Studio 360

Each week on PRI's Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, guests and the host entertain listeners while examining, commenting on, and providing insight into cultural ideas and trends. American newspapers and general-interest magazines today devote less and less of their coverage to the most ambitious and important new literature, filmmaking, music, dance, theater, visual art, and design. If it isn't a current mass-media phenomenon — a Hollywood movie, a hot TV show, a big videogame, or pop music release — it probably isn't covered at all on the airwaves. This is the context in which PRI's Studio 360 rises to fill that gap left by mainstream media. No other U.S. broadcast program covers the whole culture — "high" as well as "low," classical and vernacular, the challenging and the pop — in such fresh, smart, deep, incisive, idea-driven fashion.

Sunday 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM on WUSF 89.7

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Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is a novelist. His latest book, Heyday, has been called "delightful, intelligent," and "a true novel of ideas" by Publishers Weekly, and "a terrific," "utterly engaging novel" by Library Journal. His earlier novel, Turn of the Century, was a New York Times Notable Book that Times reviewers called "wickedly satirical," "outrageously funny" and "the most un-clichéd novel imaginable," and that The Wall Street Journal called a "smart, funny and excruciatingly deft portrait of our age." 

He is also author of The Real Thing, a book of humorous essays. He has written and produced prime-time network television programs and pilots for NBC and ABC, and co-authored Loose Lips,... Read More...

From Studio 360

  • Pet Projects
    <p>This week, Kurt heads to a dog park and learns how to take the perfect pet portrait. Plus, the story behind “Share A Smile Becky,” Mattel’s attempt at creating a Barbie doll that used a wheelchair. And Carter Burwell, who scored the music for films by directors including Sidney Lumet and the Coen Brothers, defines the lexicon of film composers. </p>
  • Magnetic Feels
    <p>This week, Kurt talks to comedians Kate Berlant and John Early about their absurdist new series, “555.” Plus, how filmmaker Garry Fraser went from being a heroin addict in Scotland to working on “T2: Trainspotting” — a movie about heroin addicts in Scotland. And Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields plays live in our studio.</p>
  • American Icons: Monticello
    <p><strong>The home of America’s aspirations and deepest contradictions.</strong></p> <div class="embedded-image"><img class="mcePuppyImage" src="" alt="Monticello feature new"></div> <p><span>Monticello is home renovation run amok. Thomas Jefferson was as passionate about building his house as he was about founding the United States; he designed Monticello to the fraction of an inch and never stopped changing it. Yet Monticello was also a plantation worked by slaves, some of them Jefferson’s own children. Today his white and black descendants still battle over who can be buried at Monticello. It was trashed by college students, saved by a Jewish family, and celebrated by FDR. With <a href="" target="_blank">Stephen Colbert,</a> filmmaker James Ivory, and artist <a href="" target="_blank">Maira Kalman.</a></span></p> <p><em><span>(Originally aired October 22, 2010)</span></em></p> <p><strong>Monticello Update: </strong></p> <p>Monticello <a href="">plans to re-create or restore spaces</a> where Thomas Jefferson's slaves worked and lived. This $35 million project includes the room where Sally Hemings likely lived, which was turned into a restroom in a 1940s renovation.</p> <p><span>American Icons: Monticello was produced by </span><a href="" target="_blank"><span>Amanda Aronczyk</span></a><span>. The Jefferson family graveyard story was produced by </span><a href="" target="_blank"><span>Ann Heppermann</span></a><span>. The actor </span><a href="" target="_blank"><span>David Strathairn</span></a><span> </span><span>was the voice of Thomas Jefferson. </span><a href="" target="_blank"><span>David Krasnow</span></a><span> </span><span>edited the show.<br></span><span>Music was provided by<span> </span></span><a href="" target="_blank"><span>David Prior</span></a><span>, with John Matthias for Small Design Firm, and can also be heard at Monticello's interactive exhibition,<span> </span><em><span>Boisterous Sea of Liberty</span></em>.</span></p>
  • Getting into “Get Out”
    <p>This week, Kurt talks to writer/director Jordan Peele about his new horror film “Get Out.” Plus, how Leonard Bernstein brought classical music from the concert hall to the living room. And Afropop band Sinkane performs live in our studio.</p>
  • Political Art
    <p>This week, a look at artists — from the left to the right — getting political.  Conservative painter Jon McNaughton talks about creating art in the era of the Trump administration. Plus, the Black Panthers' brief foray into the music business. And Philip Roth talks to Kurt about his eerily timely novel "The Plot Against America." </p>
  • Oscar Preview
    <p>This week, we preview the Academy Awards. The casting director of “Moonlight” talks about the complicated process of finding the right actors for three different time periods. Plus, “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle guides Kurt through the classic Hollywood musicals that inspired his film. And the director of the Oscar-nominated “The Red Turtle” talks about making an animated Studio Ghibli movie unlike any other.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
  • Love is on the Air
    <p>Where do you turn when you’re heartbroken in the dead of night? Delilah, of course — her radio call-in show pairs romantic advice with the perfect song. Plus, we discover the surprisingly sweet couple behind one of history’s naughtiest gag gifts: edible underwear. And Canadian songwriter Basia Bulat used a broken heart to propel her from subdued folk to floor-stomping pop.</p>
  • Here’s Looking at You
    <p>This week, Kurt talks to former NEA chairman Dana Gioia about how the Trump Administration may target federally-funded art. Plus, screenwriter Robert D. Siegel reveals how a real-life story becomes a Hollywood movie. And Karina Longworth and Noah Isenberg take a look back at the legacy of “Casablanca.”</p>
  • The Scene and the Unseen
    <p>This week, a conversation with Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker, the story behind Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic moment, and a New York Times critic picks the timeliest show on TV.</p>
  • American Icons: The Wizard of Oz
    <p><strong>This is America’s dreamland.</strong></p> <div class="embedded-image"><img class="mcePuppyImage" src="" alt="The Wizard of Oz Feature Card_Big"></div> <p>It's been 78 years since movie audiences first watched<span> </span><a href="">“The Wizard of Oz<em>.”</em></a> Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how<span> “</span>Oz” captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how playwright Neil LaBute, filmmaker Nora Ephron, novelist Salman Rushdie, and musician Bobby McFerrin all found magic, meaning, and inspiration in<span> “Oz.”</span></p> <p><em>(Originally aired: November 19, 2005)</em></p>

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