Studio 360 With Kurt Andersen

The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI, is a smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt introduces 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. Produced in association with Slate.

TV & Film
Society & Culture
The final episode
Alec Baldwin conducts Kurt Andersen’s exit interview, TV writers school us on the art of the finale and Rosanne Cash plays one last song for the road.
51 min
Studio 360 Extra: American Icons: The Migration...
Jacob Lawrence’s epic series of paintings shows the northward journey of millions of African Americans from the Jim Crow South to cities in the North.
70 min
Studio 360 Extra: Aural History: How Studio 360...
The show’s original producers reflect on the creation of Studio 360 and its 20-year broadcast run.
36 min
Public Enemy’s groundbreaking album, Maya Angel...
The revolutionary “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,” how Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” changed everything and finding solace in a TLC lyric.
50 min
Extra: New York Icons: Kaufman Astoria Studios
The film studio that dates back to when New York was the movie-making capital — and is still thriving.
34 min
Delilah, the making of Yanni and loving ‘Sweet ...
Romantic advice and pop music with Delilah. The improbable starmaker that brought us Yanni and John Tesh. And why Bim Adewunmi still loves the “Sweet Valley High” books.
50 min
The Oscar episode
Academy Award contenders including Quentin Tarantino, Adam Driver and Antonio Banderas.
51 min
Extra: This Woman’s Work: ‘Black Gold’ by Nina ...
A live album that captured the rage and hope of the civil rights movement.
35 min
‘12 Angry Men’ and the music of Cuphead
How “12 Angry Men” spawned the modern courtroom procedural, and how Kris Maddigan composed a jazz score for Cuphead, the video game.
51 min
Wynton Marsalis and Kate Bush
How Wynton Marsalis became immersed in classical music, and why Kate Bush’s “Hounds of Love” has drawn such wide and diverse admiration.
51 min
Extra: ‘BoJack Horseman’ creator Raphael Bob-Wa...
How a dark comedy got so dark and so funny.
22 min
Images of New York: ‘West Side Story’ and Garry...
Two segments from our new series, New York Icons, are both from midcentury and both uptown: the original “West Side Story” Broadway production and the famously controversial photo from Garry Winogrand, a street photography pioneer.
50 min
Tig Notaro’s case for Nickelback, Ranky Tanky l...
Ranky Tanky performs live and explains the influence of Gullah music. Why Tig Notaro loves a song by Nickelback — and doesn’t care if you hate them. And mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton’s take on performing songs about women that were intended to be sung by men.
50 min
Extra: New York Icons: ‘Central Park Zoo’ by Ga...
The philosophies of a master street photographer, and the story of how he took his most controversial picture.
22 min
American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part Two
"My distrust of technology comes entirely from that movie.”
49 min
American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part One
It’s HAL’s world — we just live in it.
50 min
Extra: Human Intelligence: A Holiday Tale
A short story turned radio drama by Kurt Andersen.
23 min
Jukebox heroes
How the Brill Building cranked out hits in the late ’50s and early ’60s ... and why that era’s “Mugmates” wasn’t one of them.
51 min
Raising a glass ... to glass!
A whole episode about the cultural impact of glass, from Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” and Bauhaus-inspired glass skyscrapers to composer Philip Glass and unbroken glass ceilings.
51 min
Extra: New York Icons: The Brill Building
How a bunch of teenagers in a midtown Manhattan office building changed pop music.
30 min
‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ perfumer Tanwi Nandi...
An American Icons look at Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley” novels. Perfumer Tanwi Nandini Islam creates a fragrance based on Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.” And writer Sadie Stein goes to bat for the word “moist.”
50 min
Extra From ‘Aria Code’: The shattered illusions...
The aria "Un bel dì vedremo " captures Butterfly's unwavering faith in her reunion with her American husband and her unflagging desire for a better life.
33 min
Jennifer Reeder, ‘Naked Came the Stranger’ and ...
Director Jennifer Reeder on her new film, “Knives and Skin.” The story behind the infamous 1969 literary hoax, “Naked Came the Stranger.” And screenwriter Oliver Butcher makes a case for a film that’s often snubbed as corny, “Love Actually.”
50 min
Extra: The Symphonic Side of Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis and the evolution of swing rhythm, but with a classical twist.
