Touring a punk act pushes the limits of physical endurance — driving all day, sweating on stage, eating badly, sleeping worse. What keeps a band going for 14 years without a major commercial success? And what would possess someone old enough to draw Social Security checks to put himself through it?
Death in Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks was never just a TV show: it was an obsession and an apparition. In its 2017 incarnation, the real-life deaths of several cast members hang spectrally over the proceedings. Legendary critic Howard Hampton meditates on how the show’s obsession with mortality in its fictional universe overlaps seamlessly with our own.
A Call in the Night
Your phone rings at 3:30 in the morning. You answer the call, and a person who's just been woken up with a call from you is on the end of the line. The call is being recorded. Both of your lives are changed forever. In this episode we explore the surprising intimacy of anonymity. What happens when wires cross and someone you begin speaking with a total stranger as though you’re lovers?
For decades, Angelyne pouted down from Hollywood billboards, looking like a New-Wave Jayne Mansfield: a dense cloud of bleached blonde hair and abundant cleavage barely contained by furry pink bikini tops. No one was sure what to make of the ubiquitous billboards of the woman who roamed L.A. in a pink Corvette. The only clues they offered were her name and a telephone number for her fan club. Who was she? What was she?