Studio 360 Presents American Icons

(Rochester, NY) - Studio 360, hosted by Kurt Andersen, focuses on fundamental works in American cultural history featuring one-hour podcasts that span our history. This August WXXI brings four special Studio 360 programs to AM 1370 Sundays, beginning August 10 at 9 p.m.

On Sunday, August 10 at 9 p.m. AM 1370 presents Studio 360 Looks at 1914. In 1914, new characters and new technologies came together in what we might call the birth of modern century pop culture. Film, theater, fiction, and music were being transformed at the beginning of the 20th century. This program was written and sound-designed like a radio program of the era - as though Studio 360 itself were 100 years old, reporting on new cultural developments taking place in that moment.

The series continues  Sunday, August 17 at 9 p.m. with American Icons: Native Son. Richard Wright set out to confront white readers with the most brutal consequences of racism, and finally lay to rest the stereotype of the passive Uncle Tom. But some think Native Son exploited the worst stereotypes of black youth. This episode traces the line from Bigger Thomas to Notorious B.I.G., and visits a high school drama class acting out Native Son, and struggling to grasp the racism their grandparents experienced. 

On Sunday, August 24 at 9 p.m. AM 1370 presents American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. How do you build a monument to a war that was more tragic than triumphant? Maya Lin was practically a kid when she got the commission to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. American Icons visit a replica of the wall that travels to veterans' parades around the country, and hear from Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel how this singular work of architecture has influenced how we think about war.

The series concludes Sunday, August 31 at 9 p.m. with American Icons: The Disney Parks. Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. Futurist Cory Doctorow explains the genius of Disney World, while novelist Carl Hiaasen even hates the water there. Host Kurt Anderson tours Disneyland with a second-generation "imagineer" whose dead mother haunts the Haunted Mansion.

Pictured: Host Kurt Andersen
Credit: Marco Antonio 


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