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Some previous appearances

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Conversations with Jim Zirin, December 2018

Kurt discusses Fantasyland and Trumpism.

Amanpour & Co., November 9, 2018

With co-host Walter Isaacson, Kurt discusses the 2018 midterm elections and how our politics reflect the themes and history explored in Fantasyland.

Intelligence Squared, November 1, 2018

In a debate on the question of whether Donald Trump has been bad for comedy,  Kurt and Veep producer Billy Kimball argue (against comedian Sara Schaefer and humorist P.J. O'Rourke) that comedy is the one American institution for which he hasn't been bad. And--spoiler alert--win the debate. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Washington University, November 14, 2017

Kurt and Alec Baldwin discuss their book, You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of my Fantastic First Year as President Donald Trump. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aspen Ideas Festival, June 30, 2017
Kurt discusses Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

The New Museum: Ideas City, May 28, 2015
Kurt moderates a conversation about cities with the mayors of Houston, San Juan and Ithaca.


Montclair State University School of Communications, April 22, 2015
Kurt gives the 2015 Terhune Lecture — which is to say, he's interviewed for an hour or so about contemporary media.


National Building Museum, November 19, 2014
Kurt interviews Charlie Rose on the occasion of his winning the 2014 Vincent Scully Prize.


Wallace Foundation, October 1, 2014
Kurt moderates a panel about growing performing arts audiences with NEA chairperson Jane Chu and three other arts leaders.


Charlie Rose, July 7, 2014
Kurt guest-hosts and discusses war in the Middle East with Jeffrey Goldberg and the pop-cultural appeal of villains with Chuck Klosterman.


Charlie Rose, June 6, 2014
A conversation among This American Life‘s Ira Glass, RadioLab‘s Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad and BAM’s Karen Brooks Hopkins about public radio.


Ethics Matter, October 30, 2013
A conversation with James Traub at the Carnegie Council about ethics in Kurt's professional life, and about 21st century politics and political economy


AIGA National Design Conference, October 11, 2013
History Rhymes

Why SPY?, April 16, 2013
A talk at the School of Visual Arts D-Crit MFA program about Spy magazine

October 24, 2012.


TEDx New England

A Culture Stuck on Pause in A Fast-Forward Age


Los Angeles Talks Live, July 26, 2012
Interview about True Believers by MSNBC Last Word host Lawrence O’Donnell

 

 

 

Good Lit at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, July 25, 2012
Interview about True Believers by San Francisco Magazine editor in chief Jon Steinberg.

Pivot: The AIGA National Design Conference, October 13, 2011

Kurt's opening remarks on culture and change and design, for the AIGA national design conference, which he moderated.


Upstairs at the Square, August 18, 2009 
A podcast of Kurt's conversation with Katherine Lanpher and Regina Spektor (who also performs) at Barnes & Noble on Union Square in New York City

Google Zeitgeist Conference, October 10, 2007
A talk about Heyday and the parallels between the 1840s and the early 21st century


LIVE from the NYPL, November 3, 2006
A conversation about Spy: The Funny Years with Graydon Carter, George Kalogerakis and David Carr

TED ConferenceFebruary, 2002 
A conversation in Monterey, California, with David Rockwell about his response to the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks