Jenny Lawton

Senior Editor, WNYC Studios

Composer Philip Glass in 2002.

Why Philip Glass was still driving a cab in his 30s

Philip Glass went from taxi driver to star composer overnight.

Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

A still from “Finding Nemo.”

Aha Moment: How ‘Finding Nemo’ changed my life

Aha Moments
Niki Russ Federman at Russ & Daughters.

Aha Moment: John Zorn with a schmear

Aha Moments
Cast members of the play "Memphis" at the 64th annual Tony Awards.

How to build the perfect musical

Arts, Culture & Media
Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein on the rise and fall of the best band ever


The “Portlandia” star and rocker discusses her artistic trajectory with Sleater-Kinney.

Robert Lopez performs in studio in 2011.

Robert Lopez, hit machine


How do you write a hit musical number? And then do it again? And again?

Shops, offices and apartments on Market Street in Celebration, Florida.

The town that Disney built

Plenty of people move to the small town of Celebration, Florida, to live the Disney dream 24/7. But it’s not all fantasy.

Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen’s sunshine noir


Carl Hiaasen has called Florida “the poster child of nationwide dysfunction,” but his campaign to tarnish the sunshine-state mystique has never quite worked.

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang, ambassador from the land of comics

It might seem like a historical footnote, but China’s Boxer Rebellion is as strange and tragic as anything in fiction.