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Crufts Dog Show in 2017
December 28, 2017

Staff picks, 2017 (Volume 1)

Some of our favorite segments from 2017: Thelma Schoonmaker, who has been Martin Scorsese’s film editor for almost four decades; Half-Hanged Mary, one of the inspirations behind “The Handmaid’s Tale”; writer Yewande Omotoso, who moved to South Africa during Apartheid; and making a case for the movie that gets no love, “The Godfather, Part III.”

"Ode to Billie Joe" on vinyl
December 21, 2017

Where is Bobbie Gentry?

Alexander Payne on avoiding Hollywood temptations, Aisha Harris on why “Gone with the Wind” may be a Confederate monument and the enduring mystery of “Ode to Billie Joe.”

Psychologist E. Paul Torrance, creator of the Torrance Tests, with gifted children at the University of Georgia College of Education in the 1970s
December 14, 2017

So you think you’re creative?

What do we mean by creativity? How can we encourage it and measure it? From imaginary friends to jazz musicians in fMRI machines, we explore the creative brain.

Sydney Lucas (L) performs a scene from "Fun Home" with a cast member during the Tony Awards in New York June 7, 2015.
December 07, 2017

Gay theater, then and now

NYT Theater critic Jesse Green and playwright Paul Rudnick weigh in on groundbreaking gay theater.

The Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida
November 30, 2017

American Icons: The Disney Parks

Stories from inside the oddly touching, sometimes creepy, deeply American utopia that Walt Disney created.

Scarlet Letter Lobby Card
November 22, 2017

American Tricon

Three American Icon segments about women’s identity in works by Hawthorne, Porter and Sherman.

Alec Baldwin
November 16, 2017

I'm the boss, baby

Kurt Andersen talks to Alec Baldwin about playing Donald Trump, how the actor depicts villains, and his favorite depictions of villains in the movies. Plus filmmaker Taika Waititi on the jump from making low-budget comedies to making “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Annie Baker
November 09, 2017

The agonies of small talk

Newly minted MacArthur geniuses: Annie Baker tackles small talk in her plays, Jesmyn Ward depicts rural African American life in her novels, and Taylor Mac’s 24-hour review of the entire history of American pop music.

Tracey Ullman
November 02, 2017

Tracey Ullman is such a character

An artist searches for Hillary Clinton’s victory confetti that was never dropped on Election Night. Plus Kurt Andersen interviews the sketch comedy genius Tracey Ullman as well as novelist and YouTube star John Green.

An American in Paris
October 26, 2017

Dance Studio 360

Happy feats. Choreographer Twyla Tharp’s unapologetic love of popular music, a belly dancer inspired by Bono, what happens when your middle-aged parents suddenly become obsessed with tango dancing, applying scientific principles to ballet and how Christopher Wheeldon brought “An American in Paris” to the stage.