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Renee Graham
January 5, 2015 13 Comments

Renee Graham’s Picks For Quintessentially American Music

In the first of a new series looking at American music, our pop culture critic shares a playlist including B.B. King and Nina Simone.

December 31, 2014 2 Comments

Pop Culture Critic Renee Graham On Artists We Lost

Renee Graham remembers the musicians we lost this year, including Tommy Ramone of The Ramones and conductor Claudio Abbado.

December 30, 2013 Comment

Renee Graham’s Pop Culture Highlights Of 2013

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham has her year-end standouts in film, television and music of the past year.

December 16, 2013 Comment

Renee Graham’s Guide To South Korean Cinema

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham says there is a lot of exciting original work coming out of South Korea. She shares her 10 favorite films by Korean directors.

August 20, 2013 7 Comments

Renee Graham On The New, Blue-Eyed R&B

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham has noted a trend recently: for the most part, the biggest acts in mainstream R&B music are white men — and that’s not being viewed with derision.

August 9, 2013 20 Comments

What’s Eating Johnny Depp?

Critics are starting to ask what’s happening with the once highly respected actor. “The Lone Ranger” is one of the biggest box office bombs of the summer, and it’s earned Depp even more negative reviews.

July 16, 2013 Comment

Renee Graham’s Off-The-Radar Playlist

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham recommends three new albums: “Sound the Alarm” from Booker T. Jones, “Avalanche” from Quadron and “No Beginning No End” by Jose James.

June 20, 2013 12 Comments

Is Kanye West’s New Album ‘Yeezus’ Mostly Hype?

Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham calls Kanye West’s new album “Yeezus” the cultural flash point of the week, with songs like “I Am A God,” “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead.”

February 1, 2013 16 Comments

National Anthem As ‘Holy Grail Or Third Rail’

Alicia Keys is slated to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. We take a look at the most famous and infamous renditions of the notoriously challenging song.

December 27, 2012 Comment

Welcoming The New Year With Food And Music

Are you still looking for special recipes or music to help you ring in the New Year? Two of our favorite experts have given us a dance mix and recipes, including this decadent salad.

August 1, 2012 4 Comments

Appreciating John Cheever

Even though he has won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for his short stories, John Cheever may not be at the top of your reading list — and Here and Now pop culture critic Renee Graham thinks that’s a shame.

February 16, 2012 2 Comments

Call Him The Funk Doctor

“To me, funk music lifestyle is: do the best you can, and after that, funk it. Play in a band, go to school, learn all the technology, the intellectual part of the music. But when you get right down to it: funk it,” says Funk artist George Clinton.

February 13, 2012 5 Comments

The Life Of Whitney Houston: From Model To R&B Megastar

Whitney Houston went from modeling and singing Gospel to becoming one of the best-selling R&B artists of the 20th century.

February 7, 2012 57 Comments

When Black Stories Are Written By White People

The blockbuster movie, “The Help,” has been nominated for four Academy Awards and gained widespread praise. But some people in the African American community say it’s an example of black stories written by white people that don’t always ring true.

January 23, 2012 Comment

Saying Goodbye To R&B Great Etta James

Here and Now pop culture critic Renee Graham says that Etta James was an extraordinary woman who even as a teenager had a full-grown sound.

December 28, 2011 18 Comments

What Is It About ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?’

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is popular with young people, even though it includes sexual violence against women.

October 31, 2011 Comment

For Halloween, Revisiting Hitchcock’s Creepy Classic ‘Psycho’

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr and Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham examine Alfred Hitchcock’s 1950 classic film “Psycho” to see if the film still packs a wallop.

September 26, 2011 5 Comments

Celebrating The Supremes And Temptations, 50 Years On

We mark the 50th anniversary of The Supremes and The Temptations with Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham.

June 30, 2011 Comment

Deconstructing Marvin Gaye’s ‘Inner City Blues’

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Marvin Gaye’s landmark CD “What’s Going On.” Here & Now’s Renee Graham remembers getting the album for her ninth birthday: “There were so many things being said in that song that I heard my parents talking about.”

June 29, 2011 6 Comments

Songs To Linger On

Pop culture critic Renee Graham is going to deconstruct Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” for us this week. Is there another song you’d like us to linger on?

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

September 1 12 Comments

Favorite Son Hopes To Revive Michigan Football

The story of what's happened at Michigan over the last decade plays out in a new book by John Bacon.

September 1 3 Comments

Living With ALS In The Ice Bucket Age

Corey Reich was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2007 when he was 21. Now 29, he continues to do well.

August 31 Comment

Adapting ‘The Boys In The Boat’ For Young Adult Readers

Daniel James Brown decided to adapt his book after an increasing number of young people told him they loved the story.

August 28 Comment

DJ Session: The Music Of New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

Nick Spitzer talks about the music that has resonated in the city since the storm, and how the music scene has changed.