Studio 360

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Studio 360

studio 360AT THE END of the last century, Public Radio International and New York’s public radio station WNYC decided to create a weekly one-hour national magazine program about culture and the arts. They asked me to help create it, and to be the host.

 

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Studio 360  went on the air in New York and Los Angeles and a few other cities in the fall of 2000; today we’re broadcast on 217 stations, and 600,000 smart people listen with what seems to be enormous enthusiasm. My guests have included:

• Madeline Albright, Sherman Alexie, Herb Alpert, Woody Allen, Isabel Allende, Pedro Amodovar, Tori Amos, Laurie Anderson, Aziz Ansari,  Judd Apatow, Nina Arianda, Darren Aronofsky, Margaret Atwood, Kevin Bacon, Jon Robin Baitz, Nicholson Baker, Beck, Samantha Bee, Bell Orchestre, Tony Bennett, Michael Bierut, Kathryn Bigelow, Andrew Bird, Björk, Jack Black, Roy Blount, Eric Bogosian, TC Boyle, Billy Bragg, Jeff Bridges, Albert Brooks, Mel Brooks, Bill Buford, T-Bone Burnett, Tim Burton, David Byrne, Don Byron, John Cale, James Cameron, Laura Cantrell, Roseanne Cash, Michael Chabon, David Chase, Lisa Cholodenko, Jimmy Cliff, Chuck Close, Diablo Cody, Stephen Colbert, Robert Coles, Billy Collins, Ry Cooder, Stewart Copeland, Sofia Coppola, Elvis Costello, Wayne Coyne, David Cronenberg, Alan Cumming

Willem Dafoe, Mike Daisey, Matt Damon, Del the Funky Homosapien, Jonathan Demme, Dirty Projectors, Junot Diaz, Joan Didion, Simon Doonan, Lena Dunham, Mark Duplass, Steve Earle, Christine Ebersole, Umberto Eco, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Chris Elliott, James Ellroy, Oskar Eustis, Edie Falco, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher, Jonathan Safran Foer, Caio Fonseca, Richard Ford, Milos Forman, Jodie Foster, Jonathan Franzen, Ian Frazier, Morgan Freeman, Alan Furst, Neil Gaiman, Ricky Gervais, Frank Gehry, Paul Giamatti, Alex Gibney, William Gibson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Gilliam, Vince Gilligan, Milton Glaser, Philip Glass, Paul Goldberger, Adam Gopnik, Sue Grafton, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, John Guare, Merle Haggard, Hilary Hahn, Donald Hall, Herbie Hancock, Tom Hanks, Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Mark Helprin,
Werner Herzog, Carl Hiaasen, A.M. Homes, Nick Hornby, Arianna Huffington

• Jeremy Irons, John Irving, Walter Isaacson, Pico Iyer, Howard Jacobson, Angelina Jolie, Bill T. Jones, Rickie Lee Jones, Sharon Jones, Miranda July, Gabriel Kahane, Mindy Kaling, Maira Kalman, Charlie Kaufman, Diane Keaton, Catherine Keener, Jamaica Kincaid, Ben Kinglsey, Barbara Kingsolver, Walter Kirn, Diana Krall, Barbara Kruger, Lisa Kudrow, Tony Kushner, Ben Kweller, Jaron Lanier, Spike Lee, Annie Leibovitz, Sean Lennon, Neal Labute, Jhumpa Lahiri, k.d. lang, Jaron Lanier, Ursula Le Guin, Jonathan Lethem, Tracy Letts, David Lindsay-Abaire, George Lois, Courtney Love, Lois Lowry, Baz Luhrmann, Patti Lupone, David Lynch, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrew McCarthy, Martin McDonagh, Ian McEwan, Bobby McFerrin, Larry McMurtry, Macklemore, David Milch, Joanathan Miller, Tim Minchin, Susan Minot, Eugene Mirman, Moby, Steven Moffat, Alfred Molina, Janelle Monae, Jason Moran, Errol Morris, Walter Mosley, Rick Moody, Errol Morris, Toni Morrison

• Azar Nafisi, Mira Nair, Randy Newman, Nneka, Bruce Norris, Lynn Nottage, Lawrence O’Donnell, Téa Obreht, Todd Oldham, Yoko Ono, Elaine Pagels, Chuck Palahniuk, Gary Panter, Sarah Jessica Parker, Suzan-Lori Parks, Dolly Parton, Alexander Payne, Austin Pendleton, Itzhak Perlman, Philippe Petit, Arthur Phillips, Martha Plimpton, Amy Poehler, Sarah Polley, Richard Powers, Richard Price, Sam Raimi, Joshua Redman, David Remnick, Paul Reubens, Josh Ritter, Robert Redford, Jason Reitman, Anne Rice, Robbie Robertson, James Rosenquist, Isabella Rossellini, Paul Rudd, Paul Rudnick, Geoffrey Rush, Salman Rushdie

• Luc Sante, Sapphire, Marjane Satrapi, George Saunders, Simon Schama, Ridley Scott, Julian Schnabel, Liev Schreiber, Amy Sedaris, Pete Seger, William Shatner, Fiona Shaw, Duncan Sheik, Lynn Shelton, Lionel Shriver, Gary Shteyngart, David Simon, Jane Smiley, Anna Deavere Smith, Patti Smith, Jill Sobule, Todd Solondz, Stephen Soderbergh, Barry Sonnenfeld, Regina Spektor, Art Spiegelman, Wesley Stace, Frank Stella, Joel Stein, Michael Stipe, Tom Stoppard, Quentin Tarantino, Lili Taylor, Teller, Twyla Tharp, Paul Theroux, They Might Be Giants, Alex Timbers, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Garry Trudeau, Chali 2na, Tune-Yards, Jerry Uelsmann, Suzanne Vega, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Suzanne Vega, Sarah Vowell, Christopher Walken, Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips, Kerry Washington, John Waters, Reggie Watts, Lawrence Weschler, Joss Whedon, Colson Whitehead, Wilco, Connie Willis, Wim Wenders, Wilco, Kate Winslet, Jacqueline Woodson, the XX, Dwight Yoakam and Neil Young

• As well as the late Chinua Achebe, Robert Altman, Ray Bradbury, Solomon Burke, Elliot Carter, Nora Ephron, Marvin Hamlisch, Thomas Hoving, Elmore Leonard, Norman Mailer, Frank McCourt, Anthony Minghella, Samuel Mockbee, Susan Sontag, John Updike, Gore Vidal and Wendy Wasserstein, may they rest in peace.

We won Peabody Awards in 2005 and 2013, as well as a bunch of other awards.

And it is huge fun.

My surpassingly smart, kind, professional, hard-working colleagues – John DeLore, David Krasnow, Jenny Lawton, Leital Molad, Sean Rameswaram and Michele Siegel – make it easy for me. They deserve a lot of the credit for the generous coverage the show receives in the press, such as New York Times chief art critic Michael Kimmelman’s description of Studio 360 as “the best program on radio,” and articles like these in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and Current.