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Nora Ephron.

From the Archives: Nora Ephron

Before she wrote and directed such iconic films as When Harry Met Sally... and Sleepless in Seattle, Nora Ephron was a journalist. She appeared on WTTW in 1975 to discuss her book of published essays and share a hilarious story about reporting from the front lines.
Scoppio Del Carro, or Explosion of the Cart, an Easter tradition in Florence.

Easter Around the World

March 19 at 4:30 pm, Rick Steves explores European Easter traditions. Take your own tour of the holiday and discover exploding carts, colorful kites, and the history of the Easter bunny. 
Derek Walcott.

Nobel Prize-winning Poet Derek Walcott Dies at Age 87

In 1981, the monumental poet of the Caribbean appeared on Studs Terkel's radio show to discuss his native West Indies, their unique people, and elemental landscape. 
Patsy Cline. (Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises)

How Well Do You Know Patsy Cline?

A new American Masters documentary explores the life and influence of Patsy Cline, one of country's biggest stars despite her brief career. 
Race car driver Janet Guthrie.

From the Archive: Race Car Driver Janet Guthrie

Janet Guthrie was the first woman to qualify for and compete in the Indianapolis and Daytona 500s. In 1979, she spoke to WTTW's John Callaway about her most recent Indy race and the sexism she encountered as a racer.
A photograph of St. Patrick's Church in the 1860s by J. Carbutt.

The Fascinating Characters of Irish Chicago

Explore some historic figures of Irish Chicago on this St. Patrick's Day. Beyond green beer and parades, there's a lot more to learn about. 
Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal Dies at 51

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, known for her children's books, memoirs, and short films, died of ovarian cancer on Monday at age 51. A recent essay in The New York Times' "Modern Love" section went viral. She also appeared on The Interview Show this season.
Pauline Kael, film critic for 'The New Yorker.' (AP)

From the Archive: 'New Yorker' Film Critic Pauline Kael

Hear the influential critic speak about writing a review and the animosity towards a woman writing criticism in this interview with WTTW's John Callaway in 1980. 
Christie Hefner, former chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises. (AP)

From the Archive: 'Playboy' Executive Christie Hefner

Last month, Playboy brought back nude pictorials after a year without them. Hear part of the debate over the magazine's portrayal of women as it stood back in 1978, in an archival interview with Christie Hefner, then the VP of the company.
Ken Burns. (Courtesy of Justin Altman)

Ken Burns: America's Storyteller

In Ken Burns: America's Storyteller, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Wynton Marsalis, and more celebrate the career of legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Watch clips highlighting Burns and his career.

New York City Ballet's Genius Choreographers

Great Performances broadcasts two works by New York City Ballet founder George Balanchine, while the Joffrey Ballet is currently performing works by his modern successor Justin Peck.
Maya Angelou, circa late 70s, early 80s. (Courtesy of Getty)

"Her Life is History": The Universality of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was beyond prolific, and her life touched on many of the most significant people and events of the twentieth century. The creators of a film about the great woman discuss the difficulty of capturing her multi-faceted life on film, why they admire her, and what she was like.
Esperanza Spalding, Smokey Robinson, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gallant, Cee-Lo Green. (Courtesy of: the artist; Nick Spanos; Library of Congress, Photo by Shawn Miller; the artist; Cable Risdon Photography)

Meet the Musicians Who Paid Tribute to Smokey Robinson

Cee-Lo Green, Esperanza Spalding, Corinne Bailey Rae, and many others saluted Smokey Robinson with performances when he received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
Matthew Ramsey, lead singer of Old Dominion, on Soundstage. (Courtesy of Raney Images)

'Meat and Candy': An Interview with Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey

The lead singer of the country band, who can be seen on Soundstage Thursday, February 9 at 9:00 pm, talks about the band's upcoming album and the story behind the delightful title of their debut.
The six wives of King Henry VIII.

Which of the Six Wives of Henry the VIII are you?

The last installment of Secrets of the Six Wives airs Sunday, February 5 at 9:00 pm.
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