Full episode - May 23, 2019
Santino Fontana and company in the Broadway production of “Tootsie.”
An all-theater episode, including deconstructing the patter song, Taylor Mac’s latest on Broadway and how so much Shakespeare ended up in so many parks.
Full story - May 23, 2019
Sarah Stiles and Andy Grotelueschen in the Broadway production of “Tootsie.”
The rapid-fire, tongue-twisting “patter song” is a staple of musical theater. Linguist John McWhorter explores the patter song’s history, while “Tootsie” composer David Yazbek gives a masterclass on writing one.
Full story - May 23, 2019
Taylor Mac
Why the MacArthur “Genius” thinks Broadway might be “the queerest thing ever.”
Full story - May 23, 2019
Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks.
Shakespeare outside in the summer seems as natural as beaches or baseball. But first it had to overcome fears that it was demonic.
Full episode - May 22, 2019
Billie Holiday’s 1956 album “Lady Sings the Blues.”
How the legendary jazz singer transformed pain into art on her 1956 album.
Full episode - May 16, 2019
The muse and the master, Werner Herzog.
Herzog on "Meeting Gorbachev," “When Doves Cry” at 35, and directing TV comedy.
Full story - May 16, 2019
Director Werner Herzog and former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev in the new documentary “Meeting Gorbachev.”
The craft behind Herzog’s unmistakable voice-over.
Full story - May 16, 2019
Beth McCarthy-Miller (center) on the set of “30 Rock” with Tina Fey (left) and guest star Matt Damon (right).
A surprise lesson in directing Donald Trump.
Full story - May 16, 2019
A screenshot from Prince’s music video “When Doves Cry.”
How Prince’s bold sonic experiment became the biggest single of 1984.
Full story - May 09, 2019
“2001: A Space Odyssey,” an American Icon.
It’s HAL’s world — we just live in it.

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