More American Icons
Friday, November 12, 2010
“The men were all talking about the great American novel, the great American play,...the great American everything,” said Georgia O’Keeffe. “So I thought . . . I’ll make it an American painting.”
Friday, October 29, 2010
In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants to set her own destiny, and broke ground for countless writers who followed.
Friday, October 15, 2010
It’s not the fastest motorcycle or the fanciest, but to many Americans, a motorcycle is a Harley-Davidson.
Friday, October 01, 2010
All of America sings it at school and summer camp; Bruce Springsteen sang it at President Obama’s inauguration. Yet Woody Guthrie’s song was once called anti-American, even Communist.
Friday, July 23, 2010
How did Emily Dickinson's unusual poem about death become standard high school curriculum? Studio 360 takes a closer reading at a literary masterpiece.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Kurt Andersen explores how the Lincoln Memorial became America's soapbox, and how our yearning to connect with Lincoln speaks to the better angels of our nature.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Kurt Andersen follows the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discovers places in the Land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.
Friday, August 07, 2009
Andy Warhol told people he painted soup because he ate it for lunch every day, but the paintings remain mysterious more than 40 years later.
Friday, May 29, 2009
A look at the most famous little house in America: Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, still hanging off a cliff after nearly seventy years.
Friday, February 13, 2009
How did a German streetwalker become the All-American Girl? Writers, artists, scholars and (of course!) kids talk about the staying power of Barbie.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Kurt Andersen goes up, up and away with Superman and finds out why "The Man of Steel" remains as popular and elusive as ever.
Friday, August 10, 2007
A look at how the racial politics of Gone with the Wind play out today, and why the story still speaks to readers and viewers.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Miles Davis' groundbreaking album became the symbol for everything jazz could be: avant-garde, hip, and soulful.
Friday, November 24, 2006
With just a pair of baggy pants, a derby hat, mustache, floppy shoes, and his own physical genius, Charlie Chaplin created silent film's most memorable character - the Tramp.
Friday, November 24, 2006
We trace the ballad of John Henry back to its origins - a cautionary tale about working too hard.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Andy Warhol started painting Campbell's soup cans around the same time he was painting Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. For him, Campbell's was a "star" just like any movie pinup, and he made thousands over the course of his career. Warhol told people he painted soup because he ate it ...
Saturday, January 07, 2006
In 1942, the composer Aaron Copland was commissioned to write a piece of music for the choreographer Martha Graham. Dance and music in America have never been the same.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
The soup cans are probably the most recognizable images in American art, and Warhol intended it that way. He borrowed the Campbell's brand fame to help make his own; he appeared in Time in 1962 as part of the Pop revolution that was remaking art — destroying the serious, sublime ...
Saturday, November 19, 2005
You may think you know the story, but Kurt Andersen and guests will take you to places in the land of Oz that are more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined. We’ll meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt ...
Saturday, November 05, 2005
In this Peabody Award-winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of Moby-Dick. Herman Melville’s white whale survived his battle with Captain Ahab only to surface in the works of contemporary filmmakers, painters, playwrights and musicians. Kurt Andersen explores the influence of this American icon with the help of Ray ...