David Krasnow

David Krasnow is the Senior Editor of Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, working with Kurt, the producers, and contributing reporters to set the editorial direction and tone of the show. He oversees the program's award-winning American Icons and Science & Creativity series.  He began filing stories as a freelance producer for Studio 360 in 2001, and joined the staff in 2003.  Among his stories are features on Andy Warhol’s soup cans, “John Henry,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner,” and Bill Frisell on Buster Keaton. Formerly the reviews editor of Artforum, he has written for the Village Voice, Jazz Times, Metropolis, The New York Observer, and The Wire, and remains a contributing editor for Bomb.  He covered music, design, science, land use, and health care as a print editor.  David teaches radio writing at Mediabistro and has discussed cultural journalism and pitching features at the Public Radio Program Directors conference, Third Coast International Audio Festival, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Transom Story Workshop, the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies.  He was first on air at 17 on his college station, WESU-Middletown, Conn.

David Krasnow appears in the following:

American Icons: The Disney Parks

Friday, November 28, 2014

Walt Disney didn't just want a theme park — he wanted to create a scale model of a uniquely American utopia. 

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Our Computers, Our Viruses, Our Selves

Friday, September 12, 2014

We’ve been living with computer viruses since the earliest networks. But how similar are they to biological ones?

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The Flame Alphabet

Friday, September 12, 2014

William S. Burroughs famously said that “language is a virus.” In his novel The Flame Alphabet, Ben Marcus imagines what would happen if children’s language made their parents sick.

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Aleksandar Hemon: The Accordion

Friday, June 27, 2014

Novelist Aleksandar Hemon, a native of Sarajevo, reimagines the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand through the lens of family history: one of his relatives was watching the motorcade, standing on the sidelines holding his new accordion.

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An Artist Who Sails Her Work

Friday, May 23, 2014

The artist Swoon broke through in the crowded street art scene with her beautifully detailed portraits of ordinary people. Then she took a left turn: building rafts and sailing them down rivers and even across a sea. For Swoon, it’s all about a creative response to climate change.

Slideshow: The Art of Swoon

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American Icons: Untitled Film Stills

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cindy Sherman launched her career by placing herself in photos that look like movie stills for imaginary movies. With Untitled Film Stills, she also created some of the most recognizable images in 20th century art — and maybe even invented the selfie.

Slideshow: Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills

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American Icons: Anything Goes

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cole Porter was out of the musical theater game during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of bad behavior.

Bonus Track: an updated version of "Anything Goes"

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American Icons: The Scarlet Letter

Friday, May 16, 2014

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel about forbidden love among the Puritans captured our admiration for independence — and our craving for scandal. How much has changed in the 150 years since?  

Bonus Track: Tom Perrotta on Nathaniel Hawthorne's influence 

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A Century of Blues

Friday, May 09, 2014

W.C. Handy was the first to publish a body of songs identified as blues, based on lyrics and melodies from black Southern culture, that became known throughout America. Two of his biggest hits, “St. Louis Blues” and “Yellow Dog Blues,” were published in 1914, making the year a turning point in the history of the blues.

Enter the 1914 Blues Challenge

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Lois Lowry: The End of The Giver

Friday, April 25, 2014

Lois Lowry’s The Giver is one of the most celebrated children’s books of our era, and one of the most banned. In the Community, where everything seems just about perfect — no hunger, no inequality, no strife — a boy learns that the prized virtue of “Sameness” is achieved through ...

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Live In-Studio: Vijay Iyer, Jazz’s Incredible Hulk

Friday, April 18, 2014

The pianist and MacArthur genius Vijay Iyer is one of the great living jazz musicians, although a lot of his music isn't what you'd recognize as jazz. In addition to leading a trio and playing duets with a saxophonist, Iyer programs laptops, and writes chamber music. The heart of Iyer’s ...

 

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American Icons: I Love Lucy

Friday, March 28, 2014

It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy's weekly antics and humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy: from Desperate Housewives to 30 Rock — writers can’t live without Lucy.

Bonus Track: Mindy Kaling Hearts Ricky

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Laura Cantrell Sings Kitty Wells

Friday, February 21, 2014

When she died in 2012 at age 92, Kitty Wells was the oldest living member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her music can still surprise unsuspecting listeners. 

Video: Laura Cantrell performs "I Don't Claim to Be an Angel"

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Live In-Studio: Neneh Cherry’s Soul Punk Project

Friday, February 07, 2014

Neneh Cherry has floated between underground acclaim and pop stardom. She has the life of a musical Zelig: raised by jazz great Don Cherry among cultural luminaries like Allen Ginsberg and Miles Davis, she left home early to join a first-generation punk band in London, the Slits ...

Videos: "Blank Project" and "Weightless" live in Studio 360

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Beyond Koyaanisqatsi: A New Film from Godfrey Reggio

Friday, January 31, 2014

Godfrey Reggio’s films “are like a cat that barks. They’re unusual, the names of the films are off the wall,” he tells Kurt Andersen. Most people know Reggio for the 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi, a word from the Hopi language meaning “life out of balance,” and its two sequels. Reggio’s new film Visitors is in black-and-white ...

Video: Trailer, Visitors

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Exclusive Videos: Neneh Cherry Is Back

Monday, January 13, 2014

Neneh Cherry has floated between underground acclaim and pop stardom. She’s gone decades without releasing an album, but when she does, it matters. But Blank Project (coming in February), produced by Four Tet, is a soul record that will rip your eardrums a new one.

Videos: "Weightless" and "Blank Project" (live)

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Jesmyn Ward: Waiting for Katrina

Friday, January 03, 2014

Jesmyn Ward was an unknown novelist when her second book, Salvage the Bones, won the National Book Award in 2011. She’s recently written a memoir called The Men We Reaped that ended up on a lot of best-of 2013 lists. Both books look at the rough parts of life in a small town ...

Bonus Track: Jesmyn Ward reads from Salvage the Bones

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Aha Moment: The Dream Syndicate

Friday, January 03, 2014

For 20 years, Sam Coomes has led the band Quasi along with the drummer Janet Weiss, carrying the torch for a punk music that’s relevant, funny, and hard-hitting well into middle age. Coomes was born in Texas and moved with his family to southern California, which is where he found his calling ...

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American Icons: The Scarlet Letter

Friday, November 01, 2013

One of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ancestors was a judge in the Salem witch trials. In his novel of early America, Hawthorne explores the tension between our deeply ingrained Puritanism and our celebration of personal freedom. Hester Prynne was American literature’s first heroine, a fallen woman who’s not ashamed of her sin ...

Bonus Track: Tom Perrotta on Nathaniel Hawthorne's influence

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American Icons: Uncle Tom's Cabin

Friday, October 25, 2013

Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin to promote the abolitionist cause. So how did Uncle Tom become the byword for a race traitor — a “shuffling, kowtowing, sniveling coward”? A scholar traces Tom’s unfortunate journey through pop culture, and a controversial writer who’s been called an Uncle Tom decides to own it ...

Slideshow: Uncle Tom in popular culture

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