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Crime and Punishment
The Double Life of Aaron Hernandez

Netflix’s Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez is a cautionary tale about self-deception and moral passivity.

National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution)
Do You Hear What I Hear?
The Jazz Magi of Carnegie Hall

There’s no better Christmas listen than “From Spirituals to Swing”—two jazzy Yuletide concerts from the late 1930s, brought to you by John Hammond and the wise men and women of rhythm.

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Trick or Treat
Ghosting Time

A radio program from 70 years ago provides a timely lesson in what we lose with our obsession with “next, next, next” at the sake of “was,” “is,” and “will be.”

Herman Melville, Portrait by Joseph O. Eaton (Wikimedia Commons)
Herman Melville at 200
Bartleby, the Safe-Spacer

Melville’s classic story is a blast of truth from 1853 on behalf of coddled lives in 2019.

RKO Pictures
Vegetative Vampires
Howard Hawks’s The Thing and Our Echo Chamber Age

In the 1951 classic, an otherworldly being feeds on all-too-human fears—and shows how bonds can fragment in a climate of paranoia and distrust.

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Trick or Treat
Quietly Yours

The scariest radio program ever broadcast on American airwaves.

Hotel Lobby
Sailing Across a Room

The 75th anniversary of an overlooked Edward Hopper masterpiece.

The Silver Screen as a Mirror
The Ox-Bow Incident at 75

William Wellman’s Western is unlike any other.

D.J. Fontana performing with Sonny Burgess (Wikimedia Commons, Rockabillyvampire)
Elvis Watch
Give the Drummer His Due

The musical and cultural legacy of the late D.J. Fontana, rock-and-roll electrician.

The Way of the Gun
American Crazy

Thoughts on Santa Fe, Texas, and a classic film noir for these times.

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