Full story - October 24, 2019
Amy Sherald and her painting, “Handsome,” 2019.
Michelle Obama’s portraitist is a case study in seeing art in person.
Full story - October 24, 2019
The 1966 album “96 Tears” from ? and the Mysterians.
How a group of Mexican American teenagers in the 1960s may have spawned punk rock.
Full story - October 22, 2019
Ranky Tanky
How a centuries-old musical tradition inspired the Billboard-topping jazz hits of Ranky Tanky.
Full episode - October 17, 2019
John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in “The Searchers” and Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
An American Icon two-fer: rewatching the movie that made an art of talking back to movies, and John Ford’s racially problematic masterpiece.
Full story - October 17, 2019
A problematic classic.
The complicated legacy of John Ford’s problematic masterpiece starring John Wayne.
Full story - October 16, 2019
American Icons: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
How an epic flop became the longest-running theatrical release in U.S. movie history.
Full story - October 15, 2019
Kate Bush’s 1985 album, “Hounds of Love.”
How Kate Bush’s album captivated musicians as varied at Outkast’s Big Boi and singer Julia Holter.
Full episode - October 10, 2019
An American Icon and Liz Phair.
How Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” changed everything, and Liz Phair on her new memoir.
Full story - October 10, 2019
The book and its author in 1998.
How Maya Angelou’s first book came to be loved — and banned — so much.
Full story - October 10, 2019
Liz Phair
In a new memoir, “Horror Stories,” singer-songwriter Liz Phair chronicles the simple but profound moments that shaped her character.