Kurt Andersen is a writer, Host and Co-Creater, “Studio 360,” PRI and WNYC
Kurt Andersen's latest books are Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History and You Can't Spell America Without Me (2017). He's also the author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling novels True Believers (2012), Heyday 2007) and Turn of the Century (1999). He has also written for film, television and the stage.
He is also host and co-creator of Studio 360, the cultural magazine show produced by Public Radio International. It is broadcast on 217 stations and distributed by podcast to almost 1 million listeners in all each week. The show won Peabody Awards for broadcast excellence in both 2005 and 2013.
As an editor, he co-founded the transformative independent magazine Spy, which increased its circulation tenfold and became profitable after just three
years. He also served as editor-in- chief of New York during the mid-90s, presiding over its editorial reinvigoration and record profitability.
He serves on the boards of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Pratt Institute. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was an editor of the Lampoon. He received an honorary doctorate from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, and in 2009 was Visionary in Residence at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He was named by New York magazine as one of the "100 People Who Changed New York," and by Forbes as one of the "25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media." And he was named the 2014 arts Medalist by Harvard College's Signet Society. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Anne Kreamer.