David Krasnow

David Krasnow is the Senior Editor of Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, working with Kurt, the producers, and contributing reporters to set the editorial direction and tone of the show. He oversees the program's award-winning American Icons and Science & Creativity series.  He began filing stories as a freelance producer for Studio 360 in 2001, and joined the staff in 2003.  Among his stories are features on Andy Warhol’s soup cans, “John Henry,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner,” and Bill Frisell on Buster Keaton. Formerly the reviews editor of Artforum, he has written for the Village Voice, Jazz Times, Metropolis, The New York Observer, and The Wire, and remains a contributing editor for Bomb.  He covered music, design, science, land use, and health care as a print editor.  David teaches radio writing at Mediabistro and has discussed cultural journalism and pitching features at the Public Radio Program Directors conference, Third Coast International Audio Festival, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Transom Story Workshop, the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies.  He was first on air at 17 on his college station, WESU-Middletown, Conn.

David Krasnow appears in the following:

American Icons: The Lincoln Memorial

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Lincoln Memorial is now one of the most treasured landmarks of Washington, D.C. But for decades people fought over every aspect of it — and even whether it should be built at all.

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American Icons: Native Son

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The story of a young man in the ghetto who turns to murder was an overnight sensation. But some think "Native Son" exploited the worst stereotypes of black youth. 


Terry Riley, a Founder of Minimalism, Turns 80

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Terry Riley helped kick off the genre known as minimalism with “In C,” a piece that was so unusual, no one quite knew what to make of it.

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Trenton Doyle Hancock’s Universe of Weirdness

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In Trenton Doyle Hancock’s irreverent art, he creates his own sci-fi world where vegans are the villains and color is a weapon. 


Kelly Link, Queen of Realistic Fantasy

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In a typical Kelly Link short story, everything seems perfectly realistic — until the ghosts, wizards, and vampires show up.


John Henry

Thursday, February 19, 2015

John Henry wins a race against the machine that threatens to take his job, but then he dies of exhaustion. Some victory.

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"Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

More than any other novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” helped promote the abolitionist cause. So how did “Uncle Tom” become a name for someone who betrays his race?

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Redesign Challenge: Bring Joy to the Everyday

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lots of experiences are worse than they have to be — what place or thing would you redesign to make it more joyful?

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Tracy K. Smith: Life on Mars

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet found inspiration in the sci-fi visions of David Bowie.


Want to Be Creative? Try Getting Bored

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We’ve banished boredom with our phones. Recent research suggests that we might be banishing our creativity along with it.

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Who is "Charlie Hebdo"?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

After gunmen killed 12 at a French satirical magazine, the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik explains the importance of “Charlie Hebdo.”

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Aleksandar Hemon: The Accordion

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sarajevo native Aleksandar Hemon reimagines the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, where one of his relatives was standing on the sidelines holding his new accordion.


This Artist Makes Some of Her Best Work in the Airplane Bathroom

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Artist Nina Katchadourian flies a lot, and hates to kill time. So she uses that time productively, making hundreds of photographs for the series "Seat Assignment."
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American Icons: The Disney Parks

Friday, November 28, 2014

Walt Disney didn't just want a theme park — he wanted to create a scale model of a uniquely American utopia. 

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The Flame Alphabet

Friday, September 12, 2014

William S. Burroughs famously said that “language is a virus.” In his novel The Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus imagines what would happen if children’s language made their parents sick.


Our Computers, Our Viruses, Our Selves

Friday, September 12, 2014

We’ve been living with computer viruses since the earliest networks. But how similar are they to biological ones?


Aleksandar Hemon: The Accordion

Friday, June 27, 2014

Novelist Aleksandar Hemon, a native of Sarajevo, reimagines the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand through the lens of family history: one of his relatives was watching the motorcade, standing on the sidelines holding his new accordion.


An Artist Who Sails Her Work

Friday, May 23, 2014

The artist Swoon broke through in the crowded street art scene with her beautifully detailed portraits of ordinary people. Then she took a left turn: building rafts and sailing them down rivers and even across a sea. For Swoon, it’s all about a creative response to climate change.

Slideshow: The Art of Swoon


Alex Timbers On 'Rocky,' 'Here Lies Love' And 'Up Here'; Jessica Lea Mayfield Plays Live

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In this episode: Alex Timbers, director of Rocky: The Musical, discusses the challenges of bringing a beloved sports movie to the stage -- plus, we hear about his other projects, like David Byrne's disco musical Here Lies Love and his upcoming project with Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Then: On her latest album, Make My Head Sing, Jessica Lea Mayfield eschews her established country-flavored songs and unleashes a sharp-edged and noisy grunge sound. Hear the Ohio native perform her new songs in the Soundcheck studio.

And: For its latest “extra credit” challenge, Studio 360 wants you to record a version of W.C. Handy’s 100-year-old song “Yellow Dog Blues.” Producer David Krasnow talks about “the father of the blues,” his influential song, and how you can participate in “The 1914 Blues Challenge.”


American Icons: Untitled Film Stills

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cindy Sherman launched her career by placing herself in photos that look like movie stills for imaginary movies. With Untitled Film Stills, she also created some of the most recognizable images in 20th century art — and maybe even invented the selfie.

Slideshow: Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills

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