How Walden holds up, “I Will Survive” at 40, and Leonard Bernstein’s concerts for children.
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?
When Bad People Make Good ArtHow should journalists cover the work of those exposed in the #MeToo era?
The Sound of One Claw Slashing (SNIKT!)How Brendan Baker and Chloe Prasinos created a sound-rich world for Marvel’s Wolverine: The Long Night.
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.
American Animals: Bart Layton’s New Breed of True CrimeHow filmmaker Bart Layton blurred the line between a feature and a documentary to create American Animals.
Ch-ch-changes: Making the Bowie MashupHow Tony Visconti, Bowie’s longtime producer, captured the artist’s career in a 15-minute remix.
American TriconsAn American Icons three-pack: “Amazing Grace,” Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Spoon River Anthology.
A Void: The NoidWriter Nell Scovell on comedy sketches and sketchy men, and Mount Eerie on heartbreaking loss.
A Room of Nell Scovell’s OwnThe writer for The Simpsons, Late Night With David Letterman, and Newhart on being the only woman in the writers’ room.