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Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is a writer and the host and co-creator of Studio 360 (and of the new occasional radio variety show Kings County).

His latest novel True Believers, according to Jon Robin Baitz's review in Vanity Fair, "is beautifully drawn," "a great American novel." The Washington Post calls it "a big, swinging novel...full of witty insights" with "plenty to keep us entertained," and The San Francisco Chronicle considers it "fiendishly smart, insightful and joyously loopy." Booklist says it's "an ambitious and remarkable novel, wonderfully voiced" with "spellbinding suspense, and according to The Winnipeg Free Press its "genre grafting" is "an unmitigated success."

His previous novel, Heyday, a New York Times bestseller, won the 2008 Langum Prize for the year's best work of American historical fiction. His earlier novel, Turn of the Century, was a national bestseller that Times reviewers called "wickedly satirical," "outrageously funny" and "the most un-clichéd novel imaginable," and that The Wall Street Journal called a "smart, funny and excruciatingly deft portrait of our age."

He is also the author of Reset, a book-length essay about the history and consequences of the 2008-09 financial crisis and recession, and of The Real Thing, a book of humorous essays. He has written and produced prime-time network television programs and pilots for NBC, ABC, and HBO, and co-authored Loose Lips, an off-Broadway theatrical revue that had long runs in New York and Los Angeles.

He is a regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Times, New York and Time.

Andersen began his career in journalism at NBC's Today program and at Time, where he was an award-winning writer on politics and criminal justice and for eight years the magazine's architecture and design critic. Returning to Time in 1993 as editor-at-large, he wrote a weekly column on culture. From 1996 through 1999 he was a staff writer and columnist ("The Culture Industry") for The New Yorker, and from 2004 through 2009 wrote a column ("The Imperial City") for New York.

He was also a co-founder of Inside.com and Very Short List, editorial director of Colors magazine, and editor-in-chief of both New York and Spy magazines, the latter of which he co-founded.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and is a member of the boards of trustees of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Pratt Institute. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

Web site: http://www.kurtandersen.com/

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/kurtandersenbooks

Twitter:  @kbandersen

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Kurt Andersen appears in the following:

So Long, Colbert. It Was Nerve-Wracking Fun to Join You.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Stephen Colbert has officially laid his blowhard character to rest. Brian, Kurt Andersen and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian—all former Report guests—discuss the show's impact.

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Kurt Andersen: Growing up with Mike Nichols

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kurt Andersen remembers growing up with Nichols and May and The Graduate and finally meeting legendary director Mike Nichols as an adult.
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25 Years in 25 Days (1989): Don't Have a Cow

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show looks back on 1989 and the first broadcast of The Simpsons with Kurt Andersen.

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Carla Bruni: A Chanteuse Of 'Little French Songs'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Soundcheck guest host Kurt Andersen talks with the former First Lady of France about her fourth album, Little French Songs, released earlier this year -- and she performs a bilingual live set in the studio. 

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How Modernity Began 100 Years Ago

Monday, June 30, 2014

The year 1914 is most often associated with the start of World War I, but it was also a year of incredible social and artistic change. Animation was invented, blues music went mainstream, Charlie Chaplin defined the golden age of silent films - and culture was changed forever. 

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Studio 360's 1914 Blues Challenge: Listener Submissions

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer sits with Studio 360's Kurt Andersen and Marc Anthony Thompson (a.k.a. Chocolate Genius) to listen to listener-recorded covers of "Yellow Dog Blues" as part of the "1914 Blues Challenge."

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Reggie Watts Plays Live; Studio 360's Blues Challenge; Maya Angelou Remembered

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In this episode: Comedian, actor, and one-man band Reggie Watts joins us to talk about the new season of the IFC talk show Comedy Bang! Bang! Plus, hear him rigs up his loop pedals and mics for an impromptu set in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: Our friends at Studio 360 recently launched the “1914 Blues Challenge” which for the past few weeks, asked listeners to record a 100-year-old W.C. Handy classic, “Yellow Dog Blues.” Host Kurt Andersen and the contest’s judge, musician Chocolate Genius, join Soundcheck to review some of the submissions they’ve received so far.

And: Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on the life and legacy of poet and civil rights icon Maya Angelou, who died yesterday at age 86.

