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Short List What to read this week, from a history of a secret Nixon meeting to an exploration of French colonialism in Congo and a look back at Bernini’s Rome

August 25, 2021

Opera Non Buffa Opera is back with the summer festivals of Salzburg, Bayreuth, and Aix-en-Provence, but it’s as bleak as Mozart’s Requiem

Nana Mensah The Ghanaian-American screenwriter, filmmaker, and actress is adding humor to the African-immigrant experience

The Week That Was in 30 Minutes If you haven’t heard our podcast, you don’t know what you’re missing

The Light at the End of the Tunnel How did a few German students manage to dig a tunnel under the Berlin Wall?

The Cult of Kahlo Despite inspiring books, movies, and movements, the unibrowed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo remains elusive. A striking new volume adds to the allure

Alive and Well If you’ve missed going to concerts as much as we have, this collection of live tracks will get you excited for all the shows ahead

Opera Pick of the Week Stone Age Mozarteans up in arms about Munich’s new-school Idomeneo will still surrender to the incandescent Emily D’Angelo

August 20, 2021

Short List What to read this week, including a personal history of a publishing duo that fled Nazi Germany; a searing memoir; and an ode to trees

August 18, 2021

A Day in the Life of Leila Slimani The Moroccan-French author, whose latest book, a novel about a woman navigating an inter-racial marriage, is out now, explains how the magic happens

August 18, 2021

Betting the Farm Can we change our approach to agriculture before it’s too late?

August 18, 2021

Ons Jabeur The young Tunisian tennis pro is gunning for a Grand Slam and paving the way for more of Africa’s rising stars

A Busy Week of Bad Behavior From Andrew Cuomo to British grifters to sexcapades at country estates, we cover it all in this week’s podcast