KURT ANDERSEN: Friday, May 15, 2020, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School

Kurt Andersen is the author of the novels True Believers, Heyday, and Turn of the Century, and has written for film, television, and stage. He is the host and co-creator of the Peabody Award winning Studio 360, a weekly public radio show about arts and culture.

His latest book is Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History (2017). He’s also the author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling novels True Believers (2012), Heyday (2007) and Turn of the Century (1999). 

Fantasyland, according to Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin), “is an important book -- the indispensable book for understanding America in the age of Trump.” And Stephen Dubner (Freakonomics) says "the thinking and the writing are both dazzling; it’s an absolute joy to read and will leave your brain dancing with excitement long after you’re done.”

He has also written for film, television and the stage. During the 1990s he was executive producer and head writer of two prime-time specials for NBC, How to Be Famous and Hit List, starring Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a creator of three pilots for ABC and NBC. More recently he wrote scripts for HBO and Amazon. He was also co-author of Loose Lips, a satirical off-Broadway revue that had long runs in New York and Los Angeles starring Bebe Neuwirth, Harry Shearer and Andy Richter.

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.