Anne’s Recent Stories
Arts Aug 16Remembering Aretha Franklin, the soulful voice of our time
A legend is gone. Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday at age 76 in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. One of the best-selling musical artists of all times, she defined a generation of music with countless hits like “Think”…
Arts Aug 01‘American history is a crazy-quilt experience’: Monticello descendants talk ancestry and race
In a long-anticipated move, signage, tours and public statements at Thomas Jefferson's historical Monticello estate now indicate without a doubt that Jefferson fathered the six children of enslaved woman Sally Hemings, and offer new insight into their lives. Jeffrey Brown…
Arts Dec 21The best gift ever, according to 13 writers, musicians and podcasters
Jonathan Franzen, Renee Fleming, Ken Burns and others share the best gift they've ever received.
Arts Oct 23What Tom Hanks has to say about the Weinstein scandal
"The dam has burst here in a big way, and it is not just the halls of places like Harvey Weinstein’s office," he said.
Arts Oct 19WATCH: Trombone Shorty joins a ‘second line’ in New Orleans
Trombone Shorty said he always makes a point of dropping by his old neighborhood when he stops home from his tours.
World Sep 14The first American Vietnam War POW on why we need to understand the war
Former U.S. Navy Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. was the second U.S. pilot to be downed and detained during the Vietnam War. He spent more than eight years in captivity, making him the second-longest-held American prisoner of war. He talks to…
Nation Aug 09How this slave descendent is helping reframe history at Madison’s home
Leontyne Peck has helped interpret several notable artifacts, many of which are now featured in a permanent exhibit at Montpelier called "The Mere Distinction of Colour."…
Arts Sep 20The new Librarian-in-Chief picks her favorite children’s book
We ask Carla Hayden where her own passion for reading came from, and to share her favorite childhood book.
Poetry Aug 22A poet’s history lesson on Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood
Jacqueline Woodson, one of America's premier writers of young adult and children's literature, is out with her second novel for adults called "Another Brooklyn." It's set in the Brooklyn borough of Bushwick, her childhood neighborhood, which becomes one of the…
Arts Apr 15Watch: The classical violinist who also plays Ozzy Osbourne
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine is known around the world for her classical skill. But she's also a self-confessed head banger.