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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.
June 2nd, 2015
Episode 59 of 167 episodes
Since mid-December, I havebeen taking photos of public radio personalities, producers and strangers on the street wearing a hat that that makes an obviously false claim: “I AM LAKSHMI SINGH." At a live event last week, NPR newscaster and personal heroLakshmi Singhfinally wore the hat, admitting the meme was exactly her kind of crazy. By the end of the event, audience members departed with their own Lakshmi Singh hats, doubling the meme's half-life. The so-called "#lakshmeme," a tribute to the newscaster who inspired meto pursue a career in public radio, has amassed hundreds of portraits, posted and shared onInstagram,Twitter, andTumblr. It even landed on the front page ofCurrent, public media's trade publication. The meme drew to its satisfying, crazy conclusion - a public radio spelling bee and piñatas were involved -live in The Greene Space on May 26 when Lakshmi talked about her career in public radio and discussed the importance of diverse voices, names, and faces in media. Wewere joined bycurrentThis American Lifeand formerSnap JudgmentproducerStephanie Fooand"The Whiteness Of Public Radio Voice”author and Clemson University communications professorChenjerai Kumanyika. THE LAKSHMI SINGHERS PERFORM "TUESDAY" THE LAKSHMI SINGHERS PERFORM "OLD RADIOS" THE FIRST ANNUAL PUBLIC RADIO SPELLING BEE: WATCH THE ENTIRE EVENT: