David Krasnow

Executive Producer, The New Yorker Radio Hour

Studio 360

David Krasnow is the senior editor of PRI's Studio 360.

David began producing stories for Studio 360 in 2001 with a profile of experimental musician Pauline Oliveros. He joined the staff in 2003 after many years in print media as an editor and writer, covering music, design, American history, land use, science, and health care.Formerly the reviews editor of Artforum, he has written for the Village Voice, Jazz Times, Metropolis, The New York Observer, and The Wire, and remains a contributing editor for Bomb.  He teaches radio writing to print journalists at Mediabistro and has discussed how to pitch features at the Third Coast International Audio Festival and the Public Radio Program Directors conference. Among his stories for Studio 360 are features on Andy Warhol’s soup cans, the folk ballad “John Henry,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner” for the American Icons series.  He was first on air at 17 on his college station, WESU. 

Talking Heads, 1976: Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, David Byrne and Jerry Harrison.

David Byrne and the birth of Talking Heads


A look back at the early days of the seminal band.

Jimi Hendrix plays at Woodstock.

American Icons: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

American Icons
A watercolor of Jimi Hendrix.

American Icons: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

American Icons
Justin Timberlake performs "Cry Me A River" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York

Ode to Justin Timberlake

Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith explores ‘Life on Mars’


Warhol’s Soup Cans

Arts, Culture & Media

The soup cans are probably the most recognizable images in American art, and Warhol intended it that way. He borrowed the Campbell’s brand fame to help make his own; he appeared in Time in 1962 as part of the Pop revolution that was remaking art — destroying the serious, sublime aspirations of artists like Jackson […]

Campbell’s Soup Can

Arts, Culture & Media

Andy Warhol started painting Campbell’s soup cans around the same time he was painting Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. For him, Campbell’s was a “star” just like any movie pinup, and he made thousands over the course of his career. Warhol told people he painted soup because he ate it for lunch every day, but […]

Free Theatre Belarus

Arts, Culture & Media

Belarus is called the last dictatorship in Europe. The government censors the arts, so performance troupe Free Theatre Belarus performs secretly, in converted houses, to avoid arrest. American playwright Aaron Landsman went to visit the group in Minsk, and learned what theater is really all about. Produced by David Krasnow and Gretta Cohn.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Arts, Culture & Media

Like Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie is an award-winning Nigerian author whose writing has brought her country’s history to global audiences. She tells Kurt why Achebe has played such a large role in her work. Produced by Studio 360’s David Krasnow and Chloe Plaunt.

The World

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women

Arts, Culture & Media

Generally when somebody says to the editor of a radio program “I’m going to get a grant to do long-form multimedia reporting with a poet writing about the working poor,” the editor gets a look on his face. Poetry and poverty — not the most popular subjects in the rundown. But when that somebody is […]