Culture And Society
Monday, June 30, 2014
The year 1914 is most often associated with the start of World War I, but it was also a year of incredible social and artistic change. Animation was invented, blues music went mainstream, Charlie Chaplin defined the golden age of silent films - and culture was changed forever.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro reveals the ways Shakespeare has influenced the United States’ literary heritage. His anthology Shakespeare in America reveals how, for over two centuries, the plays have been a prism through which crucial American issues—revolution, slavery, war, social justice—were debated and understood. American statesmen and presidents from John Adams to Bill Clinton offer their own testimonies to Shakespeare’s profound and enduring influence.
Monday, April 07, 2014
As a South Asian growing up in Texas, Arun Venugopal never thought twice about eating with his hands while at home but in public in front of his friends and strangers alike, it was a different story. Arun hits Wall Street to see if this taboo of his childhood is still relevant in NYC today.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Ranya Tabari Idliby discusses her experience being Muslim in America and how her family faces challenges in schools, friendships, and with neighbors. They are challenged by both Muslims who speak for them and by Americans who reject them. In her memoir, Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie, Idliby explores life as a Muslim in a world where hostility towards Muslims is common.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
The U.S. and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but our understanding of Mexico is often limited by what we typically see in the media, a laundry list of stereotypes and generalizations. You probably think you know Mexico because a.) you’ve been on vacation there, b.) because we’re neighbors, or c.) you have family there. But in spite of our proximity to Mexico, it remains a mystery to many. Join host Daniel Hernandez as he introduces us to the Mexico you don’t know, using stories rich in sound, place and humanity.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Families of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are asking people to mark the one year anniversary with acts of kindness. Today the Takeaway is joined by Colin Goddard, a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, and Megan Sullivan, sister of Alex Sullivan, a victim of the Aurora movie theater shooting. Together they discuss what kind of closure kindness can offer in the face of a severe trauma like a mass shooting.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Jimmy Nelson talks about photographing tribal cultures around the world, societies he feels should be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. His book Before They Pass Away includes images of customs and artifacts, and portraits of people who are the guardians of a culture that they hope will be passed on to future generations.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Kinks' singer/songwriter Ray Davies talks about falling in love with American movies, music, and culture as a boy in post-War England. He toured the United States with the Kinks until they were banned from performing there from 1965 to 1969. Then, when he was living in New Orleans, he was shot as a result of a botched robbery and nearly died. In Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, and the Road, the Story, Davies tries to make sense of his long love-hate relationship with the country that has both inspired and frustrated him.