David Yaffe is a Professor of Humanities at Syracuse. He is the author, most recently, of Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell (FSG).

History Mystery

Author Daniel Torday talks about his celebrated new novel, Jewish identity, bluegrass mandolin, truth versus fact, and the guilt or innocence of Brian Williams.

Rising Star

Her striking new, vinyl-only single once again confirms St. Vincent's idiosyncratic talent. But as her audience broadens, you have to wonder, is the big-time toxic to her art?

Jazz Titan

Herbie Hancock talks about writing ad jingles, the influence of Ravel, the importance of playing sober, the joy of working with Joni Mitchell, and getting fired by Sonny Rollins.