Why the Caged Bird—and Liz Phair—Sing

How Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings changed everything, and Liz Phair on her new memoir.

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Studio 360 is a smart and surprising guide to what’s happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt introduces the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy—so let Studio 360 steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life. Produced in association with Slate.

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Our latest Americans Icons segment is about I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou’s first book broke boundaries when it was published 50 years ago and still profoundly resonates with readers today. And Kurt Andersen talks with Liz Phair, the trailblazing indie rocker who’s just published a memoir.