Andrei Codrescu

Andrei Codrescu (www.codrescu.com) has been a commentator on All Things Considered since 1983. He is an homme-de-lettres whose novels, essays and poetry have been infiltrating the American psyche since he emigrated from his native Romania to Detroit in 1965. He is the author of forty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and the founder of Exquisite Corpse.

He has received a Peabody award for the PBS version of his film Road Scholar, and has reported for NPR and ABC News from Romania (1989) and Cuba (1996). His new books are The Posthuman Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess (Princeton University Press, 2009) and Jealous Witness: New Poems (Coffee House Press), with a CD of Storm Songs by The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars. Andrei lives in New Orleans and the Ozarks.

All Tech Considered
5:12 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Kaypro II: An Early Computer With A Writer's Heart

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 6:45 pm

Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95. The Kaypro II weighed in at a mere 26 pounds and was a favorite of early computer aficionados.

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Commentary
4:07 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

When The TV Set Goes Dark, One Soundtrack Replaces Another

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 8:20 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Like many people these days commentator Andrei Codrescu decided that he can live without television. But TV had cast a spell over him. And after he cut the cable he experienced severe withdrawal.

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Opinion
4:13 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Despite Guinness And Google, Some Barroom Questions Go Unanswered

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 7:59 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The wealth of information that the Internet puts at our fingertips changes the way we interact with one another. If something is in dispute, a smartphone can quickly clear things up. And commentator Andrei Codrescu says there may be fewer barroom brawls over factual matters, but there are certain questions a search engine won't ever be able to answer.

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Commentary
5:20 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Is There Any Meaning In Poet Seamus Heaney's Last Text?

Commentator Andrei Codrescu reflects on the text message written by poet Seamus Heaney just before he died. In Latin he wrote to his wife "do not be afraid." The 74-year-old Heaney died in a Dublin hospital last week. Codrescu says no great meaning should be implied — it was just a personal message to his wife.

Commentary
5:38 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

What's Behind Romania's Church Building Spree?

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 12:43 pm

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In Romania, new churches are popping up at the rate of 10 a month. That's one every three days, according to a BBC report. It also includes a vast cathedral under construction in the capital city, Bucharest.

This building boom is taking place in one of Europe's poorest countries, and it has Romanian-born commentator Andrei Codrescu wondering what's really going on.

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