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Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen
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Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen is a program for pop culture and the arts, brought to you from PRI and WNYC.
Each week, Kurt Andersen steers you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life.
Friday, November 29, 2013 12:00am
Follow the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discover places in the land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.
It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. 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 Oz captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule. Hear how the playwright Neil LaBute, the late filmmaker Nora Ephron, the novelist Salman Rushdie, and the musician Bobby McFerrin, found magic, meaning, and inspiration in Oz.
(Originally aired: November 19, 2005)
Friday, November 22, 2013 12:00am
This week, Kurt Andersen announces a new listener challenge: design a holiday ornament to be printed in 3D, courtesy of MakerBot. A writer and book designer creates his tour-de-force — a catalog of books by an imaginary author. We’ll hear how a classic performance by Will Rogers helped bring down a president. And the self-described “doom soul/gothic gospel” band Cold Specks plays live in the studio.
Friday, November 15, 2013 12:00am
Kurt Andersen talks with the actor Lucy Liu, the action-movie badass who for two decades has quietly pursued a side career as a painter. The young writer Daniel Alarcón, born in Peru and raised in Alabama, returns to South America in his novels. Plus, the stranger-than-fiction story behind the cult movie The Room, and a visit with New Orleans royalty, the Wild Tchoupitoulas.
Friday, November 8, 2013 12:00am
This week, the wunderkind composer Nico Muhly grows up — he tells Kurt Andersen why he chose a crime ripped from the headlines as the story for his new opera. Suzanne Opton captures soldiers at rest between tours in a series of haunting portraits. Plus, a critic assesses Banksy's month-long art spree in New York City, and designer to the stars Mario Buatta talks high design on the cheap.
Friday, November 1, 2013 12:00am
This week, Kurt Andersen talks with Jessica Lange, who currently stars in the FX miniseries American Horror Story: Coven. We consider the blunders that lead Darwin and Einstein to their most brilliant scientific discoveries. And in American Icons, we revisit Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Puritan romance novel The Scarlet Letter — in the age of the internet sex scandal, we find Hester Prynnes living within our midst.