Tagged: Explains

The ‘Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap’ Explains Why Hip-Hop Conquered the World

The new Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap—a nine-disc collection of 129 songs accompanied by a 300-page book—is an imposing object. Yet hip-hop itself is a pretty imposing subject, because it’s not just a musical approach or a radio format, it’s a lifestyle that could never be completely captured by anything that comes in a box. When the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the institution’s Folkways label got together to plan the project in the early 2010s, they knew they had taken on a daunting task. How do you tell the stories of generations

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‘The Free World’ Explains How Culture Heated Up During the Cold War

Amanda Claybaugh, a close colleague of Menand’s in Harvard’s English department before she became the school’s dean of undergraduate education, said that embedding ideas in stories is an “analytical mode” for Menand. “If you tell a story, you have to think in very concrete and specific terms about how culture works in a particular moment, how certain ideas, influences, encounters shape a person.”

How was Menand shaped?

He grew up in the Boston area, where his father was an administrator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His great-grandfather, also Louis Menand (the author is technically Louis Menand IV), was a

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How The New York Times for Kids Explains the Capitol Attack

Grappling with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is hard enough for adults. How do you help children make sense of it? Two articles appearing this weekend in The New York Times for Kids, a section that runs the last Sunday of every month as part of the print newspaper, tackle that challenge. The editor of the section, Amber Williams, who wrote the main article, said it was one of the most difficult pieces she had written for the section. In a lightly edited conversation, she talked about the task.

I understand you sometimes plan these issues pretty far

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