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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.


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Not My Job: Travel Guru Rick Steves Gets Quizzed On Steve Ricks

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Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
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Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
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Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.