This is the novel that gave slavery a bad name.
The movie that changed the face of American action by creating a new kind of black male lead, and kickstarting Blaxploitation.
The story behind Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts.
How a milkman from a Russian shtetl became a Broadway star and a hero of postwar American culture.
Dorothea Lange’s photo of a mother and her children became the iconic image of the Great Depression. But both Lange and the woman in the photo came to wish she hadn’t taken it.
To celebrate Independence Day, WNYC is airing a marathon of Studio 360's American Icons series. Hear all five featured documentaries here.
A landmark in American poetry, Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology” shocked readers when it came out in 1915 by tackling subjects like suicide and sex.
How did “Nevermind” come to define 90s rock — and make Nirvana the last universally acclaimed rock band?
This special edition brings you all things Mel Brooks: the landmark recording "2,000 Year-Old Man," the musical that inspired his love of show business, and of course, the man himself.
Even people who don’t like jazz know Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue.” What makes it so different — and why does it continue to influence musicians today?
John Henry wins a race against the machine that threatens to take his job, but then he dies of exhaustion. Some victory.