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.

Soul Singer

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Contemporary fado star Cristina Branco explains what fado is and why this mysterious folk music from Portugal is so powerful.