Full episode - January 16, 2020
“West Side Story” and Garry Winogrand’s “Central Park Zoo”
Two segments from our new series, New York Icons, are both from midcentury and both uptown: the original “West Side Story” Broadway production and the famously controversial photo from Garry Winogrand, a street photography pioneer.
Full episode - January 09, 2020
Ranky Tanky, Tig Notaro and Jamie Barton.
Ranky Tanky performs live and explains the influence of Gullah music. Why Tig Notaro loves a song by Nickelback — and doesn’t care if you hate them. And mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton’s take on performing songs about women that were intended to be sung by men.
Full story - January 09, 2020
Look at this photograph.
Comedian Tig Notaro makes a case for why the song “Photograph” by Canadian rock band Nickelback is actually great.
Full story - January 07, 2020
Garry Winogrand, "Central Park Zoo."
The philosophies of a master street photographer, and the story of how he took his most controversial picture.
Full story - December 26, 2019
A small boat heads out into the sea ice in western Greenland.
A short story turned radio drama by Kurt Andersen.
Full episode - December 26, 2019
“2001: A Space Odyssey,” an American Icon.
How Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece is still shaping our future.
Full story - January 02, 2020
Commander David Bowman (Keir Dullea) in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
“My distrust of technology comes entirely from that movie.”
Full story - December 26, 2019
Actor Gary Lockwood on set with director Stanley Kubrick during the filming of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
It’s HAL’s world — we just live in it.
Full episode - December 19, 2019
The Brill Building and a “Mugmates” advertisement.
How the Brill Building cranked out hits in the late ’50s and early ’60s ... and why that era’s “Mugmates” wasn’t one of them.
Full story - December 19, 2019
A magazine advertisement for the “Mugmates” campaign from April 1961.
Who was trying to turn decorated coffee mugs into the latest teenage craze via a 1961 pop song?