Join host Kurt Andersen for this live taping of Studio 360 featuring the writer Elizabeth Wurtzel (Prozac Nation), comedian Eugene Mirman and Brooklyn band Tune-Yards.
From the beginning it was like fiction. The world’s most famous skyscrapers vaporized by two hijacked airliners. The phrase you heard over and over again was: "it seemed just like a movie." Yes, but the implausible opening sequence of a bad action movie — spectacular destruction orchestrated by a rich, ...
Back in 1987 he was flirting with the idea of running for president and saying, 'Of course, if I ran, I'd win.' And this is in the 1988 election, almost a quarter-century ago. Just as he's been bankrupt many times, Trump has flirted with running for president many times...If he dropped out, what would his excuse be? The boy can cry wolf only so many times.
— Kurt Andersen, host of WNYC's Studio 360 and founder and former editor-in-chief of Spy magazine, on The Brian Lehrer Show.
The Book of Mormon is straight-up brilliant, by far the best new musical of the 21st century.
My last novel, Heyday, opens in 1848. When I wrote the book, I was struck by the resonance between the 1840s and the 2000s in America — the go-go economy, all the new technological marvels, the birth of marketing and youth culture... But these last two months, as the democratic protests and rebellions broke out and spread across North Africa and Egypt, I found myself once again gobsmacked by the historical parallels: the 2011 revolutions bear a lot of uncanny resemblances to the 1848 revolutions.
Where does creativity come from? Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, joins its founding producer Julie Burstein to talk about her new book, culled from the archives of the series: Spark: How Creativity Works (Harper, 2011)
Call in or leave your comment below! How do you find your creative spark? Is it more like going to work, or more like thinking and dreaming? And are you driven to create more by the beautiful, the terrible or the ordinary?
What makes us creative? What can make us more creative? And where do truly creative people find their inspiration? These are questions that Kurt Andersen and Julie Burstein have been asking for over a decade on PRI’s arts and culture program Studio 360. Kurt is the host of the show. Julie is its former executive producer. And this week, a new book penned by Julie, with a forward by Kurt, hits stores. It’s called “Spark: How Creativity Works,” and it features insights from some of the greatest creative minds of our time, including Chuck Close, Yo Yo Ma, Rosanne Cash, Kevin Bacon, and Joyce Carol Oates.
Like the rest of the twitterati, the novelist Walter Kirn quickly tried to make sense of the Arizona shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others.
As events unfolded, Kirn’s tweets stood out. By Sunday night, Kirn realized the uncanny similarities alleged shooter Jarred Loughner shared with Kent Selkirk, the socially-inept-loner-on-the-internet protagonist of Kirn’s novel, The Unbinding.
“It was a sense of recognition,” Kirn told Studio 360's Kurt Andersen. “The forces that created this Loughner may be spawning more of him.”
Does the universe have ten dimensions, as superstring theory proposes, or eleven, as M-theory holds? Comedian Reggie Watts and astrophysicist Janna Levin settle it once and for all; Kurt Andersen referees. Join us for a live performance and geeked-out conversation.
What if, ten years ago this Sunday, the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore had gone another way? If the court had found the methods of recounting ballots to be fair; and instead of George W. Bush, then Vice-President Al Gore won Florida's recount, and thus the 2000 presidential election? How different would our world look today? Would it look different at all?
The Star-Spangled Banner is nearly as old as America itself. But how much do most Americans really know about the time-honored traditional song? The lyrics come from a poem dating back to 1814 and the music from an old British drinking song. The song wasn't officially chosen as the national anthem until 1931. Since then, some have criticized the choice, saying the lyrics are too hard to learn and the notes too high to hit.
Kurt Andersen discusses age, youth, maturity, and when personal feelings about being "grown-up" change.
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, novelist Junot Díaz and actor Martha Plimpton join host Kurt Andersen for an evening of music and storytelling in this special live edition of Studio 360.
Studio 360 will take you where no audience has gone before: traveling through time. In this live show hosted by Kurt Andersen, scientists and artists explain why time travel is more than an idle fantasy. And musical sensation Janelle Monae embodies an android with a heart of gold.
When I first read this 1974 novel, set in West Germany around the time of the Red Army Faction, it seemed very foreign to me in every sense. A serious terrorist threat? Law enforcement overreach to deal with it? Powerful, sensationalist right-wing media whipping up the panic? Well, times have changed, and the resonances today are different for American readers. I discovered as much earlier this year, when Penguin asked me to write an introduction for this new paperback edition.
They Might Be Giants is just about my favorite working band, and not just because they're also the only band -- apart from the Byrds, many many years ago -- with whom I've actually worked a show onstage and back stage. TMBG are smart and good and nice and funny. And live in Brooklyn. Really: what more could one want?
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