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:

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.


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?


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. 


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. 


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.

American Icons: "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"

Thursday, January 28, 2016

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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American Icons: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ken Kesey had worked in a mental hospital, but his first novel was really a parable of what happens when you stand up to the Man — a counterculture fable that doesn’t end well.

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Let's Get Drinks

Friday, December 04, 2015

Why is it so hard to make a simple plan with a friend? Lena Dunham and Allison Williams, from the HBO series “Girls,” perform Kelly Stout’s “Let’s Get Drinks.”

Eve Sussman's Algorithmic Noir

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The movie “whiteonwhite” has human actors, director, and crew. But its editor is an algorithm that creates a different version of the film each time it plays. 

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The Computer As Artist

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Creative types tend to think computers will never take their jobs. They haven’t met Brutus.

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The Privileged Few

Friday, October 23, 2015

Allison Williams of HBO's Girls reads "The Privileged Few," by George Meyer.