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The Crack Monster: The Mystery Behind Sesame Street’s Creepiest Cartoon

The Sesame Street cartoon that terrified children and created an obsession.

Feb. 14 2019 5:00 PMSex SeenSex on the screen—first times, an intimacy coach, and bisexual pride. Plus, Reality Bites at 25.
Feb. 5 2019 6:00 AM“It Is Electrifying in There”Kids on the spectrum—and their families—let it go at a special performance of Frozen.
Jan. 24 2019 5:00 PMShall We Dance?Dance, movement, and the music that moves you to dance.
Jan. 17 2019 5:00 PMThe Mother of All AbstractionA new exhibition at the Guggenheim suggests it was Hilma af Klint who invented abstraction—so why has she been practically unknown for the last century?
Jan. 8 2019 6:00 AMTales From the ScriptHow John August fell in love with screenwriting—and illuminates the craft for aspirants.
Dec. 27 2018 5:00 PMBest of 2018, Part 1Some of our favorite stories from the past year, including library music, the Noid, and Angélique Kidjo.
Dec. 20 2018 5:00 PMA Movie Hallmark, and Hallmark MoviesJohn Ford’s problematic masterpiece The Searchers and an inexplicable love for Hallmark Christmas movies.
Dec. 11 2018 6:00 AMCan You Ever Forgive Lee Israel?The literary con artist talks about her criminal past, now adapted into the film Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy.
Nov. 29 2018 5:00 PMMy Fair LyricistLyricist Alan Jay Lerner’s centennial, and more theater magic with impresario Jack Viertel and Sweat in the Rust Belt.
Nov. 22 2018 5:00 PMAmerican Tricons: Harley, Hendrix, and O’KeeffeAmerica’s love affair with a motorcycle, plus Georgia O’Keeffe’s Southwestern masterpieces and how Jimi Hendrix summed up the Vietnam War with a single guitar solo.
Nov. 13 2018 6:00 AMTo Distill a MockingbirdHow the Harper Lee classic still finds fans—and detractors.
Nov. 1 2018 5:00 PMDone and DonerThe art of finishing—how creative people get unstuck and creative projects get back on course.
Oct. 25 2018 5:00 PMScents and SensibilitiesHow a perfumer concocts a scent from Toni Morrison’s Beloved, the mysterious betrayal at the heart of the documentary Shirkers, and making sense of “American Pie.”
Oct. 16 2018 6:00 AMDay Jobs: Respiratory TherapistStacey Rose is a playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, and … respiratory therapist.
Oct. 4 2018 5:00 PMMind the Generation GapMillennials and boomers do battle in Boomer1, learning to love Lawrence Welk, and Argentine experimental musician Juana Molina performs live.
Feb. 7 2019 5:00 PMHonky-Tonk AngelsThe past, present, and future of country music.
Jan. 31 2019 5:00 PMFound in TranslationHow Natasha Wimmer translates Bolaño, plus theater about gynecology’s unconscionable founder and fine art made of carpet.
Jan. 22 2019 6:00 AMFrom Aria Code: Dalila, the Femme FataleThe wildly beautiful aria that drives Samson wild.
Jan. 10 2019 5:00 PMDigging Into DougThe quietly enduring impact of Nickelodeon’s Doug, plus artist Rina Banerjee and the migrant-camp play The Jungle.
Jan. 3 2019 5:00 PMBest of 2018, Part 2Some of our favorite stories from last year: Daniela Vega, the drudgery of a movie and TV quality-control technician, novelist Lauren Groff’s complicated relationship with Florida, and an oral history of hip-hop pirate radio station WBAD.
Dec. 25 2018 7:00 AMWelcome to The JungleHow a new play puts the audience inside a migrant camp.
Dec. 13 2018 5:00 PMArt That Grows on YouThe Muppets, picture books, and other childhood pursuits you never outgrew.
Dec. 6 2018 5:00 PMUnhung HeroesA scholarly look at why men in classical art are so slightly endowed, plus how a writer thinks about her day job as a respiratory therapist and holiday fiction from Kurt Andersen.
Nov. 27 2018 6:00 AMAha Moment: An Odd Path to PlathWhere a troubled teen discovered Sylvia Plath: in a Charlie Sheen TV movie.
Nov. 15 2018 5:00 PMSettlers, UnsettledA haunting opera about Homestead Act settlers, plus new leads in the Gardner Museum heist, a “White Album” obsessive, and a Buffalo Tom member’s day job in the leafy suburbs.
Nov. 8 2018 5:00 PMThe Deal of the ArtNathaniel Kahn’s documentary about the art market, plus the making of a Talking Heads masterpiece and Kenneth Lonergan on writing plays and movies.
Oct. 30 2018 6:00 AMHome, Sweat, HomeHow Sweat, the Pulitzer Prize–winning labor drama by Lynn Nottage, made the jump from Broadway glitz to blue-collar communities.
Oct. 18 2018 3:22 PMPure SpeculationThe many aspects of speculative fiction—sci-fi, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and everything else otherworldly.
Oct. 11 2018 5:00 PMAll Most FamousTheresa Rebeck on Sarah Bernhardt, Justine Bateman on fame waxing and waning, and a pirate radio station that got too famous for the FCC.
Oct. 2 2018 7:00 AMInside the National Recording Registry: “American Pie”The song where everyone knows the words, but few know what those words mean.

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