Full episode - August 22, 2019
Beth Gibbons of Portishead performs in 1997.
How film noirs inspired Portishead’s album “Dummy,” gave novelist Karen Russell a creative breakthrough and launched the career of composer Carter Burwell.
Full story - August 22, 2019
Portishead’s “Dummy.”
How spy movie soundtracks fueled the defining trip hop album.
Full story - August 22, 2019
The author Karen Russell and the actor Robert Mitchum playing the Reverend Harry Powell in “The Night of the Hunter.”
The 1950s thriller that haunts author Karen Russell from book to book.
Full story - August 22, 2019
Carter Burwell in Amagansett, NY in 2011
Carter Burwell teaches Kurt Andersen how to talk like a film composer.
Full story - August 20, 2019
Laura Lippman and Edgar Allan Poe.
The acclaimed mystery writer tells Kurt about her fascination with Poe, and why Baltimore is a “good noir town.”
Full episode - August 15, 2019
The Woodstock crowd, 1969.
The oddity of Sha Na Na at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix’s searing performance of the national anthem, how Sly and the Family Stone’s album “Stand” sounded a note of hope in a turbulent time, and the surprising, life-changing influence of that other Woodstock — the “Peanuts” character.
Full story - August 15, 2019
An early publicity still for Sha Na Na.
How an Ivy League a cappella group opened for Hendrix and started a ‘50s nostalgia wave.
Full story - August 15, 2019
Jimi Hendrix plays at Woodstock.
This is the sound of a nation breaking at the seams.
Full story - August 15, 2019
"Stand!" by Sly and the Family Stone
In 1969, Sly and the Family Stone provided a funky soundtrack to the fight for freedom and equality. It’s just as relevant now as it was then.
Full story - August 15, 2019
Victoria de Puy and Geraldine de Puy at the Charles Schulz Museum.
The life changing influence of another Woodstock.