“We Are the World, We Are the Children” (Or Are We?)

Megahit "We are the world" turns 30 this year.

Tupac Shakur Remembered in GRAMMY Museum Exhibit

A new exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum explores the lyrics and cultural contribution of Tupac Shakur.

Word to your Mother (Tongue): Can Hip Hop Save Endangered Languages?

Hip hop is not only linguistically innovative, it helps preserve indigenous languages via oral tradition.

The Fuss About Josephine Baker

 A new one-woman Broadway show puts Josephine Baker back in the public consciousness.
violists laughing

Why Did the Violist Cross the Road?

Every subculture has its in-jokes. Classical musicians are no exception, and the punchline usually involves a viola.

Orson Welles at 100

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Orson Welles.
Scene of a parade from the 2014 movie Annie.

Our Obsession with Orphans: A Short History from Jane Eyre to Annie

Little Orphan Annie is the latest in a sequence of pop culture foundlings, but America’s orphans of the Great Depression weren’t endearing at all.
Ludwig van Beethoven Painting by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1819 or 1820

Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770 in Bonn, Germany.
Guglielmo Marconi

Guglielmo Marconi and the Birth of Radio

Guglielmo Marconi successfully made the first transatlantic radio transmission on December 12, 1901.