Kurt Andersen

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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. 


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.


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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    Adele, Meet James Bond

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film and the franchise is being celebrated with a DVD box set, a documentary, a film festival at the Museum of Modern Art, and most importantly, a new movie, Skyfall. Naturally, no new Bond movie would be complete without a new James Bond song for the opening credits. And this time around its by the British superstar Adele. How does it hold up compared to past Bond songs?

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    Gore Vidal: Fighting Words

    Wednesday, August 01, 2012

    My first experiences of Gore Vidal were not his writing, but as a pop cultural performer playing himself on television. When I was a little kid, he was a regular on late-night talk shows, chatting with Johnny Carson and then Dick Cavett about '60s politics and culture and ...

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    Kurt Andersen on True Believers

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, discusses his new novel, True Believers. The story alternates between the present and the 1960s—and captures the enduring impact of the social upheaval of that time on the ways we live now. The narrator, Karen Hollander, is a successful attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court because of a 1968 episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than forty years. She’s about to make that secret public—but first she has to track down the answers to some crucial last questions.

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    From the 60s to the Supreme Court with Kurt Andersen

    Friday, July 06, 2012

    Kurt Andersen is a man of many talents. In addition to hosting Studio 360, Andersen just published a new novel, "True Believers." What does the new novel, based mostly in the 1960s, say about change in the United States?

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    Dylan, Hendrix, Lennon: The True Believers Soundtrack

    Thursday, July 05, 2012

    I have a new novel coming out next week, True Believers, that isn't easy to pigeonhole. So I'll defer to the novelist Scott Turow, who describes it as "one part bildungsroman, one part political thriller and one part contemplation on age." The part that's a bildungsroman is the story of my ...

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    Kings County

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen talks about his new Brooklyn-centric take on the variety show, Kings County, and helps with a listener quiz. Think you know Brooklyn? Call 212-433-9692 and test your Kings County bona fides!

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    Rebranding Teachers

    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Deroy Peraza, principal and creative director at Hyperakt, and Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, talk about working together to rebrand teachers.

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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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