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Beyond “Citizen Kane”
Orson Welles was born a hundred years ago, in 1915. His movies are among the most acclaimed ever made, and, thirty years after his death, lost and unfinished works by Welles continue to resurface. But has the reputation of his most famous film obscured the greatness of his other works? Alex Ross and Richard Brody join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the particular genius of Orson Welles, and his evolving legacy.
What it Means to Be a Sports Fan
Your favorite team can stir your soul or break your heart. With the Mets—New York’s perennial baseball underdogs—in the playoffs, many New Yorkers are walking around with their sports-loving hearts on their sleeves. Sports lovers and New Yorkers Nicholas Dawidoff and Adam Gopnik join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss why we love the teams we love.
What is R. & B. Now?
The Weeknd, a formerly shadowy figure whose songs are dark and sometimes disturbing, has reached the top of the pop charts. He’s part of a new crop of artists who are set to redefine a genre whose limits can be hard to define in the first place. What does their music share with chart-topping R. & B. predecessors who range from Aretha Franklin to R. Kelly? And what are they doing that is truly new? Carrie Battan and Kelefa Sanneh join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss what R. & B. has been and what it might become.
The Pleasures of Disgust
From bugs and rats to mold and mucus, everyone is disgusted by something. But why? And why are we also attracted to the things that disgust us? Nicola Twilley and Joshua Rothman join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss our complicated relationship with all things icky.
Joan Didion: Writer and Icon
On the occasion of a new biography, Louis Menand and Thessaly La Force join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the pervasive influence of Joan Didion, both on and off the page.