David Krasnow

Executive Producer, The New Yorker Radio Hour

David oversees The New Yorker Radio Hour for WNYC Studios…

He was for many years the senior editor of Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, where he directed the Peabody Award-winning series “American Icons.” Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he has previously worked as a music critic, magazine editor, and pizza cook.

David Krasnow appears in the following:

Rachel Held Evans and Her Legacy

Friday, November 05, 2021

The late author of Christian best-sellers gave voice to a movement of former evangelicals disaffected by social and political conservatism. Will her message outlive her?

American Icons: "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"

Monday, February 22, 2021

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him. Today it stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race.

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Keeping Released Prisoners Safe and Sane

Friday, June 26, 2020

In some counties, prisons are the largest providers of mental-health care. What happens when their inmates, who are also their patients, are suddenly released?

Robin Wright on the Eruption of Violence in Iran

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Hundreds are dead following a government crackdown on protests. Wright describes how U.S. sanctions are squeezing Iran just as some of its regional allies are turning against it.

With FoxConn, Wisconsin Bought Jobs at an Astronomical Cost

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Taiwanese electronics giant building a plant in Wisconsin should have been a great deal for American workers. Instead, they’ll be paying for decades.   

Angélique Kidjo and David Byrne on “Remain in Light”

Friday, June 01, 2018

Talking Heads’ sui-generis masterpiece has been re-created by Angélique Kidjo, who brings the music back to its African roots.  

American Icons: Native Son

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The story of a young man in the ghetto who turns to murder was an overnight sensation. But some think "Native Son" exploited the worst stereotypes of black youth.

American Icons: I Love Lucy

Thursday, June 01, 2017

It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy's weekly antics and humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy: from “Desperate Housewives” to “30 Rock,” writers can’t live without Lucy.

American Icons: Superman

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Kurt Andersen goes up, up and away with Superman and finds out why "The Man of Steel" remains as popular and elusive as ever.

American Icons: Monticello

Thursday, March 09, 2017

This is the home of America’s aspirations and its deepest contradictions.

Gary Marcus: Enhancing Creativity

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Musicians are famous for their wild and often intoxicated lifestyles, but does a lack of inhibition in the brain actually make you a better musician?

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The Flame Alphabet

Thursday, September 08, 2016

In his novel “The Flame Alphabet,” Ben Marcus imagines what would happen if children’s speech made their parents sick.

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Our Computers, Our Viruses, Our Selves

Thursday, September 08, 2016

We’ve been living with computer viruses since the earliest networks. But how similar are they to biological ones?

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Missed Connections for A-Holes

Friday, August 26, 2016

These are missed connections you’ll be glad you missed.  

Lois Lowry: The End of 'The Giver'

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” was one of the first dystopian YA novels — and one of the most banned. 

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American Icons: The Disney Parks

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stories from inside the oddly touching, sometimes creepy, deeply American utopia that Walt Disney created.

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American Icons: 'Untitled Film Stills'

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Photographer Cindy Sherman’s pioneering series "Untitled Film Stills" transformed what self-portraits could be. 

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G.P.S. Directions for Getting Home Drunk

Friday, March 04, 2016

Siri navigates you home from the party after a few too many.

Missed Connections for A-Holes

Friday, February 26, 2016

These are missed connections you’ll be glad you missed.

Finding Music in the Political Circus

Friday, February 12, 2016

A songwriter and composer hits the campaign trail in search of musical theatre.