What It Means to Be American

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The author of A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO AMERICA talks about history, identity, and place and what they mean to her and in our current cultural moment.

  Ethan Stiefel on modern ballet and choreography

Dance First, Think Afterwards

An Interview with Ethan Stiefel

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A renowned dancer and artistic director talks about his unconventional career.

  Andrew Blauner on the genius of <em>Peanuts</em>

Good Old Charlie Brown

An Interview with Andrew Blauner

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Charles Schulz's Peanuts can still delight, sadden, and fascinate us seven decades after it premiered in newspapers. We spoke with the editor of a Peanuts writing anthology about why.

Naples In the Time of Cholera

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Our latest episode features Frank Snowden, author of Naples in the Time of Cholera, on what we can learn from a late-19th century pandemic.

James Shapiro on Shakespeare and Plagues

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Our latest episode features James Shapiro talking about a major theme in Shakespeare’s work and life: the plagues that ravaged London throughout his career.

The Octavian 2019 Holiday Book List

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We are pleased to announce the Octavian 2019 holiday book List. The list makes great year-end reading wherever you may be — and great gifts, if you are still looking.