24 min
‘My Ántonia,’ Lynda Barry and Roger Deakins
Giving Willa Cather’s “My Ántonia” its due. Cartoonist Lynda Barry professes her love for the oft-maligned “The Family Circus.” And Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins on why he’s not always trying to paint the prettiest picture.
51 min
Extra: New York Icons: West Side Story
This is the show that changed the Broadway musical — and how New York City sees itself.
26 min
New York Icons: ‘The Bell Jar’ & ‘Siembra’
What Sylvia Plath’s novel and a landmark salsa album owe to the city.
51 min
Extra: Guilty Pleasure: Comic Sans
The widely loathed font serves a noble purpose.
9 min
Mark Morris, Carmen Maria Machado and ‘Rocky an...
Choreographer Mark Morris’ musical obsessions, Carmen Maria Machado on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and how "Rocky and Bullwinkle" was “The Simpsons” of its time.
49 min
Why Should Tenors Have All the Fun?
Jamie Barton puts a bisexual spin on classical music.
21 min
American Icons: The tales of Edgar Allan Poe
These are the stories that introduced America to its dark side.
50 min
Extra: New York Icons: ‘The Bell Jar’
The making of “The Bell Jar,” and the unmaking of its author.
30 min
Michelle Obama’s portraitist and ‘96 Tears’
The portraits of everyday people that Amy Sherald painted after her official Michelle Obama portrait, and the unlikely making — and legacy — of “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians.
51 min
Extra: Ranky Tanky: Live in Studio 360
How a centuries-old musical tradition inspired the Billboard-topping jazz hits of Ranky Tanky.
26 min
‘The Searchers’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture S...
An American Icon two-fer: rewatching the movie that made an art of talking back to movies, and John Ford’s racially problematic masterpiece.
50 min
Extra: This Woman’s Work: ‘Hounds of Love’ by K...
How Kate Bush’s album captivated musicians as varied at Outkast’s Big Boi and singer Julia Holter.
28 min
‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ and Liz Phair
How Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” changed everything, and Liz Phair on her new memoir.
51 min
Antonio Banderas, the Joker’s makeup and ‘I Wan...
Antonio Banderas on his latest Almodóvar collaboration, Rick Baker on the Joker’s makeup and the complicated wonder of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”
51 min
Extra: David Byrne and the birth of Talking Heads
A look back at the early days of the seminal band.
14 min
Fred Wilson, Uta Hagen and ‘The Most Mysterious...
How Fred Wilson’s art challenges the conventions of museums. Remembering the legendary performer and acting teacher Uta Hagen. And how a random song from the 1980s became known as “The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet.”
50 min
Guest host Hari Kondabolu with Hannah Gadsby an...
Hari Kondabolu is in the host seat, with fellow comic Hannah Gadsby and hip hop impresario Sophia Chang.
50 min
Extra: New York Icons: ‘Siembra’
24 min
Guest host Hanif Abdurraqib!
Writer Ashley C. Ford, indie artist Vagabon and remembering Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die.”
50 min
Guest host Maeve Higgins!
Playwright Michael R. Jackson, artist Molly Crabapple and the creators and cast of “Felix Starro,” a new musical from the Ma-Yi Theater Company.
50 min
Extra: Day Jobs — Unannounced Standardized Patient
Lots of actors moonlight as waiters or baristas to pay the bills. Alex Kramer moonlights as a spy.
10 min
‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ continued
With Margaret Atwood’s sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” forthcoming, a look at the novel’s impact, including Ann Dowd, who plays Aunt Lydia on the Hulu adaptation, and how Louise Erdrich and Megan Hunter also wrote about pregnancy in their dystopian novels.
50 min
Shades of noir
How film noirs inspired Portishead’s album “Dummy,” gave novelist Karen Russell a creative breakthrough and launched the career of composer Carter Burwell.
50 min
Extra: Touring Edgar Allan Poe’s Baltimore with...
The acclaimed mystery writer tells Kurt about her fascination with Poe, and why Baltimore is a “good noir town.”
10 min
Taking stock of Woodstock
The oddity of Sha Na Na at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix’s searing performance of the national anthem, how Sly and the Family Stone’s album “Stand” sounded a note of hope in a turbulent time, and the surprising, life-changing influence of that other Woodstock — the “Peanuts” character.
