Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen


Kurt Andersen is a writer as well as host and co-creator of Studio 360.

His most recent book, "Fantasyland," spent a month on the New York Times' bestseller list, and has been called "a great revisionist history of America" (Hanna Rosin in the Times), "deeply insightful" (Harvard professor Laurence Tribe), "dazzling, an absolute joy" (Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner), "incredibly illuminating, urgent, terrifying and funny" (Harvard professor Jorie Graham) and "the most important book that I have read this year" (MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell).

He is also co-author of "You Can't Spell America Without Me," another 2017 Times bestseller, and the author of three other critically acclaimed bestselling novels — "True Believers," "Heyday" and "Turn of the Century." His other books include "Reset," about the history and consequences of the 2008 financial crisis, and "The Real Thing," a book of humorous essays. He has written and produced prime-time network television programs, and co-wrote "Loose Lips," an off-Broadway theatrical revue. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Vanity Fair, and frequent commentator on MSNBC.

Previously, Andersen was a staff writer and columnist for The New Yorker, a columnist for New York, and the architecture and design critic for Time. He was also editor-in-chief of both New York and Spy magazines, the latter of which he co-founded. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and received an honorary doctorate from the Rhode Island School of Design.



Recent Stories

Arts, Culture & Media

Ry Cooder

He was a legendary guitarist long before his success producing Buena Vista Social Club. His new record I, Flathead is the third in his trilogy about Southern California. It tells the story of drag racers and engine tinkerers in the desert in the 1950s. One of the songs riffs off of Johnny Cash's "Hey, Porter" -? a tune that got Cooder into trouble when he was a kid.


Cheetah Legs

South African Oscar Pistorius runner failed to qualify for the Olympic games by just 7/10 of a second. Pretty good -? especially for a man without legs. But his state-of-the-art prosthetics, called "Cheetah legs," have caused controversy in the world of sports: for some, they raise questions about what it means to be human. Produced by Ave Carrillo.

Arts, Culture & Media

Design for the Real World: Boxed Wine

If you're heading outside for a picnic this weekend, don't forget your box of wine. That's right, box. It may call to mind sorority parties and bad hangovers, but design curator Ellen Lupton thinks that boxed wine deserves a second look. Produced by Katie Rolnick.

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Kongfu Monk

The Buddhist monks of Shaolin Temple may perform at the Olympic opening ceremonies. But they face two deadly foes ?- copyright infringement and tourists. Jocelyn Ford took a road trip to the temple with one monk, who turned out not to be quite what he seemed.

Arts, Culture & Media

Building the Chinese Century

The "Birds' Nest" Olympic stadium isn't even the most incredible new structure in Beijing. Kurt was there recently, and reports on some of the amazing structures taking shape. From the look of things, the 21st century may belong to China.

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Man On Wire

It had all the glamor, conspiracy, and danger of a classic heist movie, but it was real ?- and the hero was wearing slippers. Philippe Petit's unauthorized walk on a high wire between the World Trade Center towers transfixed the world in 1974, and it's now the subject of the documentary "Man on Wire." Kurt visits the site of the walk (now Ground Zero) with Petit and director James Marsh.

Arts, Culture & Media

Bill Murray the Poet

Every good cause needs some celebrity support, and poetry is no different. Bill Murray joined hundreds of people at an event for the Poets House, in New York. He's a frustrated poet himself, as Studio 360's Eric Molinsky found out.