Full episode - December 05, 2019
“The Talented Mr. Ripley,” perfumer Tanwi Nandini Islam and a very moist cake.
An American Icons look at Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley” novels. Perfumer Tanwi Nandini Islam creates a fragrance based on Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.” And writer Sadie Stein goes to bat for the word “moist.”
Full story - December 05, 2019
American Icons: The Ripley Novels
Decades before such problematic protagonists as Don Draper and Walter White reinvented themselves, there was Tom Ripley.
Full story - December 05, 2019
Eau du Beloved
What would a fragrance based on Toni Morrison’s book “Beloved” smell like?
Full story - December 05, 2019
A moist chocolate cake.
Sadie Stein cannot understand why you would want a cake described as anything but “moist.”
Full episode - November 28, 2019
Jennifer Reeder, “Naked Came the Stranger” and the movie “Love Actually.”
Director Jennifer Reeder on her new film, “Knives and Skin.” The story behind the infamous 1969 literary hoax, “Naked Came the Stranger.” And screenwriter Oliver Butcher makes a case for a film that’s often snubbed as corny, “Love Actually.”
Full story - November 28, 2019
Jennifer Reeder
The director talks about the influences on her trippy new film, “Knives and Skin.”
Full story - November 28, 2019
A literary hoax for the ages.
How “Penelope Ashe” pulled off the biggest literary caper of the century.
Full story - November 28, 2019
Bill Nighy as Billy Mack with Video Vixens in “Love Actually.”
Cheesy? Or best Christmas movie ever?
Full story - November 26, 2019
Wynton Marsalis performs on stage.
Wynton Marsalis and the evolution of the swing rhythm, but with a classical twist.
Full episode - November 21, 2019
Willa Cather in Jaffrey, California, 1920; self portrait of Lynda Barry, and cinematographer Roger Deakins.
Giving Willa Cather’s “My Ántonia” its due. Cartoonist Lynda Barry professes her love for the oft-maligned “The Family Circus.” And Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins on why he’s not always trying to paint the prettiest picture.

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