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Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360 on NPR, is a journalist and the author of the novels Hey Day, Turn of the Century, The Real Thing, and his latest non-fiction book[…]

Kurt Andersen discusses culture in America. He sees his radio program Studio 360 filling a gap in American media.

Kurt Andersen: "I think with Studio 360, it’s very odd to me that there’s no other program like it; a general show about art and culture on radio and television that deals with everything from the Simpsons, to a Bill Viola work of art, to opera, to any bands; that sort of cultural panorama. That there is nothing else like that in America except what we’re doing is amazing to me, because you go to Europe and there are five shows like that only in the Netherlands. So I hope that, in small ways, it’s having an impact in terms of suggesting that there’s a kind of a cultural conversation to have that isn’t limited to one little niche in the culture, but regards the whole culture as a panorama with dots that can be connected among them.

Recorded on: July 5, 2007