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Playlist for a Polarized America for Thanksgiving and Beyond

Over the holidays, can our divided America reach across the table? Let's use a playlist and find out.

Hugh Hefner: A Son of a Bitch. God Rest His Soul.

People are complicated, few more so than Hugh Hefner.

Why I’m Afraid of White Women…and Taylor Swift

She is “innocent” yet wants to be able to inflict harm. That is a terrifying premise.

How Did “GoT” Get So Damned Popular? A Fan Explains.

The show abounds in families. Be it toxic or supportive, we all have them.

“After Andy”: When a Former London “It” Girl Went Warhol

In her memoir, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni also tells tales of Pinter, Jagger and Lagerfeld.

When Does Liberal Discourse Resemble Evangelicalism?

Evangelicals, liberals: what happens when their dialogue approaches resemble each other?
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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."

U.S.O.ver: Where Real Americans Perform Their Patriotism

"A protest party was required...a last hurrah before the world ended."

Prince Biographer Alex Hahn: Nothing Still Compares to U

Always looking for a sense of home, Prince finally found it in Paisley Park.

Jo Lampert Sparks David Byrne’s “Joan of Arc”

Alex Timbers, Steven Hoggett stage hot new look at the Maid of Orleans.

Estimating Audiences for a Hypothetical Arts Facility

Predicting who will come to an imagined performing arts facility.

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

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

Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band Rocks Out

Though rock is native neither to Norway nor to Hapa bands, the idea is fascinating.

Lara Fabian: Belgium’s Best-Loved Singer

So underrated that it almost beggars belief.

Welcome to Bet Hatikva: “The Band’s Visit”

What an enticing world-music-like original cast CD this one is going to be.

Las Vegas: Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Museums and More

Hot nightlife, bizarre museums, thrill-rides, insane shopping -- and, yes, showgirls.

Get Your Theater More Than an Audience–Build a Fandom

What church and K-pop can teach us about building a lifestyle around your organization.

Bookends: How Shakespeare Embodies Popular Culture

Shakespeare began as pop culture and has remained ever defined and shaped by pop culture.
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“Stranger Things” and the Limits of 1980s Nostalgia

The Stephen King/Steven Spielberg mash-up engrosses but fails to say anything new.

How a Millennial Channels Janis Joplin

"Some audience members think I’m truly drunk towards the end..."