American Classic

May 3, 2009
(was 04.30.2006)

Two people, a house, a pitchfork, and a barn. It's hard to find a better-known American painting than Grant Wood's masterpiece "American Gothic." But just who are those grim people, and why do they have such a hold on the American psyche? Here's the history of an American classic. Also, a slice of emotion, patriotism and pride – we'll take a look at one of this country's most revered desserts - a cultural and culinary taste of apple pie.

  1. Jeannette Walls on "The Glass Castle"

    Jeannette Walls is a famous gossip columnist in New York on MSNBC, but she's the child of hippies who lived a nomadic life in cars and abandoned buildings always one step ahead of their creditors.

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  2. Steven Biel on "American Gothic"

    Steven Biel talks about Grant Woods' iconic American painting: who the models were; how the painting's been received and why it's so often parodied.

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  3. Catherine Irwin & Janet Beverdige Bean on Freakwater

    Freakwater is an American country band. They're profiled by TTBOOK producer Veronica Rueckert. We hear lots of music from their new album, "Thinking of You."

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  4. John T. Edge on Apple Pies

    The best pies use ugly, tasty, local apples and have a good crust according to John T. Edge.

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