A Year of Performing Humanity, Reviewed

A Year of Performing Humanity, Reviewed

By WNYC Studios

Notes from America

Monday, 13 December

A.O. Scott, co-chief film critic of the New York Times, helps us review the year in culture. What can we learn about our struggling effort to live together from this year’s art? Then, a conversation with WQXR’s Terrance McKnight about the life and legacy of famed contralto, Marian Anderson.

The List

Here’s a crowd-sourced list of 2021’s defining art gathered from listeners and our guest. If you have a suggestion tweet us at #USofAnxiety.


Inside Passing The Closer


Squid Game


Marian Anderson--Beyond the Music (This is what we discussed in the last part of the episode) 


The Shape of Things by Carrie Mae Weems

Cultural Trends

Non-Fungible Tokens


Companion Listening:

Actor Daniel Kaluuya’s Road to Revolutionary (3/4/2021)

Kai talks to the “Judas and the Black Messiah” star about his award-winning portrayal of Fred Hampton and the legacy of the Black Panther Party.


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