February 11, 2021

Malcolm X in Boston and Beyond

This show first aired on February 13, 2020. The life of Malcolm X is the classic hero’s journey, in a setting we almost know: a...| More
February 4, 2021

Market Mania

Casino capitalism is the polite old phrase for the rigged game of high finance. Shark tank frenzy is a better fit for the action on...| More
January 28, 2021

Presidential Poetry

Amanda Gorman did more than steal the show, more than capture Joe Biden’s inaugural moment. She may have opened a new road in poetry as...| More
January 21, 2021

Moral Prophecy

Thomas Jefferson said: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” That is eighteenth-century American language for an intuition that never...| More
January 14, 2021

The Abyss

The omens are powerful and clear for the American future—that is, for a reputedly sane and stable multi-racial democracy. It’s just that the two auguries...| More
January 7, 2021

St. Louis Blues

The city of St. Louis is the story of this hour. At the heart of North America, where the great Missouri River joins the Mississippi,...| More
December 31, 2020

Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach

This show first aired on May 21, 2020. The force of art to rescue a world breaking down; the power of music in particular to...| More
December 24, 2020

Greta Gerwig Meets Louisa May Alcott

This show originally aired January 23, 2020. In the Oscar-excitement around the new Little Women, director Greta Gerwig has a note for all of us:...| More
December 17, 2020

The Joy and Genius of Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner, the jazz pianist, is undergoing an upward revaluation of the sort that artists dream of: a reputational transition forty-some years after he died....| More
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