The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy – so let Studio 360 steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life.More from Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen »
Lucy Liu, "Peanuts," & "Sorry, Wrong Number"
Why Terrorists Target the Arts
Are Computers Creative?
Carrie Brownstein & Why Every Candidate Must Go on SNL
Obama Gets Memed & EL VY Plays Live
The new band EL VY plays live in our studio, combining the downer indie rock of The National with the cheery electro-pop of Menomena. Also, how President Obama became the internet’s go-to scapegoat for all of life’s little annoyances. And the writer Valeria Luiselli explains how she collaborated with the workers in a Mexican juice plant to write her latest novel, “The Story of My Teeth.”
Sam Rockwell in Love & The Secrets of Making Hit Pop Songs
The actor Sam Rockwell explains why acting in every frame of the movie “Moon” can't compare to the difficulty of playing a damaged rodeo cowboy in Sam Shepard’s play “Fool for Love.” Also, reporter John Seabrook breaks down exactly what makes a pop hit — and how formulas can’t completely account for their magic. And Jenny Slate challenges you to create your own super-short holiday movie.
Twyla Tharp & How the X-Files Taught Us to Believe
One of the most famous choreographers working today, Twyla Tharp is the person you call when you want to turn Billy Joel songs into Broadway catnip or get horses dancing in Central Park. Also, we hear what made “The X-Files” such a good fit for the conspiracy-minded 1990s, and why we’re primed for it to come back now. And the director Sebastian Schipper explains how he shot a feature-length thriller over the course of two hours in Berlin — in just one take.
Sloane Crosley Quits Her Day Job & Are We Watching Too Much TV?
Sloane Crosley had a successful career as a book publicist and had written two best-selling collections of funny essays. But to write her first novel, she ditched it all and moved to France — not too shabby! Also, we hear from the CEO of FX, who thinks there’s just too much TV on TV. And sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady were as close as sisters can be — but they didn’t start the band CocoRosie until they reunited as adults.
Chrissie Hynde Rocks & Hodor Speaks
Chrissie Hynde, who founded The Pretenders — and still performs under the name — reveals the pain behind the music in a new memoir. Also, the actor who plays Hodor, the "Game of Thrones" character who only says one word, becomes the internet’s favorite gentle giant. But he has a different dream: to be a world-famous DJ. And we dare to ask whether Shakespeare needs to be translated (into English).