Studio 360

2:00 pm

Where but in Studio 360 can you hear Emily Dickinson sung to the tune of "Gilligan's Island"? Studio 360 is the place where a Freudian shrink can analyze a videogame about bunnies, a home improvement guru can rhapsodize about sheetrock, UN translators sing birdsongs, indie rockers sing gospel, a Hasidic Jew sings Bob Marley, and a surfer delivers the entire plot of Moby Dick in two minutes flat.

In Studio 360, Kurt Andersen -- novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary Spy magazine - is our guide to what's happening in the culture. Dolly Parton tells Kurt why she modeled her look after the "town tramp." Jack Handey offers deep thoughts about how to make your skeleton scarier. Tori Amos explains how she made the piano cool for a generation of young women, and Zadie Smith shares her love of dead white English writers.


After 10 Years Of Bella And Edward, 'Twilight Reimagined' Brings A Twist

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Stephenie Meyer about the appeal her Twilight books and her new novel, which reassigns the genders of the original characters.

New Dietary Guidelines Will Not Include Sustainability Goal

A government-appointed panel wanted the federal government's 2015 nutrition advice to consider a food's environmental impact. But the cabinet secretaries with final authority say it won't happen.
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Concerns Over Russia's Growing Military Presence In Syria

Russia is sending what it calls "volunteer" troops to Syria, and its airstrikes have targeted CIA-backed rebels. We look at Russia's support of the Assad regime and escalating concerns over a possible U.S.-Russia proxy war in Syria.

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Searching For Solutions To World Water Scarcity

Experts are increasingly sounding the alarm about water shortages around the world. But, they say, there is room for hope. A conversation about the search for solutions to global water scarcity.