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<p><span>It’s the end of the year and there are more “Best of” lists than there are people to read them, but we figured we’d add one that seems to be missing: the Best of the Internet. With the help of past <em>sideshow</em> guests, Sean Rameswaram attempts to compile a collection of the best ...
<p>The old ad said “StarKist don’t want tunas with good taste — StarKist wants tuna that taste good.” But some animals may have good taste after all. Scientists are recognizing cultural traits and behaviors in a growing number of species. We’ll hear from an ornithologist whose radical new definition ...
<p>Bert Williams was the most famous African-American entertainer of his day. But for some reason, his first film was never released. Now, 100 years later, it’s finally being seen. Also, we hear from Boots, the little-known producer on Beyoncé’s last album. And Lisa Kudrow finally steps out of the ...
<p>Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair don’t remember how the idea for <em><a href="http://vimeo.com/channels/highmaintenance" target="_blank">High Maintenance</a> </em>came to them. Considering the show’s subject matter, that’s to be expected. Though some might dismiss a web series about a weed ...
<p><strong>This is America’s vision of utopia.</strong></p> <p>Generations of Americans have grown up with Walt Disney shaping our imaginations. In 1955, Disney mixed up some fairy tales, a few historical facts, and a dream of the future to create an alternate universe. Not just a place for fun, but ...
<p>Alan Turing broke the Nazis’ Enigma code and helped win World War II for the Allies — and also invented modern computing; we’ll compare the legend of Turing to the reality. Mexico’s violent narcocorrido songs became a form of state propaganda. And the famous jazz musician Charles Mingus had ...
<p>Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album in 2013 was a giant hit, thanks to collaborations with super-producers like Timbaland, Pharrell, and Frank Ocean. But it was some guy named <a href="https://twitter.com/bootsonboots" target="_blank">Boots</a> who was credited with writing some of the album’s ...
<p>Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut with the movie <em>Rosewater. </em>It’s no comedy — the movie is based on the experience of a journalist who appeared on <em>The Daily Show</em>, and then was arrested and tortured for it in Iran. Also, the man behind the band Bahamas may hail from the great ...
<p>The director of the mind-bending blockbuster<em> Interstellar</em> explains that despite his reputation for making convoluted movies, he just wants you be entertained. Comedian Harry Shearer needed all 25 years of experience on <em>The Simpsons</em> to play his latest role, Richard Nixon, without ...
<p><em>WARNING: Nearly everything Issa Rae does features profanity.</em></p>
<p><a href="https://twitter.com/IssaRae">Issa Rae</a> spent most of her youth feeling awkward, and she’s never gotten over it. The awkwardness started in Senegal, where her father was from, and continued once she moved to ...
<p>The director of the indie thriller <em>Nightcrawler</em>, explains how Jake Gyllenhaal’s character is a psychopath only American capitalism could create. Zola Jesus, a songwriter known for gloomy goth-inflected rock, plays us some of the surprisingly upbeat songs from her new album. And a videogame ...
<p>At the height of her fame, Juliette Binoche turned down roles in blockbusters to do European art-house films. So why did she decide to do <em>Godzilla </em>this year? Kurt Andersen also talks to Mark Mothersbaugh, a founding member of Devo and in-demand film composer, who now has a major retrospective ...
<p>If YouTube had an A&amp;R genius, his name would be <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/kutiman">Kutiman</a>. The Israeli musician and video editor, whose real name is Ophir Kutiel, charmed millions in 2009 with <a href="http://thru-you.com/#/intro/"><em>Thru You</em></a>, an album of music he created ...
<p>In her memoir <em>Fun Home</em>, cartoonist Alison Bechdel — a newly minted MacArthur Fellow — told the difficult story of her childhood in the family funeral home with a closeted gay father. Now her family’s most private moments are jumping from the comic-book page to a Broadway musical. We ...
<p>An epidemiologist explains how life is like <em>World of Warcraft</em> when a deadly plague breaks out online. Rabies experts connect the dots between <em>The Iliad</em>, <em>Twilight</em>, and Louis Pasteur. Plus, an apocalyptic world where children should be seen and not heard — the sound they ...
<p>Most comedians have just a few memorable bits; <a href="http://summah.info/">Howard Kremer</a> has just one. Good thing he managed to build a comedy empire on it. A few years ago, Kremer had an epiphany while on the beach in Los Angeles: there was nothing more important in life than making the most ...
<p>He’s one of the most prolific art forgers ever — but Mark Landis won’t be prosecuted, because he never made a dime off his copies. What motivated him? We’ll also hear from Tavi Gevinson, who rose to fame as a preteen blogger; now a high school graduate, she’s making her Broadway debut. Plus, ...
<p>Linda Ronstadt’s career spanned decades and musical styles from country-rock to operetta. Parkinson’s disease has taken away her ability to sing, but she explains that she’s not ready to leave music behind yet. And Herb Alpert became famous by turning the sounds of a Mexican bullfight into mainstream ...
<p>A few weeks ago, “Rude” by the band Magic! managed to unseat Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” as the #1 song in the United States. While most songs of the summer have a honeymoon period before they face mass eye-rolling, “Rude” seems to have skipped right to divorce court. <em>Slate</em> <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/07/21/_rude_by_magic_is_the_no_1_song_on_billboard_s_hot_100_why_video.html" ...
<p>Patricia Lockwood, one of poetry’s brightest young stars, combines her funny Twitter persona with serious poetry to create surreal, text message-sized verse. She became internet famous for a poem called “Rape Joke” that managed to be both hilarious and devastating. We hear from Taylor Mac, the ...
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