October 14, 2021

Prison Playwrights

Prison time can be the strangest interval in a long life: it is experienced, year by year, as a slow-burning hell on earth, often revalued...| More
October 7, 2021

Franzen Comes Alive

Jonathan Franzen might just be the last of the fine-grained, big-book portraitists of “the way Middle America lives”—specially the intimate deceptions that family relations are...| More
September 30, 2021

Thoroughly Modern Mozart

Who else could be said to make you smarter, just listening to the sound of his music? Only Mozart, that we know. For 300-and-some years...| More
September 23, 2021

Mann the Magician

Thomas Mann was one of those cultural giants the world doesn’t seem to make anymore—artists with authority, almost as big as their countries, at the...| More
September 16, 2021

Moonshot Economics

It’s hard not to notice that we’re flunking tests, right and left, and running out of strategies against global-size troubles. COVID, we said, was our...| More
September 9, 2021

Tragic Architecture

Those twin towers of the World Trade Center wrote two epic stories into the skyline of Manhattan: rise and fall. Most of us saw the...| More
September 2, 2021

The Joy and Genius of Erroll Garner

This show first aired on December 17, 2020. Erroll Garner, the jazz pianist, is undergoing an upward revaluation of the sort that artists dream of:...| More
August 26, 2021

The End of the War

The war for Afghanistan is over: the Taliban won in a walk. We’re shocked, more than surprised, but then what? Is this our American empire at...| More
August 19, 2021

Tarantino’s 9th

This show first aired on August 8, 2019. Spoiler alert! (Really.) The big movie to reckon with this summer may be as much about the...| More
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