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American Icons: Nirvana’s “Nevermind”

Thursday, April 30, 2015

How did “Nevermind” come to define 90s rock — and make Nirvana the last universally acclaimed rock band?

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Mel Brooks & "Anything Goes"

Monday, March 09, 2015

This special edition brings you all things Mel Brooks: the landmark recording "2,000 Year-Old Man," the musical that inspired his love of show business, and of course, the man himself. 
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"Kind of Blue"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Even people who don’t like jazz know Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue.” What makes it so different — and why does it continue to influence musicians today?

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John Henry

Thursday, February 19, 2015

John Henry wins a race against the machine that threatens to take his job, but then he dies of exhaustion. Some victory.

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"Uncle Tom's Cabin"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

More than any other novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” helped promote the abolitionist cause. So how did “Uncle Tom” become a name for someone who betrays his race?

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American Icons: Uncle Tom, John Henry, & “Kind of Blue”

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Three American Icons: John Henry, the man who raced a machine and won (but also lost); Uncle Tom, who went from hero to villain; and “Kind of Blue,” the one jazz album everyone owns.

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American Icons: Buffalo Bill's Wild West

Thursday, January 29, 2015

William F. Cody’s stage show presented a new creation myth for America, bringing cowboys, Indians, settlers, and sharpshooters to audiences.

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American Icons: “Mad Magazine”

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Along with serving up a generous helping of dirtyish jokes and goofy parodies, “Mad Magazine” changed the way we consume pop culture and how we talk about world affairs.

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Broadcasting Live From 1914

Thursday, December 25, 2014

This week, Studio 360 travels back in time to 1914, reporting on the cultural landmarks of a remarkable year.

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American Icons: The Tramp

Thursday, December 25, 2014

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.

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American Icons: The Disney Parks

Friday, November 28, 2014

Walt Disney didn't just want a theme park — he wanted to create a scale model of a uniquely American utopia. 

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American Icons: "Migrant Mother"

Friday, November 14, 2014

Before it became the all-purpose image of hardship, Dorothea Lange’s famous portrait was just one of hundreds she shot to document poverty in the Depression.

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American Icons: Fiddler on the Roof

Friday, October 10, 2014

How a milkman from a Russian shtetl became a Broadway star and a hero of postwar American culture.

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Frances McDormand & Fiddler on the Roof

Friday, October 10, 2014

On this week’s show: Frances McDormand explains why it’s so important to choose strong female roles. And why do we still love Fiddler on the Roof?

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Who's Afraid of On the Media?

Friday, July 25, 2014

We asked On the Media's Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone to duke it out in this parody of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? from our American Icons episode on Mad Magazine.

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Tupac on Broadway & Mad Magazine

Friday, July 25, 2014

Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur, closed after just one month of performances. Reviews were lackluster and ticket sales disappointing. But the show’s star, poet and actor Saul Williams, says Broadway audiences need to get over recycled shows like Rocky and ...

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American Icons: Mad Magazine

Friday, July 25, 2014

From David Letterman to the writers of The Simpsons, generations of comedians and writers have grown up reading Mad Magazine. It changed the way we consume pop culture and the way we talk about world affairs — along with a generous helping of dirtyish jokes and goofy parodies.

Slideshow: The Evolution of Mad Magazine

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Broadcasting Live from 1914

Friday, June 27, 2014

This week, Studio 360 is broadcasting from 1914, covering the cultural happenings of a remarkable year. Charlie Chaplin debuted the Tramp, the character who defines the silent film era, in that year; one of America’s great newspaper cartoonists invented the first animated character, Gertie the dinosaur; and George Bernard Shaw ...

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American Icons: The Tramp

Friday, June 27, 2014

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.

Video: Charlie Chaplin in Kid Auto Races at Venice

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American Icons: The Scarlet Letter

Friday, May 16, 2014

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel about forbidden love among the Puritans captured our admiration for independence — and our craving for scandal. How much has changed in the 150 years since?  

Bonus Track: Tom Perrotta on Nathaniel Hawthorne's influence 

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