasts of the Southern Wild is a Louisiana fairy tale with a six-year-old hero. Hushpuppy lives with her father in an isolated bayou netherworld they call the Bathtub, a tiny community of scavengers separated from the mainland by a levee. When a storm nearly washes the Bathtub away, Hushpuppy struggles to survive and to make sense of her perilous place in the universe.Then, just in time for Canada’s 145th birthday (July 1 is Canada Day, in case you forgot), Studio 360 gives our northern neighbor a brand makeover. For the last several weeks, we’ve been looking at the image challenge After that, Kurt Andersen and Jian Ghomeshi, the host of Q, the CBC´s daily arts and culture show go head to head in a cross-border cultural quiz. The North American showdown is the culmination to our month-long redesign project. While Studio 360 has been rebranding Canada, Q has been redesigning America.And finally, Canadian folk-rock musicians — Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Cowboy Junkies, k.d. lang, to name a few — have made it big south of the border while retaining something essentially Canadian in their music. Perhaps it’s a sense of longing born of Canada’s wide, empty spaces. [Broadcast Date: June 30, 2012] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120630/rt_stud_120630_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Our inauguration special: A review of Barack Obama´s arts legacy, how fashion goes from inside the beltway to the runway, and Game Change co-author John Heilemann talks about the cultural tastes of Donald Trump. [Broadcast Date: January 14, 2017] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/170114/rt_stud_170114_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this week´s special fashion episode, Kurt gets some style advice from the industry´s most quotable observer, Simon Doonan. We take a look at how World War II shaped New York Fashion Week. Plus, Isabel Toledo became an internationally recognized designer after dressing Michelle Obama for her first Inauguration - we take a peek inside her studio. [Broadcast Date: June 4, 2016] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/160604/rt_stud_160604_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
To celebrate Earth Day, Kurt Andersen looks at creative approaches to our environmental challenges. President Obama is still pushing on environmental issues even in the face of Congressional gridlock. We hear from scientists, engineers, and artists developing cutting-edge solutions that just might change their corners of the world entirely. [Broadcast Date: April 23, 2011] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/110423/rt_stud_110423_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him. Today The Autobiography of Malcolm X — a favorite of President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas alike — stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race. The Autobiography is also a Horatio Alger tale, following a man’s journey from poverty to crime to militancy to wisdom. Muslims look to Malcolm as a figure of tolerance; a tea party activist claims him for the Right; Public Enemy’s Chuck D tells us, ´´This book is like food. It ain’t McDonalds — it’s sit down at the table and say grace.” [Broadcast Date: August 27, 2011] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/110827/rt_stud_110827_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The legal scholar and former Obama administration advisor Cass Sunstein explains the hidden lessons Star Wars teaches about the law, politics, and philosophy. Plus, we find out about a theater company that´s perfectly happy playing to an audience of one - in fact, it´s designed that way. And the indie rocker Margaret Glaspy plays a live solo set. [Broadcast Date: July 2, 2016] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/160702/rt_stud_160702_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his life story nearly died with him. Today The Autobiography of Malcolm X — a favorite of President Obama and Justice Clarence Thomas alike — stands as a milestone in America´s struggle with race. The autobiography is also a Horatio Alger tale, following a man´s journey from poverty to crime to militancy to wisdom. Muslims look to Malcolm as a figure of tolerance; a tea party activist claims him for the political right; Public Enemy´s Chuck D tells us, ´´This book is like food. It ain´t McDonald´s — it´s sit down at the table and say grace´´. [Broadcast Date: January 30, 2016] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/160130/rt_stud_160130_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.