David Krasnow

Executive Producer, The New Yorker Radio Hour

David Krasnow appears in the following:

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 recogniza...

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American Icons: The Scarlet Letter

Friday, May 16, 2014

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel about forbidden love among the Puritans captured our admiration for independence — and our craving for scandal. How much has changed in the 150 years since...

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American Icons: Anything Goes

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cole Porter was out of the musical theater game during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of bad...

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A Century of Blues

Friday, May 09, 2014

W.C. Handy was the first to publish a body of songs identified as blues, based on lyrics and melodies from black Southern culture, that became known throughout America. Two of his big...


Lois Lowry: The End of The Giver

Friday, April 25, 2014

Lois Lowry’s The Giver is one of the most celebrated children’s books of our era, and one of the most banned. In the Community, where everything seems just about perfect — no hunge...


Live In-Studio: Vijay Iyer, Jazz’s Incredible Hulk

Friday, April 18, 2014

The pianist and MacArthur genius Vijay Iyer is one of the great living jazz musicians, although a lot of his music isn't what you'd recognize as jazz. In addition to leading a trio a...

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American Icons: I Love Lucy

Friday, March 28, 2014

It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy's weekly antics and humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy: from Desperate Housewives to 30 Rock — writers can’t live without Lucy....

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Laura Cantrell Sings Kitty Wells

Friday, February 21, 2014

When she died in 2012 at age 92, Kitty Wells was the oldest living member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her music can still surprise unsuspecting listeners.  Video: Laura Cantr...

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Live In-Studio: Neneh Cherry’s Soul Punk Project

Friday, February 07, 2014

Neneh Cherry has floated between underground acclaim and pop stardom. She has the life of a musical Zelig: raised by jazz great Don Cherry among cultural luminaries like Allen Ginsber...

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Beyond Koyaanisqatsi: A New Film from Godfrey Reggio

Friday, January 31, 2014

Godfrey Reggio’s films “are like a cat that barks. They’re unusual, the names of the films are off the wall,” he tells Kurt Andersen. Most people know Reggio for the 1982 film Koyaa...

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Exclusive Videos: Neneh Cherry Is Back

Monday, January 13, 2014

Neneh Cherry has floated between underground acclaim and pop stardom. She’s gone decades without releasing an album, but when she does, it matters. But Blank Project (coming in Feb...
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Jesmyn Ward: Waiting for Katrina

Friday, January 03, 2014

Jesmyn Ward was an unknown novelist when her second book, Salvage the Bones, won the National Book Award in 2011. She’s recently written a memoir called The Men We Reaped that ended u...


Aha Moment: The Dream Syndicate

Friday, January 03, 2014

For 20 years, Sam Coomes has led the band Quasi along with the drummer Janet Weiss, carrying the torch for a punk music that’s relevant, funny, and hard-hitting well into middle age....


American Icons: The Scarlet Letter

Friday, November 01, 2013

One of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ancestors was a judge in the Salem witch trials. In his novel of early America, Hawthorne explores the tension between our deeply ingrained Puritanism and...

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American Icons: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Friday, October 25, 2013

Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin to promote the abolitionist cause. So how did Uncle Tom become the byword for a race traitor — a “shuffling, kowtowing, sniveling coward”...

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American Icons: The Disney Parks

Friday, October 18, 2013

Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. We’ll tour Disneyland with its art director, a second-generation Imagineer, who explains why even the...

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American Icons: Untitled Film Stills

Friday, October 11, 2013

In the 1980s, Cindy Sherman began taking self-portraits that showed her in costumes and scenarios that looked just like movie stills, although they were her own inventions. In a media...

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American Icons: Leaves of Grass

Friday, September 27, 2013

Walt Whitman set out to invent a radically new form of poetry for a new nation. His book was first viewed as bizarre and obscene — one reviewer said that the author should be publicly...

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American Icons: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ken Kesey had worked in a mental hospital, but his first novel was really a parable of what happens when you stand up to the Man — a counterculture fable that doesn’t end well.

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