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The end.

The final episode

Alec Baldwin conducts Kurt Andersen’s exit interview, TV writers school us on the art of the finale and Rosanne Cash plays one last song for the road.

Maya Angelou’s "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” Public Enemy’s “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” and TLC.

Public Enemy’s groundbreaking album, Maya Angelou’s classic memoir and Angie Thomas on TLC

The revolutionary “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back,” how Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” changed everything and finding solace in a TLC lyric.

Yanni, Delilah and Bim Adewunmi

Delilah, the making of Yanni and loving ‘Sweet Valley High’

Romantic advice and pop music with Delilah. The improbable starmaker that brought us Yanni and John Tesh. And why Bim Adewunmi still loves the “Sweet Valley High” books.

The Oscars return.

The Oscar episode

Academy Award contenders including Quentin Tarantino, Adam Driver and Antonio Banderas.

Henry Fonda in “12 Angry Men” and Cuphead.

‘12 Angry Men’ and the music of Cuphead

How “12 Angry Men” spawned the modern courtroom procedural, and how Kris Maddigan composed a jazz score for Cuphead, the video game.

Wynton Marsalis and Kate Bush

Wynton Marsalis and Kate Bush

How Wynton Marsalis became immersed in classical music, and why Kate Bush’s “Hounds of Love” has drawn such wide and diverse admiration.

“West Side Story” and Garry Winogrand’s “Central Park Zoo”

Images of New York: ‘West Side Story’ and Garry Winogrand’s ‘Central Park Zoo’

Two segments from our new series, New York Icons, are both from midcentury and both uptown: the original “West Side Story” Broadway production and the famously controversial photo from Garry Winogrand, a street photography pioneer.

Ranky Tanky, Tig Notaro and Jamie Barton.

Tig Notaro’s case for Nickelback, Ranky Tanky live and Jamie Barton’s bisexual spin on classical music

Ranky Tanky performs live and explains the influence of Gullah music. Why Tig Notaro loves a song by Nickelback — and doesn’t care if you hate them. And mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton’s take on performing songs about women that were intended to be sung by men.

“2001: A Space Odyssey,” an American Icon.

American Icons: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

How Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece is still shaping our future.

The Brill Building and a “Mugmates” advertisement.

Jukebox heroes

How the Brill Building cranked out hits in the late ’50s and early ’60s … and why that era’s “Mugmates” wasn’t one of them.