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January 11, 2018 | 2:00 pm
How “Convoy,” a novelty country song by a couple admen, became a #1 hit.
Staff picks, 2017 (Volume 2)
January 04, 2018 | 12:01 pm
Completing our favorites list: Stevie Salas on Native American rockers, Angie Thomas on how a TLC lyric saved her life, and the hoax behind the bodice-ripper “Naked Came the Stranger.”
Staff picks, 2017 (Volume 1)
December 28, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Some favorite segments from 2017: Scorsese’s film editor Thelma Schoonmaker; the accused witch who inspired “The Handmaid’s Tale”; writer Yewande Omotoso; and making a case for the movie that gets no love, “The Godfather, Part III.”
Where is Bobbie Gentry?
December 21, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Alexander Payne on avoiding Hollywood temptations, Aisha Harris on why “Gone with the Wind” may be a confederate monument, and the enduring mystery of “Ode to Billie Joe.”
That’s What She Said
December 15, 2017 | 4:00 am
June Thomas on Scenes of Workplace Sexual Harassment: From “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “The Office”
So you think you're creative?
December 14, 2017 | 2:00 pm
What do we mean by creativity? How can we encourage it and measure it? From imaginary friends to jazz musicians in fMRI machines, we explore the creative brain.
Gay theater, then and now.
December 07, 2017 | 2:00 pm
NYT Theater critic Jesse Green and playwright Paul Rudnick on groundbreaking gay theater.
American Icons: The Disney Parks
November 30, 2017 | 11:00 am
Stories from inside the oddly touching, sometimes creepy, deeply American utopia that Walt Disney created.
November 22, 2017 | 10:28 am
Three American Icon segments about women’s identity in works by Hawthorne, Porter and Sherman.
I'm the Boss, Baby
November 16, 2017 | 1:23 pm
Kurt talks to Alec Baldwin about playing Donald Trump, how the actor depicts villains, and his favorite depictions of villains in the movies. Plus filmmaker Taika Waititi on the jump from making low-budget comedies to making “Thor: Ragnarok”
The Agonies of Small Talk
November 09, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Newly minted MacArthur geniuses: Annie Baker tackles small talk in her plays, Jesmyn Ward depicts rural African American life in her novels, and Taylor Mac’s 24-hour revue of the entire history of American pop music.
Tracey Ullman is such a character
November 02, 2017 | 2:00 pm
An artist searches for the buckets of Hillary Clinton’s victory confetti that were never dropped on Election Night. Plus Kurt interviews the sketch comedy genius Tracey Ullman as well as the novelist and YouTube star John Green.
Dance Studio 360
October 26, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Twyla Tharp’s love of popular music, a belly dancer inspired by Bono, parents obsessed with tango, scientific principles to ballet, and how Christopher Wheeldon brought “An American in Paris” to the stage.
October 19, 2017 | 12:38 pm
Artists Agnès Varda and JR on a road trip (and sugar binge), the overuse of horror-movie jump cuts, why Hari Kondabolu loves “Untamed Heart,” and a manifesto for slow art.
American Icons: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
October 12, 2017 | 12:30 pm
Ken Kesey had worked in a mental hospital, but his first novel was really a parable of what happens when you stand up to the Man—a counterculture fable that doesn’t end well.
Michael Chabon Sings!
October 05, 2017 | 7:48 pm
Danny Strong takes on J.D. Salinger, Van Gogh paintings come to life, Michael Chabon’s punk awakening, kids’ books as literature.
Does Laughter Yoga Work?
September 28, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Sure, laughing makes us feel good in the moment. But could it have enduring health effects?
Harvard’s Full of Morons
September 21, 2017 | 2:00 pm
Spielberg’s greatness, “Bojack Horseman’s” edginess, the worst seat at the symphony.