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The mortals who bring comic book characters to life.
An interview with Laurie Metcalf (“Three Tall Women,” “Roseanne,” “Lady Bird”), a miniature play and jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery.
American Icons 3-pack: “Amazing Grace,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “Spoon River Anthology.”
The triumph and tragedy of a pizza mascot.
Inside the heart and soul of American poetry.
How the multimedia artist bounced back from losing Lou Reed — and so much more.
The pioneers who turn the sound of everyday objects into music.
The case for the earnest Styx ballad, plus the Brothers Weisberg on “The Americans” and “Trumpcast,” living with the “Truman Show” disorder and remembering art collector Peggy Cooper Cafritz.
Midlife breakthroughs with Toni Morrison, David Chase and Philip Glass.
Underrated and overrated performances from this year’s Oscars, and how to make a political acceptance speech that doesn’t get booed.
Arts, Culture & Media
July 12, 2018
The music that makes Marvel’s hip-hop superhero.
How the 1965 R&B classic made Wilson Pickett a star.
The outrageous, pioneering comics of autobiographical cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.
June 28, 2018
If “Fifty Shades of Grey” is such a bestseller, who’s actually reading it?
How do you “shock hippies who thought they’ve seen everything” in 1972?
What inspires the music of Dirty Projectors?
What kind of art is made out of lint, dust and dirt?
The surprisingly complex design that goes into a simple baby diaper.
June 21, 2018
How Public Enemy brought the noise and revolutionized hip-hop.
How revolutionary art went from woodcuts to memes.
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