Public Radio International hosts go multi-media
Kurt Andersen, Tavis Smiley and Ira Glass go multi-media in their forays into print, web, tv and movies.
Sure their full-time jobs are hosting the top shows in public radio, but Kurt Andersen, Tavis Smiley and Ira Glass are expanding their media impressions. From print and online to tv and movies, Andersen, Smiley and Glass are bringing their tremendous public radio appeal to wider audiences.
Kurt Andersen, host of the Peabody Award-winning "Studio 360" from PRI and WNYC, wrote the April 6, 2009 cover story for "Time" magazine called 'The End of Excess: Is This Crisis Good for America?' about the factors that contributed to current state of the American economy. He writes in the article, "We knew, in our heart of hearts, that something had to give."
In addition to being a radio host, Kurt is also a novelist, critic and editor, and is currently in Pasadena as the Visionary in Residence at the renowned Art Center College of Design. Read Kurt's blog from Los Angeles.
"LA Weekly" just profiled Kurt and his L.A.-based brother David. David went to L.A. to pursue rock n' roll thirty years ago, but today he's one of the top piano technicians in southern California. Now rock stars are his clients, along with film composers and jazz musicians. Kurt interviewed his brother for "Studio 360" -- listen to the interview using the audio player at the top of this page.
Tavis Smiley, who hosts "The Tavis Smiley Show," has always been a hyper-active media personality. He's written numerous books, and his newest, "Accountable: Making America as Good as Its Promise" challenges individuals to hold themselves and others in their communities accountable for their actions, and "offers a pragmatic model for holding our new president and political leaders accountable for what they have promised and must deliver."
Smiley is also the presenter and creative force behind the new multi-year, multi-media exhibit, "America I AM: The African American Imprint." He served as a commentator on NBC during the Obama inauguration and has appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" numerous times, including the March 15 show.
Tavis hosts CNN's "Larry King Live" on Friday, March 27 at 9 p.m. ET. Tune in!
Ira Glass, host of the immensely popular "This American Life" returns to the big screen on April 23 in a two-hour live, digital cinema event that will play in 400+ movie theatres nationwide. The event will featuring "This American Life" contributors Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, Mike Birbiglia, David Rakoff and Dave Hill, plus a cartoon by Chris Ware, additional visuals by Arthur Jones and a special musical performance by Joss Whedon.
Tickets for this special one night in-theater event are available at presenting theater box offices and online on Fathom.com. For a complete list of presenting theater locations and prices please visit the "This American Life" website (theaters and participants may be subject to change). Tickets to attend the live event at NYU Skirball Center sold out in just two days.
View trailer for the "This American Life Live!" digital cinema event: