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Kurt Andersen Gets Some Perspective

Friday, February 25, 2011

Kurt Andersen talks about seeing the premiere of Tom Stoppard’s play "The Real Thing" as a young man in his twenties, and seeing it again two decades later. Had the play changed, or was it Kurt?

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What's the Matter With Kids These Days?

Friday, May 12, 2006

Kurt Andersen wonders why everyone is "shocked, shocked!" that Harvard student Kaavya Viswanathan allegedly plagiarized her debut novel. The real scandal was the fact that a college student was going to be launched as a pre-fabricated literary superstar.


Mohammed In Denmark

Thursday, February 09, 2006

This week, throughout the Islamic world, embassies were attacked, flags burned, and journalists threatened over a series of satirical cartoons published by a Danish newspaper. Kurt Andersen and Professor Azar Nafisi discuss why the row is less about the power of an image than ...


Commentary: Pick Your Battle

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The news about the war in Iraq might be immediate and uncomfortable, but we process conflict differently, Kurt Andersen says, when we go see a war movie.


Kurt Likes Earl

Saturday, October 01, 2005

For the first time in many years, Kurt finds himself laughing out loud at a new network TV sitcom. My Name is Earl manages to balance coarse and offensive. At the same time it's brilliant and funny — something we don't see on broadcast TV anymore.


Passion of the Penguins

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The hit documentary March of the Penguins has been embraced by commentators on the Christian Right, who say it celebrates faith and family values, and offers proof that "intelligent design" does exist — and global warming doesn't. Kurt wonders if the Right would be so quick to embrace the film ...


Paranoia in Prime Time

Saturday, September 10, 2005

As the new fall tv season begins, Kurt Andersen is intrigued by the number of 9/11-themed shows hitting the airwaves.


Liar, Liar

Saturday, August 13, 2005

In the entertainment industry, it's sometimes hard to tell the difference between promotion and lying. Kurt Andersen explains how Columbia pictures got caught in a lie so outrageous it cost their parent company Sony 1.5 million dollars.


Commentary: HBO Goes Public

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Kurt Andersen tells us why HBO should be PBS.


Commentary: Freedom Tower

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Kurt Andersen explains how a great design for a skyscraper at Ground Zero suffered death by committee.


Commentary: Batman

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Kurt muses on the many failures and one success of the summer blockbuster season.


Commentary: Art Appreciation

Saturday, June 18, 2005

A gallery can arbitrarily put a price tag on a painting, but Kurt Andersen wonders, what's the real value of a work of art?


Commentary: The Metaphor Zone

Saturday, June 11, 2005

When a recent study came out that connected the dots between neuroscience and creativity, Kurt Andersen wanted to know more.


Commentary: Elderly Rock-Pop

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Every year these days, Rolling Stone magazine publishes its so called "Money Report," which is a tally of which rock and pop performers the previous year took in the most money from selling records and touring and merchandising. And when Kurt saw the latest list — acts that earned between ...


Commentary: Idaho Dynamite

Saturday, April 23, 2005

All of us are tempted and sometimes give in to the temptation to indulge in stereotypes of unfamiliar places and people, instead of really knowing and experiencing them.


Back to the Future

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Almost everywhere I glance these days, this new century, the 21st, is looking very much like an old one — the 19th. Let me explain.


Commentary: The Dumb and the Bland

Saturday, March 26, 2005

It's commonplace to hear cultural critics lament the popularity of reality television, but Studio 360's Kurt Andersen argues the bread and circus of bad TV in 2005 is the result of a generational shift.


Monkey See...

Saturday, March 05, 2005

When a recent scientific study proved that celebrity worship comes naturally to rhesus monkeys as well as humans, Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen wondered which primate has more discerning taste.


Queer Eye for the TV Guide

Saturday, February 19, 2005

This Sunday on The Simpsons, Marge’s sister Patty falls in love and marries a pro golfer. One twist — her new spouse is a woman. This latest pop culture take on the highly charged issue of gay rights comes hot on the heels of the recent controversies over Spongebob Squarepants’ ...


Commentary: Free Museums For All

Saturday, February 05, 2005

As President Bush sets the agenda for his second term in office, Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen offers a modest proposal for the chief executive, a plan that would invigorate the arts in America forever.