Tuesday, May 8

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Delta Dawn

“There was no Delta blues before there were cheap, readily available steel-string guitars. And those guitars, which transformed American culture, were brought to the boondocks by Sears, Roebuck & Co.”

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Not Nice

A profile of Maurice Sendak.

Saturday, May 5

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How Chicago House Got Its Groove Back

A look at Chicago’s DJ culture in the ’90s.

One day in 1997, Sneak promised his friend and fellow Chicago DJ Derrick Carter a new 12-inch for Carter's label Classic, then spent hours fruitlessly laboring over a basic, bustling four-four beat. Finally, Sneak gave in and smoked the J he'd had stashed for later in the day. When he came back inside, he carelessly dropped the needle onto a Teddy Pendergrass LP, heard the word "Well . . . ," and realized, "That's the sample, right there." He threaded Pendergrass's 20-year-old disco hit "You Can't Hide From Yourself" through a low-pass filter to give it the effect of going in and out of aural focus, creating one of the definitive Chicago house singles.

Friday, May 4

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Lay It Down, Clowns!

The Beastie Boys on tour in Los Angeles shortly after the release of their debut album, Licensed to Ill.

Thursday, May 3

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The Oakling and the Oak

On “Poor Hartley,” the son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Wednesday, May 2

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Myths And Depths

A free-ranging conversation between music writers Simon Reynolds and Greil Marcus.

Tuesday, May 1

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Colossal in Scale, Appalling in Complexity

On Norman Bel Geddes, pioneer of miniatures and maker of the “most iconic World’s Fair exhibit of all time.”

Saturday, April 28

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How Samuel L. Jackson Became His Own Genre

A profile of the hardworking Samuel L. Jackson, whose movies have grossed more than any actor’s ever.

Wednesday, April 25

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A Rumbling of Things Unknown

On Marilyn Monroe and the pains of post-war America.

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The Sorkin Way

On the set of Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO show The Newsroom.

Tuesday, April 24

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The Man Who Hacked Hollywood

How a lonely, self-taught hacker found his way into the private emails of movie stars – and into the underworld of the celebrity-skin business.

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The Stalking of Korean Hip Hop Superstar Daniel Lee

The story of a bizarre—and bizarrely effective—smear campaign.