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Oral History

  1. book excerpt
    How BoJack Horseman Got MadeAn oral history of TV’s favorite alcoholic, narcissistic, self-destructive talking horse.
  2. features
    The Oral History of Four Loko“It almost felt like liquid hyperbole. It was insane on every level.”
  3. The Company That Invented the iPhone in 1990How a group of ex-Apple employees went from insanely great to greatly insane, accidentally inspiring a generation in the process.
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    ‘The Sketch That Always Plays Hot’An oral history of Saturday Night Live’s “Black Jeopardy.”
  5. An Oral History of The Americans Series FinaleBehind “START,” one of the finest series-enders of the modern TV era.
  6. The Birth of New York Magazine, Told by the People Who Made ItGloria Steinem, Tom Wolfe, Milton Glaser, Gail Sheehy, and more tell the story of the magazine’s early days.
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    Jersey Shore: An Oral History“It was like zebras in the Serengeti. We wanted to see this in action. Where does that happen? The Jersey Shore.”
  8. How Get Out, the First Great Movie of the Trump Era, Got MadeIt began as a rebuke to Obama-inspired dreams of racial harmony and became a conduit for fears reignited by the rise of the new president.
  9. An Oral History of the Time Bob Costas Had Pink Eye at the Sochi Olympics“The decision to take him off air was … not difficult.”
  10. The Disaster Artist: An Oral HistoryHow James Franco and friends brought the story behind the 21st century’s biggest cult film to life.
  11. new york beginnings
    How Food Network Turned Big-city Chef Culture Into Middle-America Pop CultureIn the early ’90s, a no-budget television network in midtown Manhattan transformed unknown cooks into full-blown celebrities.
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    The Oral History of Seinfeld’s ‘The Contest’Larry David & Co. remember when the sitcom mastered its domain.
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    An Oral History of ‘David Pumpkins’The story of Saturday Night Live’s most improbable breakout character.
  14. A Deep Dive Into BoJack Horseman’s Dementia EpisodeRaphael Bob-Waksberg, writer Kate Purdy, and animator Lisa Hanawalt explain how they made “Time’s Arrow.”
  15. The Story Behind The Simpsons’ Legendary Planet of the Apes MusicalInside the process that one writer calls “a magic visit from the joke fairy.”
  16. hirings and firings
    All the Reasons Jean-Claude Van Damme Was Allegedly Fired From PredatorHe kept passing out, or he wanted the Predator to kickbox, or he broke the head of the costume. Who knows!
  17. The Complete Oral History of “The Star Spangled Banner” (Fictionalized […] The following is the complete oral history of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner.” Certain quotes and other elements have been […]
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    How the Strokes — and the Early-Aughts New York Rock Boom — Went BustThe inside story of the last moment of the last great rock band, told by the people who lived it.
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    Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher on the Making of Gorillaz’s ‘We Got the Power’“I thought it might be cute, Noel and I singing about the power to love each other. Of course, no one’s asked Liam what he thinks about the song yet.”
  20. How Crash Crashed the OscarsAn oral history of a Best Picture shocker.
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    An Oral History of MADtv, the Sketch Show That Never Quite Changed Comedy“When we did impressions, they were pretty mean. Britney Spears at one point saw me, and her bodyguard very not-so-subtly pushed me about seven feet away from her.”
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    Book Excerpt: The Union of the State “When I first met Tom Lennon, I thought he was the snootiest prick in the world.” —Joe Lo Truglio 
  23. RENT: The Oral HistoryTwenty years after Jonathan Larson’s posthumous triumph arrived on Broadway, the cast relives the rise of a musical that changed theater.
  24. Grim, Racist Methods of One Brooklyn LandlordHe explains the tricks he uses to get black renters — and even owners — out of their homes in gentrifying neighborhoods.
  25. patty-cake
    Siskel and Ebert Played Patty-Cake Before Every At the Movies Taping“They performed it with complicated hand/knee slaps and everything.”
  26. September 11? There’s an App for ThatBroadcastr makes 9/11’s oral history mobile.