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A book on fire.
June 07, 2018

‘Fahrenheit 451’ rekindled

The Ray Bradbury novel’s new relevance, plus the making of a Bowie mashup and “American Animals” director Bart Layton.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
May 31, 2018

American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

How do you memorialize a war that was more tragic than triumphant? Inscribed with the name of every fallen soldier, Maya Lin’s granite wall became a sacred place for veterans.

Jim Henson and his creation, Kermit the Frog, sit in front of a mural by Coulter Watt.
May 24, 2018

Muppet regime

How Jim Henson brought the Muppets to life.

Someone’s been busy.
May 16, 2018

Pet projects

How pets inspire and confound us.

Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Rita Moreno and Marcel Ruiz from “One Day At A Time.”
May 09, 2018

One mom at a time

Women who create stories about what it means to be a mother now.

A pile of Marvel and DC comics.
May 03, 2018

Super humans

The mortals who bring comic book characters to life.

Laurie Metcalf in “Three Tall Women”
April 26, 2018

One tall woman

An interview with Laurie Metcalf (“Three Tall Women,” “Roseanne,” “Lady Bird”), a miniature play and jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery.

"Uncle Tom's cabin" by Nace Brock
April 19, 2018

American Tricons

American Icons 3-pack: “Amazing Grace,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “Spoon River Anthology.”

Domino’s Pizza mascot The Noid
April 12, 2018

A void: The Noid

The triumph and tragedy of a pizza mascot.

Walt Whitman in Brooklyn, 1872
April 05, 2018

Poets who know it

Inside the heart and soul of American poetry.