Producer Picks

Daring to Offend
Talking about race is fraught these days, so it took guts for Paul Beatty to write his novel "The Sellout." It's a satire about a young black man who winds up on trial at the Supreme Court. And along...
What Comes After Homo Sapiens?
History began when humans invented gods.  It will end when we become gods.  Yuval Noah Harari's sweeping and provocative Sapiens retells the history of our species from an entirely new perspective. ...
Police Shooting Spotlights Madison's Racial Disparities
Justice for Tony
In the days following the police shooting of an unarmed biracial teenager in Madison, Wisconsin, many here have been wondering how such a tragedy could occur in a community that prides itself on its...
It's Alive
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus,” was published on March 11th, 1818. That got us thinking about Steve’s conversation with Richard Holmes about how Shelley’s...
Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf delivered the manuscript of “The Voyage Out,” her first novel, to her publisher on March 9th, 1913. Seems like the perfect time to revisit our conversation with Woolf biographer Nigel...
Live From China, It's Saturday Night
Following 40 years of broadcast here in the U.S., “Saturday Night Live” recently announced that it’s going to launch a Chinese version. That got us thinking about our conversation with Anne Beatts,...
Lars Svendsen On How Fashion Shaped the Modern World
Philosopher Lars Svendsen recalls being met with outrage when he told his colleagues he was writing a book on fashion, after all, it’s a subject that’s often viewed as frivolous -- certainly not...
The Reluctant Groom
Edmund White reflects on his life as a writer and activist.
The Fashion Lens
Fashion Show
A lot of people dismiss fashion as frivolous, but it's a great lens through which to study race, gender and class politics.

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