Kirk Douglas, the Guitarist for the Roots, Revamps the Holiday Classics

Listen and subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Google | Wherever You ListenSign up to receive our weekly newsletter of the best New Yorker podcasts.As the guitarist for the Roots, who serve as house band for “The Tonight Show,” Kirk Douglas plays anything and everything. So David Remnick put him to the test on some Christmas

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As the guitarist for the Roots, who serve as house band for “The Tonight Show,” Kirk Douglas plays anything and everything. So David Remnick put him to the test on some Christmas songs that have become a little overfamiliar. Tracy K. Smith, who served as the United States Poet Laureate from 2src17 through 2src19, reflects on using poetry to connect with communities across the country. Plus, Roz Chast, the celebrated cartoonist, and the humorist Patricia Marx talk about their secret lives as musical superstars of the ukulele.

Kirk Douglas, the Guitarist for the Roots, Revamps the Holiday Classics

A bona-fide guitar hero puts a fresh spin on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and other somewhat-too-familiar seasonal hits.


As Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith Hit the Road

Serving as the Poet Laureate, Smith took literature to community centers, senior centers, prisons—to heal our political divides.


Roz Chast and Patricia Marx, Ukulele Superstars

Well known as a cartoonist and a humor writer, respectively, Chast and Marx reveal their double lives as a ukulele duo who were superstars in their time.


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