Art

Man with cigarette looking out from an apartment balcony
Interloper Films

The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe wanted to be more than just a photographer. He wanted to be a modern master. A new film offers a portrait of the artist who, at the height of his craft, flirted with self-destruction.

Two 19th-century women holding each other intimately
Wild Nights with Emily

After the show today you might just ditch everything you thought you knew about the poet Emily Dickinson. Filmmaker Madeleine Olnek’s new film tries to correct the idea a lot of us have of Dickinson as a sullen, distant recluse.

Mark Meloy

We recently uncovered a collection of essays by the late naturalist and environmentalist Ellen Meloy. So Wednesday, we're reintroducing you to the beauty and wit found in her extraordinary writing.

Oslo

Sep 25, 2018
Pioneer Theatre Company

Playwright JT Rogers joins us to talk about his award-winning Oslo. It's about the 1993 negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Rogers says theater, like diplomacy, works when it’s personal.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Sep 21, 2018
Bill Lile via CC/Flickr, https://bit.ly/2KKPuNf

Friday, we're talking about the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's such a weird and mysterious film, and it's considered Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. When it was released 50 years ago it drove the critics crazy, but audiences loved it.

Drawn poster detail of man as Macbeth.
Public Domain / Library of Congress

Tuesday, scholar Stephen Greenblatt joins us to talk about Shakespeare's tyrants. In many of his tragedies, he grappled with this question: why would anyone be drawn to a leader unsuited to govern?

Stephen Groo has made hundreds of DIY movies in an oddball style that has earned him big-name fans and a crowd of haters. A new documentary film follows Groo’s efforts to make his dream project: an elf-human romance flick.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Jul 11, 2018
Bill Lile via CC/Flickr, https://bit.ly/2KKPuNf

Wednesday, we're talking about the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's such a weird and mysterious film, and it's considered Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. When it was released 50 years ago it drove the critics crazy, but audiences loved it.

When he started shooting video of his skateboarding friends, Bing Liu figured he was just making another skating video. He ended up with a documentary film about the minefield of masculinity boys face on the road to adulthood.

Radio Hour Episode 12: Stand

Apr 26, 2018

What if the Pledge of Allegiance ended with "liberty and justice for all ... citizens"? Tune in April 26 for our 12th radio drama with Plan-B Theatre Company.

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