How a bunch of teenagers in a midtown Manhattan office building changed pop music.
Carter Burwell teaches Kurt Andersen how to talk like a film composer.
The acclaimed mystery writer tells Kurt about her fascination with Poe, and why Baltimore is a “good noir town.”
In “Anthem: Homunculus,” John Cameron Mitchell and composer Bryan Weller have found a unique platform for a musical: a podcast. They join Kurt Andersen to discuss the shows origins, and perform a song live in our studio.
Helen Phillips remembers her most devastating reading experience.
Why Nat King Cole is a legend and still relevant today, on his centennial.
How the quietest show on TV cut through all the noise.
Casey Trela watches movies for a living.
Fifty years ago, the Beatles sent millions of blank canvases out into the world.
How someone who grew up thinking Lawrence Welk was square grew to find him oddly progressive ... and even subversive.
Some guitarists live in Django Reinhardt’s shadow. Stephane Wrembel chooses to live in his light.