Full story - November 06, 2019
Pianist Kathleen Kelly and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton perform at Carnegie Hall.
Jamie Barton puts a bisexual spin on classical music.
Full story - October 31, 2019
An icon of American horror.
These are the stories that introduced America to its dark side.
Full story - October 29, 2019
Studio photograph of Sylvia Plath (with brown hair) by Warren Kay Vantine, 1954 and the first printing of "The Bell Jar," 1966.
The making of “The Bell Jar,” and the unmaking of its author.
Full episode - October 24, 2019
Amy Sherald unveils her portrait of Michelle Obama in 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, and the 1960s garage band ? and the Mysterians.
The portraits of everyday people that Amy Sherald painted after her official Michelle Obama portrait, and the unlikely making — and legacy — of “96 Tears” by ? and the Mysterians.
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.