Art

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.

Dina

Mar 21, 2018

Dina Buno is an outspoken, eccentric, and independent woman on the autism spectrum. A new documentary film captures the endearing cadences and candid conversations of her topsy-turvy romantic relationship and passionate pursuit of real intimacy.

Wednesday, we're talking about the big bucks business of the contemporary art world with director Nathaniel Kahn. His new documentary film examines the role of art and artistic passion in today's money-driven, consumer-based society.

The 1952 film High Noon is a Hollywood classic about a man standing up for what he believes, even as his community abandons him. For the man who wrote the screenplay, it's a political parable about his personal struggles during the Red Scare.


Filmmaker Bill Morrison's latest film has very few words or talking heads. It's mostly made of clips from silent movies buried for decades beneath a swimming pool in the Canadian Yukon. 

Handel's Messiah

Dec 15, 2017
Kelsie Moore/KUER

We’ve just posted a film about an exquisite aria from Handel’s Messiah. So Friday, we’re talking about the oratorio. It’s a story with scandal, godliness, and of course, beautiful music.

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