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We look back on the heyday of L.A.'s punk scene with John Doe, Exene Cervenka of the band X, and Dave Alvin of The Blasters. Doe has put together a new book about those early days.
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The Roots' drummer Questlove discusses the artistry involved in creating a great meal. Critic David Edelstein reviews Elvis & Nixon. Tom Hanks discusses his new movie, A Hologram for the King.
Wu, who survived 19 years in Chinese labor camps, died Tuesday. Born in China, Wu had lived in the United States since 1985 and was an active proponent of human rights. Originally broadcast in 1994.
A new film imagines what happened when Elvis Presley met President Nixon on Dec. 21, 1970. Film critic David Edelstein says Elvis & Nixon "shows the crazy-making insulation of celebrity."
A range of musicians, including Tom Waits and Sinéad O'Connor, cover gospel-blues performer Johnson on a new tribute album. Critic Milo Miles says the record's tracks are striking and inventive.
Bruce Eric Kaplan's illustrated memoir I Was A Child describes his life in New Jersey in the '60s and '70s. He says the book is a way of keeping his parents alive. Originally broadcast April 2, 2015.