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The curious world of vintage stock music libraries, a groundbreaking radio thriller and America’s most prestigious cinema: the White House.
How “Walden” holds up, “I Will Survive” at 40 and Leonard Bernstein’s concerts for children.
Ken Jennings on the history — and ubiquity — of comedy, Picasso in Mira T. Lee’s new novel and a performance by Roomful of Teeth.
The art of children at play: playground design, imaginary friends and the unlikely histories of Barbie and the Frisbee.
A citywide art survey in Ohio, a biblical reading of Beyoncé and the mastery — and misery — of a quality control technician.
What inspired comic artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Wilson Pickett and “Luke Cage” showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker.
This is the home of America’s aspirations and its deepest contradictions.
When art is dirty ... and dirt is arty.
A revolutionary Public Enemy album turns 30, the history of protest art and the “Nancy” comics reboot.
The strange, creative influence of Florida.
Inside the National Recording Registry
August 16, 2018
The groundbreaking radio drama about crossed signals, and a phone call you weren’t supposed to hear.
How library music composers anonymously churned out some of the strangest, funkiest music of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
One man’s quest to find every movie ever seen by a US president.
August 09, 2018
Why do we still read a book about a cranky guy who lived in the woods?
When Gloria Gaynor recorded the B-side to her 1978 single, she knew it was a hidden hit.
How Leonard Bernstein introduced classical music to kids.
August 02, 2018
Experimental vocal group Roomful of Teeth performs live in our studio.
Author Mira T. Lee reads from her debut novel, “Everything Here is Beautiful.”
Are we approaching the comedy singularity?
July 26, 2018
Are kids with imaginary friends more creative?
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