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Kurt Andersen

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Remembering Christopher Hitchens

Friday, December 16, 2011

Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, remains with us to remember his Vanity Fair colleague Christopher Hitchens. Call in with how you remember the intellectual, or start posting in the comments below. What's your favorite Hitchens piece, quote, or story?

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The More Technology Changes...

Friday, December 16, 2011

In the current issue of Vanity FairKurt Andersenhost of Studio 360, asks why styles in clothing and music have stopped evolving despite rapid technological innovations.

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360 Staff Pick: 101 Things to Learn in Art School

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Since Kit White and I met when I was a freshman in college, I've just realized that means we've been friends for two-thirds of our lives. He is pretty much the same person he was then: philosophically serious but funny and fun, learned, lucid, wise, and a painter ...

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Apple, Steve Jobs, and Me

Thursday, October 06, 2011

I started writing on a computer in the early 1980s when I worked at Time magazine. The several of us younger writers, including Walter Isaacson, who were eager to abandon typewriters had to go to use special non-PC consoles in a special little room. There were no PCs, no on-screen icons, ...

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Returning Home on September 11, 2001

Friday, September 09, 2011

On the morning of September 11, I was in midtown Manhattan, so I walked south – downtown.  There I encountered the wave of refugees walking north, people still wearing white breathing masks, people in suits covered head to toe in dust and soot. And finally, after an eight mile hike, I arrived home to my wife and kids Brooklyn, where our little backyard ...

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How Creativity Works

Monday, May 30, 2011

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)

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?

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The Greene Space

Studio 360 Live with Elizabeth Wurtzel, Eugene Mirman & Tune-Yards

Monday, May 23, 2011

7:00 PM

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. 

Osama bin Laden's Hollywood Ending

Friday, May 06, 2011

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, ...

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Redesigning Monopoly

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Kurt Andersen, host of PRI's Studio 360, stops by to discuss his show's listener contest to redesign the game Monopoly for the 21st century.

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Covering Trump’s Long Flirtation with the Oval Office

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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.

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Kurt Andersen On Donald Trump

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kurt Andersen, host of WNYC's Studio 360 and founder and former editor-in-chief of Spy magazine, discusses the ups and downs of Donald Trump -- and of covering Donald Trump over the years.

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The Book of Mormon Saves Broadway

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The Book of Mormon is straight-up brilliant, by far the best new musical of the 21st century.

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Revolutionary Redux: 1848 and 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

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.

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How Creativity Works

Friday, March 04, 2011

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?

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Where Does Creativity Come From?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

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.

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Novelist’s Loner Protagonist is All Too Real in Tucson

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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.”

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The Greene Space

Studio 360 Live: Our Universe Goes Up to 11

Monday, December 13, 2010

7:00 PM

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.

Ten Years After Bush v. Gore, Imagining a Different Outcome

Friday, December 10, 2010

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? 

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Redesigning The National Anthem

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

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.

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"Painter of Light" Goes Bust

Monday, June 07, 2010

When I came across the work of the painter Thomas Kinkade, almost a decade ago, I was fascinated and appalled. As you know if you listen to the show, I'm really not a snob -- I loved The Hangover, for instance, and don't really get opera.

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