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The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio’s 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.
September 11th, 2016
Episode 145 of 167 episodes
On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we wanted to revisit Kurt’s conversation with an artist who had a special relationship with the World Trade Center site. It had all the glamour, conspiracy, and danger of a classic heist movie, but it was real — and the hero was wearing slippers. In the early hours of August 7, 1974, 24-year-old Philippe Petit and some friends snuck to the top of the Twin Towers and rigged a 140-foot steel cable between them. And then, 1,350 feet above the ground and without a net, Petit walked, danced, and even lay down on the wire between them. The feat transfixed the world. It later became the subject of the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary “Man on Wire.” Back in 2008, Kurt visited the site of the walk (at that point, Ground Zero) with Petit and director James Marsh.“I was a young wire-walker busy conquering an idea.” Petit explains, “I never thought of the consequences.” (Originally aired: July 25, 2008) Video: Philippe Petit walks between the Twin Towers (from "Man On Wire")