Full story - December 12, 2019
The Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.
From Versailles to selfies: how the mirror created our culture of narcissism.
Full story - December 12, 2019
confetti
An artist finally lets the Clinton victory confetti fly.
Full story - December 12, 2019
Composer Philip Glass in 2002.
Philip Glass went from taxi driver to star composer overnight.
Full story - December 10, 2019
Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Carole King in July 1959.
How a bunch of teenagers in a midtown Manhattan office building changed pop music.
Full episode - December 05, 2019
“The Talented Mr. Ripley,” perfumer Tanwi Nandini Islam and a very moist cake.
An American Icons look at Patricia Highsmith’s “Ripley” novels. Perfumer Tanwi Nandini Islam creates a fragrance based on Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.” And writer Sadie Stein goes to bat for the word “moist.”
Full story - December 05, 2019
American Icons: The Ripley Novels
Decades before such problematic protagonists as Don Draper and Walter White reinvented themselves, there was Tom Ripley.
Full story - December 05, 2019
Eau du Beloved
What would a fragrance based on Toni Morrison’s book “Beloved” smell like?
Full story - December 05, 2019
A moist chocolate cake.
Sadie Stein cannot understand why you would want a cake described as anything but “moist.”
Full episode - November 28, 2019
Jennifer Reeder, “Naked Came the Stranger” and the movie “Love Actually.”
Director Jennifer Reeder on her new film, “Knives and Skin.” The story behind the infamous 1969 literary hoax, “Naked Came the Stranger.” And screenwriter Oliver Butcher makes a case for a film that’s often snubbed as corny, “Love Actually.”
Full story - November 28, 2019
Jennifer Reeder
The director talks about the influences on her trippy new film, “Knives and Skin.”

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