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Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Whether one spent time with her in person or knew her only through her portraits, her warmth was always present

Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook

Straight Lace

David Downton’s Sketchbook

The Nazis’ Most Formidable P.O.W. Camp

Ben Macintyre, author of a new book on epic escapes from the German stronghold Colditz, discusses everything from Truman Capote to dream dinner-party guests

Simplify Cartoon

Love and War

Advise & Consent is rightly remembered as a classic Washington movie. It was also an important—if complicated—moment in gay history

Me, Myself & Ich

Open House

The James Rose Center, a modernist home in New Jersey, hosts an exhibition of art and furniture that align with the architecture’s Zen ethos

Social Studies

Lashana Lynch

The actress, who has played an Olympic athlete, a James Bond spy, and now a 19th-century warrior, credits her upbringing for her resilience

Into the Wild

A charming new coffee-table book and upcoming exhibition celebrate the stories and illustrations of Maurice Sendak, of Where the Wild Things Are

Ancient History

From operas on Nixon, Klinghoffer, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and women of the Gold Rush, John Adams progresses to Shakespeare

The State of Their Union

While the “bromance” between Barack Obama and Joe Biden has dominated headlines, the unseen tensions between the two have shaped politics

Staff Picks

Don’t miss Andy Borowitz’s account of America’s dumbest politicians; a hefty history of pop music; and the story of building Lincoln Center

Tales of Two Grifters

From Jared Kushner to an impostor M.I.5 agent, this week’s podcast has plenty of bad behavior—and more than a few laughs, thanks to Christopher Buckley

Cynthia Addai-Robinson

To step into J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantastical world for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel, the actress found common ground with her royal character

To Catch a Con

Rogue Agent dramatized one of the strangest criminal cases in recent British history. Its release helped lead to an international manhunt

Long Live the King

Ahead of his latest novel’s release, Stephen King divulges his writing routine and explains why social media is a “poison pill”

The Hidden Highsmith

A new documentary about the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley delves into the writer’s love life

The King’s Reach

Moving Mountains

The True Crime That Started It All

Some Strings Attached

The little-known story of a wartime British ambassador who appeased Adolf Hitler but saw the error of his ways