Kurt Andersen

Host

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

DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow set a Guinness Book record for creating an album, Endtroducing, made up entirely of samples, many of them from LPs he rescued from the 50-cent bin. He's moved on, but some of his fans (like Studio 360's Derek John) still haven't gotten over it.

Arts, Culture & Media

Birthmark

Last year, the screenwriter/director/actress Miranda July published a collection of short stories called No One Belongs Here More Than You, and she joined us to read the story ?Birthmark.? With production by Studio 360's Pejk Malinovski.

Arts, Culture & Media

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

American Icons: Barbie

How did the Barbie doll become such a powerful symbol and ubiquitous toy? For our ongoing series on American Icons, we look at how Barbie started, how she endured, and what her future may hold.

Arts, Culture & Media

American Icons: Appalachian Spring

In 1942, Aaron Copland accepted a commission to write the score for a new dance by modernist Martha Graham. Their now-legendary ballet looks at the tension between community and individualism through the story of a bride and groom in a frontier town.

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