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Beyond “Citizen Kane”

Orson Welles was born a hundred years ago, in 1915. His movies are among the most acclaimed ever made, and, thirty years after his death, lost and unfinished works by Welles continue to resurface. But has the reputation of his most famous film obscured the greatness of his other works? Alex Ross and Richard Brody join Amelia Lester and David Haglund...

Beyond “Citizen Kane”

Orson Welles was born a hundred years ago, in 1915. His movies are among the most acclaimed ever made, and, thirty years after his death, lost and unfinished works by Welles continue to resurface. But has the reputation of his most famous film obscured the greatness of his other works? Alex Ross and Richard Brody join Amelia Lester and David Haglund...

What it Means to Be a Sports Fan

Your favorite team can stir your soul or break your heart. With the Mets—New York’s perennial baseball underdogs—in the playoffs, many New Yorkers are walking around with their sports-loving hearts on their sleeves. Sports lovers and New Yorkers Nicholas Dawidoff and Adam Gopnik join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss why we love the teams we...

What is R. & B. Now?

The Weeknd, a formerly shadowy figure whose songs are dark and sometimes disturbing, has reached the top of the pop charts. He’s part of a new crop of artists who are set to redefine a genre whose limits can be hard to define in the first place. What does their music share with chart-topping R. & B. predecessors who range from Aretha Franklin to...

The Pleasures of Disgust

From bugs and rats to mold and mucus, everyone is disgusted by something. But why? And why are we also attracted to the things that disgust us? Nicola Twilley and Joshua Rothman join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss our complicated relationship with all things icky.

Joan Didion: Writer and Icon

On the occasion of a new biography, Louis Menand and Thessaly La Force join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the pervasive influence of Joan Didion, both on and off the page.

Peter Hessler on writing about small towns.

In this week's issue, Peter Hessler writes about how the Egyptian revolution has played out Abydos, a small village in Upper Egypt. Here Sasha Weiss speaks with Hessler about why he likes to report from small towns, and how his years in China have helped him understand life in Egypt more clearly. Hessler explains how political power is expressed on...

This Podcast Will Change Your Life

Podcasts have been around for a decade now, but in the past year they have attained a new degree of mainstream popularity. What makes the format distinct? And why are there so many podcasts aimed at self-improvement? Sarah Larson and Andrew Marantz join hosts Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss what makes a great podcast and whether or not podcasts...

Serena and the Big Four

Over the next two weeks, tennis fans around the world will tune in to the U.S. Open. With Serena Williams in position to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam, and the foursome of Djokovic, Federer, Murray, and Nadal atop the men’s field, the stage is set for a memorable tournament. Nick Paumgarten and Reeves Wiedeman join Amelia Lester and David Haglund...

Keeping Secrets

In “Keeping Secrets,” Steve Coll writes about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal, arguing that, unfortunately for the candidate, the law around classified material can resemble a hall of mirrors.

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