Kurt Andersen is an American novelist who is currently a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and New York Magazines, and host of the Peabody-winning public radio program “Studio 360,” a co-production between Public Radio International and WNYC. Andersen began his career in journalism at NBC’s “Today” program and at Time, where he was an award-winning writer on politics and criminal justice and for eight years the magazine’s architecture and design critic. Until 1999 he was a staff writer and columnist for The New Yorker, and from 2004 to 2008 wrote a column for New York magazine. His novel Heyday was a New York Times bestseller that the Los Angeles Times called “a major work,” appeared on several best-books-of-the-year lists, and won the Langum Prize as the best American historical novel of 2007. The New York Times called his novel Turn of the Century “wickedly satirical” and “outrageously funny” and one of its Notable Books of the year, while The Wall Street Journal called it a “smart, funny and excruciatingly deft portrait of our age.” It was a national bestseller. He is also the author of the 2009 book Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America.