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Extra Credit: A Gaggle of Plurals

Friday, April 04, 2014

We know all about schools of fish and gaggles of geese. Now Kurt Andersen wants you to create new collective nouns for curious groups of humans: including hipsters, critics, and venture capitalists.

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The Greene Space

TV's Antiheroes: A Conversation with David Chase and Steve Buscemi

Monday, March 3, 2014

7:00 PM

Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen sits down with David Chase and Steve Buscemi — creators of some of the most wickedly appealing characters in recent memory — to explore the rise of the antihero on TV.

And the Oscar for Worst Award Show Goes To...

Sunday, March 02, 2014

We ended up again with awards that were all expected, except Best Picture -- we were betting on Gravity, as it seemed to have all the perfect elements for the top Academy Award: action, suspense, accessibility, emotion and uplift.

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Help Scare Kurt Andersen

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kurt Andersen, writer and host of Studio 360, talks about the show's scary movie contest, plus their Oscars bingo game for Sunday's awards ceremony.

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Studio 360: Inside 3D Printing with MakerBot's Bre Pettis

Monday, December 23, 2013

Before they threw a 3D printing party in The Greene Space, Studio 360's Kurt Andersen visited MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis in their downtown Manhattan store to get a closer look at the game-changing technology.

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On-Demand Video: Science Fair - Studio 360's 3D Printing Party

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Believe the hype: 3D printing is a game changer. From art to auto parts, prosthetic limbs to food to firearms, this rapidly developing, disruptive technology is bringing the future to us now.

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The Greene Space

Science Fair: Studio 360 in 3D

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

7:00 PM

Bre Pettis, founder of the innovative Brooklyn-based 3D printer company MakerBot and Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen host a festive show-and-tell with participants in our Holiday Ornament Challenge. Watch a live video webcast!

Library Award Finalists

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Nominations for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards topped 4,300, now find out the 10 finalists. Julie Sandorf, president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, is joined by contest judges Fatima Shama, NYC Immigrant Affairs commissioner, and Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, to announce the finalists and discuss the judging process and the prizes.

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Battle Of The High School Bands

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Guest host Kurt Andersen speaks with Andrew W.K., Ben Folds, and two high school rockers about Studio 360's "Battle of the High School Bands" listener challenge.

 

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Guest Host Kurt Andersen (of ‘Studio 360’) Referees A Battle Of The High School Bands; Carla Bruni Plays 'Little French Songs'

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In this episode: Soundcheck guest host Kurt Andersen (host of Studio 360) talks high school rockers, as part of Studio 360’s ongoing Battle of the High School Bands. One of the contest judges, musician Andrew W.K., reviews recordings submitted by high school bands -- both recent and not so recent. And, Kurt talks with members of two currently active high school bands, Fly Baby and The Sectionals — and we hear from singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds about his high school band.

Plus: We hear a live performance from Carla Bruni. The singer, model, and former first lady of France joins us to perform in our studio. 

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New Rite of Spring From 'Studio 360'

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Spring is officially here, but for one of our sister programs at WNYC, the season started a little early this year. Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen recently embarked on a listener challenge called “Remixing Spring.” Before the show announces the winner this weekend, Andersen joins Soundcheck in the studio to name his short list of entries.

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Producer Joe Boyd On Nick Drake; Broadway’s 'Cinderella' In Studio; Remixing Spring with Kurt Andersen

Thursday, April 04, 2013

In this episode: More than forty years ago, the record producer Joe Boyd helped turn the songs of the late English musician Nick Drake into musical masterpieces. Now, he’s releasing a tribute album to the songwriter, Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.

Plus: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version of Cinderella is playing on Broadway for the first time. We’re joined by Cinderella and the Prince (Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, respectively) and music supervisor David Chase for a live performance that will air before midnight.

And: Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen recently embarked on a listener challenge called “Remixing Spring.” Before the show announces the contest winner this weekend, Kurt joins us to share a shortlist of entries.

    Faking It: The Matrix

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, at the Metropolitan Museum, contains hundreds of strange and fascinating pictures, all of them altered in different ways. Wandering through the show, Kurt Andersen realized that each image could be plotted along two axes ...

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