Plimpton, Díaz & Ritter to Appear on Studio 360 With Kurt Andersen 5/6

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, novelist Junot Díaz and actress Martha Plimpton join host Kurt Andersen for an evening of music and storytelling for a special live edition of Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space on Thursday, May 6 at 7pm.
Josh Ritter, named "one of the greatest living songwriters" by Paste magazine, will perform songs off his new album, So Runs the World Away. Junot Díaz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and professor of creative writing at MIT, will read his work and discuss the influence his life - from being a Dominican raised in New Jersey to a comic book fanatic - has had on his fiction writing. Lastly, Martha Plimpton, three-time Tony nominated actress who recently starred in the HBO series, "How to Make it in America" and CBS's drama "The Good Wife," discusses her longevity from child actor to character actor on the stage and screen.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have Martha, Junot and Josh for this live show in The Greene Space," Andersen said. "Not only because they are exceptional masters of their crafts - acting, writing and music, a Studio 360 trifecta! - but they're also all fabulous in front of a live audience. If I weren't hosting the thing I'd be rushing to get a ticket."

This special edition of Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, live from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, will be available as a live video webcast at and will be broadcast nationally at a later date.

WHEN: Thursday, May 6th at 7pm
WHERE: The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street)
New York, NY 10014
TICKETS: $20, available at;
Admission includes wine and beer
More information: (646) 829-4400

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen is the Peabody Award-winning, smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy - so let "Studio 360" steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life. "Studio 360" is a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International.

WNYC Radio is New York's premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC-FM, WNYC-AM, and WQXR, as well as and As America's most listened-to AM/FM public radio stations, reaching more than one million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. Classical 105.9 WQXR is New York City's sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city's rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, WNYC produces content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station's street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. For more information about WNYC, visit

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