Studio 360 looks at the places "where art and real life collide," exploring the creative influence and transformative power of art in modern life through richly textured stories and insightful conversation. Hosted by novelist and journalist Kurt Andersen, Studio 360 touches listeners' feelings and challenges their perceptions of the world by presenting a weekly collection of ideas that are provocative and moving, from comic books to Wagner, Swiss Army knives to the legacy of Woody Guthrie. Program segments include:
"Commentary" - Kurt Andersen's weekly musings on culture, from the new TV season to politics as entertainment.
"Cover Story" - a weekly collection of features exploring a central idea, from Shakespeare's enduring influence on popular culture to our urge to ornament everything from Christmas trees to architecture and music.
"Design for the Real World" - designers and artists talk about everyday items, from the stop sign to the Post-it note.
"Portraits" - profiles of famous artists and people behind the scenes.
"How Art Works" - an exploration of how we perceive the world and how artists play with those perceptions, from why certain songs stick in your head to how color affects your emotions.
"The features are witty and smart, well-written and produced, and the ideas and insights are often surprising." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)"I regard it not just as the very best arts program on radio but as the best radio talk show, period." (Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic of The New York Times)"This is great radio." (The 2004 Peabody Awards Board, on Studio 360's award-winning "Moby Dick" episode)
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