Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen appears in the following:

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.

Comments [56]

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.

→  Listen, Read a Recap and Join the Conversation at It's a Free Country.

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.

Read More

Comments [5]

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.

Read More


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?

Comments [20]

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.

Comments [1]

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.”


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? 

Comments [6]

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.

Comments [2]

"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.

Read More

Comments [3]

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen: Martha Plimpton, Josh Ritter and Junot Diaz

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Kurt Andersen discusses age, youth, maturity, and when personal feelings about being "grown-up" change.


The Greene Space

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen: Live with Josh Ritter, Junot Diaz and Martha Plimpton

Thursday, May 6, 2010

7:00 PM

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.

The Greene Space

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen: Live from The Greene Space

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

7:00 PM

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.

360 Staff Pick: Honor Still Lost

Thursday, October 29, 2009

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.

Read More


Let's Take A Ride

Friday, September 04, 2009

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?

Read More

Comments [2]


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

According to Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen the economic crisis might have an upside. His latest book is called Reset.

Studio 360 airs on WNYC Saturday at 10am on 93.9 FM and Sunday at 7pm on AM 820.

Event: Kurt Andersen will be in conversation with ...

Comments [9]

From Stonewall to Gay Marriage

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Stonewall witnesses/participants, Danny Garvin and Tommy Lanigan Schmidt, and historian David Carter will recount the events surrounding the Stonewall rebellion.

Kurt Andersen, host of PRI and WNYC’s Studio 360, and Mark Randall, principal of Worldstudio, a marketing and design agency, will talk about Studio 360’s gay ...

Comments [32]

Could Los Angeles save Detroit?

Friday, April 24, 2009

The news is full of Detroit's woes. Chrysler is drawing up bankruptcy papers, GM is shuttering its plants for nine weeks, and just this morning Ford posted a $1.4 billion first quarter loss. Some critics blame the U.S. auto industry's current problems on the ghosts of cars past. Boring design led to weak car sales that led to the financial crisis. So how should Detroit plan for the future?

This week the arts and culture radio program Studio 360 visits Los Angeles to look at the kind of innovative ideas about car design coming out of that city. Host Kurt Andersen spoke with hot rodders, low riders, and car designers freed from the constrictions of working inside the Detroit system to see where the American car industry could be. He also took a ride in an electric car on three wheels that's straight out of The Jetsons. He joins The Takeaway with an account of what he learned about the future of cars.


Leaving Los Angeles

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My time in Los Angeles is coming to an end. I will miss the phantasmagorically perfect weather, the hiking trails (with coyotes!) 5 minutes from my house, the focused and talented students (and faculty) of Art Center, and all the interesting strangers who tend to be, I think, more gratifyingly...open than your typical New Yorker. But it'll also be good to get back to a place where urban life teems just outside one's front door, where I don't have to drive everywhere, and where the city (physically as well as culturally and intellectually) is more coherent, more truly (or at least obviously) a city.

Read More

Comments [1]