Episode #208

Awards, Decency Commission, Swastika

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Saturday, February 24, 2001

Kurt Andersen looks at the mayor of New York’s proposal for a cultural decency commission, illustrator Molly Bang explains the power of a vertical image, and designer Steven Heller delves into the history of one of the 20th century’s most disturbing visual images. Kurt’s talks with screenwriter Stephen Schiff about America’s fascination with artistic awards, with stories on the competitive world of opera and on what happens when you win the big prize.


Stephen Schiff

Commentary: Indecent Proposal

Kurt Andersen considers the mayor of New York’s proposal for a cultural decency commission.


How Art Works: Upright Image

Author and Illustrator Molly Bang explains the emotional impact of an upright image.


Design for the Real World: Swastika

Graphic designer Steven Heller looks at an ancient token of good fortune that was transformed into the emblem of Nazi Germany. 


Stephen Schiff on the Influence of Awards

Kurt Andersen and screenwriter Stephen Schiff talk about how awards influence American culture. 

Schiff is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a screenwriter who has adapted Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, as well as Deep End of the Ocean. He was Critic-at-Large at Vanity Fair and the film critic of ...


Diva Trouble

Producer Naomi Lewin looks behind the scenes at the highly competitive world of opera.


After the Prize

Tony, Oscar, and Grammy award-winners talk about what happens once you win.


Thank You, Thank You

Studio 360's Jonathan Mitchell crafts a sound collage of acceptance speeches.