$500,000 with absolutely no-strings-attached. The dreamiest fellowship of them all. It's that time of year and theMacArthur Foundationhas announced its list of fellows. We noticed among the list of 'geniuses' a few past Studio 360 guests. Last spring Kurt Andersen spoke toDavid Simon, the creator of The Wire and Treme on HBO and last summer we were treated to a live in-studio performance from the jazz pianist and composerJason Moran. Way back in 2001, Kurt had a conversation with installation artistJorge Pardo.

The MacArthur Foundation chose 23 recipients across art, science, and the humanities: from a high school physics teacher to a fiction writer.

Hear what all these MacArthur fellows had to say about receiving their grants here.

And check out their Studio 360 segments below.

Jorge Pardo

David Simon

Jason Moran

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