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March 31, 2021
The Places John Lurie Can Take You
A cult musician, actor, and director returns with a television show that’s nominally about painting but is in reality a creative and spiritual journey.
March 9, 2021
The Four Horsemen of the Media Apocalypse
The legacies of Trump, Limbaugh, Murdoch, and Ailes are a lasting plague of misinformation, propaganda, and fake news.
February 18, 2021
What Popular Culture Misunderstands About Addiction
Much of the film and TV we consume misleads audiences with inaccurate and harmful depictions of recovery and treatment.
January 27, 2021
Luca Guadagnino’s Meditation on Youth
His HBO series
We Are Who We Are
looks at teenagehood less as a time in one’s life than as a mindset one inhabits.
January 13, 2021
A ‘Daily Show’ Cocreator on Karens, Crickets, and Comedy After Trump
Lizz Winstead says, “If you can still laugh, you haven’t lost your capacity for hope.”
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October 26, 2020
‘PEN15’ Is So Good It Hurts
How the Hulu show reinvents the coming-of-age story.
October 22, 2020
The Disabled Community Doesn’t Want Your Pity
Why former telethon participants are protesting the return of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s most famous fundraising effort.
July 28, 2020
The Tangle of Desire and Class in ‘Normal People’
The television adaptation of the Sally Rooney novel depicts how people can fall in love in a world structured by power.
July 15, 2020
John Early Is the Left’s Funniest Comedian
We talked to Early about his socialist heroes, the latest season of HBO’s
, and how comedy is facing the politics of the moment.
July 14, 2020
On the Record
’s Act of Witness
Telling the stories of three women who accused Russell Simmons of sexual assault, the documentary is a powerful case study in how institutions have failed Black women.