Arts & Culture | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Arts & Culture

RSS Feed
NPR

LA's Art Scene In the '60s Rivaled New York

From Andy Warhol to David Hockney, artists of the 1960s flocked to Los Angeles and helped create a new, contemporary art scene that was an alternative to New York. Renee Montagne talks to Hunter Drohojowska-Philp about her book, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s, which focuses on art in post-war Los Angeles.
NPR

Television's New Antiheroes: Creating Sympathy For The Devilish

Commentator Eric Deggans says television's current crop of antiheroes may reflect the reluctance of an audience in cynical times to accept a traditional straight-up hero.
WAMU 88.5

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 15

Christmas is just ten days away, but if that’s not terribly exciting to you there’s a fair amount of fun being had at the season’s expense.

WAMU 88.5

Local Swedes Mark Santa Lucia Day

With the help of the Swedish embassy, local swedes get a little taste of their home holiday traditions with the celebration of Santa Lucia Day.

NPR

Year-End Wrap-Up: The 10 Best Novels Of 2011

2011 was a terrific year for fiction — both from first-time novelists and much-decorated veterans. Maureen Corrigan's recommendations range from Karen Russell's dazzling debut, to David Foster Wallace's posthumously published novel, to what may be the Sept. 11 novel.
WAMU 88.5

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 14

Forum’s Female Voices Festival, Dunes’ Dystopia and deer at Avalon’s ‘Lions of Czech Film’ night.

NPR

Fakin' It: Three Books On Masquerading Identities

Impostors can be scheming, even villainous, but their stories tempt us with an attractive possibility — the chance to wear a mask. Writer David Anthony suggests three tales about nefarious characters that let us indulge in our fascination with the art of manipulating outward appearances.
NPR

Up For Sale: Orson Welles' Oscar

Melissa Block tells us about the impending sale of the Oscar statuette won by Orson Welles for writing Citizen Kane.
NPR

An Ancient Tale Of War, An Ode To Epic Mythology

Homage to the Iliad lingers in literature even today, but most retellings do not live up to the grandeur of their ancient ancestor. Author Dawn Tripp recommends a rare find that does measure up — the haunting Homeric novel Ransom, by David Malouf.

Pages