Friday, May 27, 2011
The writer and producer David Simon (best known for his hit series The Wire) talks New Orleans with Kurt Andersen. Simon’s HBO drama Treme is in its second season. Kermit Ruffins, who plays the trumpet and plays himself on Treme, shows us around his neighborhood. And folk rock songstress Rickie ...
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
$500,000 with absolutely no-strings-attached. The dreamiest fellowship of them all. It's that time of year and the MacArthur Foundation has announced its list of fellows. We noticed among the list of 'geniuses' a few past Studio 360 guests. Last spring Kurt Andersen spoke to David Simon, the creator of The Wire and Treme on HBO and last summer we were treated to a live in-studio performance from the jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran. Way back in 2001, Kurt had a conversation with installation artist Jorge Pardo.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Troy Andrews earned his nickname at a jazz funeral. Only four years old at the time, Andrews was parading with a trombone almost twice his size – his older brother spotted him and shouted "Trombone Shorty!"
A couple feet taller and twenty years older, Shorty still hasn't outgrown ...
Friday, April 16, 2010
David Simon and Eric Overmyer on their new HBO show, "Treme." It's about people getting their lives back together in post-Katrina New Orleans. In the face of rising sea levels, urban designers imagine radical plans for coastal cities. And two young Iranian musicians talk about the joys and risks of the underground music scene in Tehran.