50 min
How Leonard Cohen lives on for artists and fans, Nick Waterhouse performs live, and why Bim Adewunmi still loves the “Sweet Valley High” books.
50 min
Extra: Remembering Toni Morrison
In a 2014 interview, the late Nobel Prize laureate explains why she began writing: She couldn’t find the novels she wanted to read.
17 min
Extra: American Icons: ‘Mad Magazine’
Along with serving up a generous helping of dirtyish jokes and goofy parodies, “Mad Magazine” changed the way we consume pop culture and how we talk about world affairs.
20 min
American Icons: ‘Moby-Dick’
In this Peabody Award-winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of the great white whale.
50 min
John Leguizamo, Nipsey Hussle’s legacy and re-c...
John Leguizamo on his one-man play “Latin History for Morons.” Plus how the updated version of ‘Oklahoma!’ took a bold approach to choreography. And trying to bring peace to LA gangs in the wake of Nipsey Hussle’s death.
50 min
Extra: This Woman’s Work: ‘The B-52’s’
How the debut B-52’s album wedded punk with fun.
28 min
On a high note
The mystery and mastery of singing, with Billie Holiday’s “Lady Sings the Blues,” Eric Whitacre and the Silver Lake Chorus
49 min
Lynn Shelton, Ursula von Rydingsvard and worshi...
Lynn Shelton on her new movie, “Sword of Trust,” a studio visit to see how Ursula von Rydingsvard make her enigmatic sculptures, and how the villain from “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” changed everything for a fourth grade boy.
49 min
Extra: The Craft of John Leguizamo’s Theatrical...
How the comedian dissolves into multitudes of characters, from his mother to Andrew Jackson, in his one-man plays.
25 min
Live with Studio 360!
Live on stage with Yo La Tengo, Aasif Mandvi and Friends Who Folk.
50 min
‘Los Espookys,’ Stonewall on film and mistaking...
Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega of “Los Espookys,” what Hollywood gets wrong about Stonewall and when two artists independently come up with the same original-seeming idea.
49 min
Extra: American Icons: Shaft
This is a new American hero.
23 min
John Cameron Mitchell, Taffy Brodesser-Akner an...
John Cameron Mitchell’s podcast musical about a cancer patient, Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s tragically funny novel about divorce, and how Steve Von Till balances being a metal guitarist in Neurosis and an elementary school teacher.
50 min
Extra: Nick Waterhouse Live on Studio 360
How Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker inspired the retro-styled music of Nick Waterhouse.
25 min
The Spektor of performing on Broadway
How Regina Spektor prepared for Broadway, plus the real drama behind “Salt of the Earth” and finding oneself through “Finding Nemo.”
49 min
Extra: Deadwood Creator David Milch on Swearing...
“There are no rules out here. Do not expect to be treated with a complicated civility.”
16 min
‘Booksmart’ besties, and ‘Ishtar’ reconsidered
Why Elaine May’s 1987 flop “Ishtar” deserved better, the stars of “Booksmart” on their favorite on-screen friendships and how watching “Star Trek” as a boy changed everything for Ronald D. Moore.
49 min
American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part Two
“My distrust of technology comes entirely from that movie.”
49 min
How the Stars of Booksmart Became Best Friends ...
BFFs Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever share their favorite on-screen friendships.
21 min
Drama club
An all-theater episode, including deconstructing the patter song, Taylor Mac’s latest on Broadway and how so much Shakespeare ended up in so many parks.
49 min
This Woman’s Work: Billie Holiday’s Lady Sings ...
How the legendary jazz singer transformed pain into art on her 1956 album.
24 min
Why Werner Herzog loves cat videos
Herzog on "Meeting Gorbachev," “When Doves Cry” at 35, and directing TV comedy.
50 min
John Cameron Mitchell’s Genre-Defying Podcast M...
John Cameron Mitchell on the origins of his new musical podcast.
23 min
American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ — Part One
It’s HAL’s world — we just live in it.
50 min
Karl Ove Knausgård and the musical activism of ...
Karl Ove Knausgård’s book about Edvard Munch and Ani DiFranco’s about herself. Plus Pete Seeger’s centennial and really catchy — but patriarchal — songs.
