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

  • 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>
  • Marilyn Monroe’s Long-Lost Skirt Scene
    <p>Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic moment — standing over a subway grate as her white dress billows up — was originally filmed in Manhattan in 1954. But a crowd of onlookers forced the producers to reshoot the scene in a Hollywood sound stage, and footage from that night was thought to be lost forever. Until now. <a href="" target="_blank">Bonnie Siegler,</a> a graphic designer in New York, tells Kurt how she discovered the film — hidden in her grandfather’s house for over 60 years — that captured the moment that became synonymous with Marilyn Monroe.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Watch a clip of the lost footage at The New York Times</strong></a></p>
  • POTUS as Tastemaker
    <p>Our inauguration special: A review of Barack Obama's arts legacy, how fashion goes from inside the beltway to the runway, and "Game Change" co-author John Heilemann talks about the cultural tastes of Donald Trump.</p>
  • How to Remember
    <p>This week, Kurt talks to Adam Driver, an architect tries to build a museum in Iraq, how Sly and the Family Stone created a pop music masterpiece, and Taylor Mac does a decade-by-decade revue of American pop.</p>
  • Kurt's Favorite Conversation of 2016
    <p>Jack Viertel is a human encyclopedia of musical theater. He’s the producer of hit Broadway shows like<span> </span><a href="">“Hairspray,”</a> <a href="">“Kinky Boots,”</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href="">“The Producers.”</a> And he’s also the artistic director of<span> </span><a href="!">Encores</a>, a New York series that resurrects vintage musicals.</p> <p>Viertel’s book<span> </span><a href="">“The Secret Life of the American Musical—How Broadway Shows are Built,”</a><span> </span>reveals the essential elements of a musical. </p> <p>This spring, he joined Kurt in the studio to give us all a master class in the genre.</p> <p><em>(Originally aired April 21, 2016)</em></p> <p>More of Kurt’s favorite conversations of 2016 can be found <a href="">here.</a></p>
  • Designing Life
    <p>From "Semi-Living Dolls" to glowing florescent illustrations, artists are using the tools of synthetic biology to grow their own materials and create works of art that are, essentially, alive. It’s one thing to wag our fingers at big scientific institutions for "playing God," but isn't it uncool to tell artists they shouldn't do something, even if it creeps us out?</p> <p><em>(Originally aired May 28, 2015)</em></p>

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