All Most Famous
Theresa Rebeck on Sarah Bernhardt, Justine Bateman on fame waxing and waning, and a pirate radio station that got too famous for the FCC.
Mind the Generation GapMillennials and boomers do battle in Boomer1, learning to love Lawrence Welk, and Argentine experimental musician Juana Molina performs live.
HawkishEthan Hawke embraces the aging process, the enduring power of Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks,” and the genre-defying music of Balún.
A Room With a ViewfinderLiz Diller on her favorite use of architecture in film, a Richard Pryor classic album turns 40, and a noteworthy summer for black cinema.
The Remarkable Bounce of BlindspottingPoet Maya Phillips talks about how rap elevates this modern dramedy about race, friendship, and a rapidly gentrifying Oakland.
Walden PonderedHow Walden holds up, “I Will Survive” at 40, and Leonard Bernstein’s concerts for children.
Everyone’s a ComedianKen Jennings on the history—and ubiquity—of comedy, Picasso in Mira T. Lee’s new novel, and a performance by Roomful of Teeth.
A Wild and Crazy AnniversaryForty years ago, Steve Martin made comedy history with A Wild and Crazy Guy and “King Tut.”
Drawn From ExperienceWhat inspired comic artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Wilson Pickett, and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker?
Behind the Harlem Sound of Luke CageLuke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker on the show’s ’90s, New York, hip-hop vibe.
Fahrenheit 451 RekindledThe Ray Bradbury novel’s new relevance, the making of a Bowie mashup, and American Animals director Bart Layton.
Inside the National Recording Registry: “American Pie”The song where everyone knows the words, but few know what those words mean.
Pacific North-BestThe golden age of grunge—and moving beyond dumb grunge clichés—in the Pacific Northwest.
Apocalypse, WowHow Ann Dowd makes her dystopian character on The Handmaid’s Tale, Aunt Lydia, more believable, and how hippies in the late ’60s started obsessing over doomsday.
The Golden Age of Anonymous MusicThe curious world of vintage stock-music libraries, a groundbreaking radio thriller, and America’s most prestigious movie theater—the White House.
Happy Bernstein to You!As conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein changed the way audiences understood classical music.
Whee!The art of children at play: playground design, imaginary friends, and the unlikely histories of Barbie and the Frisbee.
Making It in ClevelandA citywide art survey in Ohio, a biblical reading on Beyoncé, and the mastery—and misery—of a quality control technician.
Here Comes the PitchThe new season of the music documentary podcast Pitch takes listeners behind the music of ISIS, blacklist jazz, Carnival, and more.
Rebels Without a PauseA revolutionary Public Enemy album turns 30, the history of protest art, and the Nancy comics reboot.
The Director of Hereditary on Family, Kids, and Other HorrorsThe influences behind Ari Aster’s debut film.
American Icons: The Vietnam MemorialHow do you memorialize a war that was more tragic than triumphant?