50 min
Ali Smith’s great post-Brexit novel
Author Ali Smith on her post-Brexit novel “Autumn”
15 min
Patti Smith’s ‘Horses,’ Susan Choi and a police...
How “Horses” by Patti Smith helped ignite the punk explosion, plus Susan Choi on “Trust Exercise” and a published poet who’s also a cop.
50 min
Daveed Diggs and Suzan-Lori Parks, ‘In the Pine...
Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks on “White Noise” with one of its stars, Daveed Diggs. Plus the rich history of the folk song “In the Pines,” and the art of being a supernumerary.
50 min
In the Footsteps of Merce Cunningham
For over half a century, Merce Cunningham’s work was marked by his consistent embrace of innovation expanding the frontiers of contemporary dance.
10 min
Portraits of the artists
Frederic Tuten’s Zelig-like connection to New York, plus cartoonist Cathy Guisewite on creating “Cathy,” and the music of Helado Negro.
50 min
This Woman’s Work: Patti Smith’s Horses
This is the album that helped forge punk’s DIY attitude with its fusion of free-form rock and poetry.
24 min
Mob mentalities
Filmmaker Jia Zhangke, David Remnick, and others on why we’re so obsessed with the gangster myth.
50 min
Susan Choi’s Surprising Side Project
How a fun file on Susan Choi’s hard drive turned into her new novel, Trust Exercise.
19 min
Remembering Agnès Varda
What happened when iconic filmmaker Agnès Varda and artist JR teamed up for a road trip? They brought art to the people of rural France.
20 min
Let’s do the time warp
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the woman who created the Creature from the Black Lagoon but didn’t get credit, and how reading “The Metamorphosis” created a metamorphosis for one writer.
50 min
Cracking cases
After prosecuting the O.J. Simpson case, Marcia Clark turned to writing courtroom-drama novels and a new TV show. Plus the mystery of “Cracks,” a “Sesame Street” cartoon that terrified kids — and then disappeared.
50 min
Jia Zhangke’s Empathetic Eye
Jia Zhangke on his latest film about the lives of working-class Chinese, Ash Is Purest White, and the movies that shaped him.
19 min
Why Yanni happened
The improbable starmaker that brought us Yanni and John Tesh. Plus director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, and Nat King Cole at 100.
49 min
The Playbill of Rights
Heidi Schreck’s memoir-tinged play about the Constitution hits Broadway, plus making Broadway autism-friendly and the magic-realist documentary “301 Hollywood.”
48 min
Arresting Poetry
A Baltimore police officer turns to poetry to understand his experiences on the job.
12 min
These go to 11
“This Is Spinal Tap” at 35. Plus N.K. Jemisin on “How Long 'til Black Future Month?” and the mythology — and musicality — of Robert Johnson’s “Cross Road Blues.”
49 min
The Oscar hour
Two nominees — actor Richard E. Grant and “Black Panther” costume designer Ruth E. Carter. Plus how a movement director helped Rami Malek embody Freddie Mercury.
49 min
The Crack Monster: The Mystery Behind Sesame St...
The Sesame Street cartoon that terrified children and created an obsession.
26 min
Sex seen
Sex on the screen: first times, an intimacy coach and bisexual pride. Plus, “Reality Bites” at 25.
49 min
Honky tonk angels
The past, present and future of country music.
49 min
Behind the Curtain at Autism-Friendly Broadway ...
Kids on the spectrum — and their families — let it go at a special performance of Frozen.
12 min
Found in translation
How Natasha Wimmer translates Bolaño, plus theater about gynecology’s unconscionable founder, and fine art made of carpet.
50 min
Shall we dance?
Dance, movement and the music that moves you to dance.
49 min
From Aria Code: Dalila, the Femme Fatale
The wildly beautiful aria that drives Samson wild.
31 min
The mother of all abstraction
A new exhibit at the Guggenheim suggests it was Hilma af Klint who invented abstraction — so why has she been practically unknown for the last century?
49 min
Digging into ‘Doug’
The quietly enduring impact of Nickelodeon’s “Doug,” plus artist Rina Banerjee and the migrant-camp play, “The Jungle.”
49 min