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I Was Haunted by Kent State Then. It’s Worse Now.

It's not because of the Second Amendment. It’s because of the NRA.

When Will Janet Jackson Get The Respect She Deserves?

A sincere apology to Janet Jackson would be a step in the right direction and a move towards righting a wrong that should never have occurred.

Why a 1947 Opera About Susan B. Anthony Feels Right Now

History comes around again in surprising ways. Places fall apart and are put back together. People come together, go away, and come back again....

In “Torch Song” Return, Fierstein Lights Beautiful Gay Flame

Michael Urie as Arnold Beckoff, Mercedes Ruehl as Ma Beckoff spark Kaufman's production.

“Downton Abbey” Star Does Double Time on Broadway

The playwright bounces time on his knee.

Ken Burns’ New Documentary and the Old Mistake of Vietnam

Vietnam was stupid, hopeless, murderous. "The Vietnam War," the series, has other flaws.

The Lessons of 1934: Why 2018 Activists Must Face Faith

Can artist activists see past their secular lens to possibilities and threats of religion?

Sanford Biggers Sculptures Evoke Violent History

Sanford Biggers' art shoots down racism and violence to combat historical amnesia.

“If Only”: Ann, Samuel, and the Love That Might Have Been

Upper-class white woman invites old romantic partner, an ex-slave, for a reunion.

5 Ways the Arts Show Us How to Hold Political Grudges

Holding political grudges against those a-holes in DC is your duty.

For Medieval Scholars, “Game of Thrones” is Bittersweet

GoT has drawn new interest to medieval times while also furthering misconceptions.
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“White Princess” is Fun Schlock; “Twin Peaks” Disappoints

Reviews of the Starz series "The White Princess" and Showtime's "Twin Peaks."

At JFK’s Centenary, Historian Steven Watts Views a Mixed Legacy

"JFK and the Masculine Mystique" looks at how extreme male energy branded the early 1960s.

Why Kathy Griffin Shouldn’t Apologize

Kathy Griffin holding Trump's severed "head" deserved no apology.

Mozart Librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, Dead Since 1838, Speaks

All I could manage was "Lorenzo Da Ponte, is that you?" To which he replied "Ha ha!"

Dominic Dromgoole Goes “Globe”-trotting with Hamlet

A new book describes the mission to perform "Hamlet" in every country on earth.

Three British Princesses Champion the Enlightenment

An exhibition shows these British princesses embraced progress, art and science.

Arts Integration: Radical Then, Still Radical Today

Although mentioned over a 100 years ago, arts integration in schools still isn't common.

“Finding Babel”: Family Documentary Uncovers Soviet History

The mystery remains unresolved, but as the film ends, we are invited into the search.

►Patriots Day’s Themo Melikidze Enters the Mind of a Terrorist

In this podcast, the Patriots Day star reflects on the Boston Marathon bombing.