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Jollof Rice: West Africans Dish It Up With A Hefty Serving Of Smack Talk

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 1:57pm

Jollof rice is a celebration dish in West Africa. Each country in the region has its own take — and the rivalry over which version reigns supreme is constant fodder for a delicious war of words.

Ryan Lochte Just Wants To Dance, Apparently — With The Stars!

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:24am

The casting of Ryan Lochte on Dancing With The Stars is an awfully speedy performance by the Hollywood redemption machine.

Check Out This 1999 Profile Of The Late, Great Juan Gabriel

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 9:45am

Juan Gabriel stayed true to his roots, even when it wasn't easy. This LA Times piece takes a look at why that was.

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:05pm

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.

Gene Wilder's Nephew Remembers Late Actor Who Starred In 'Willy Wonka'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 4:21pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Jordan Walker-Pearlman, the nephew of Gene Wilder, who died Monday at 83. Wilder is best known for his roles in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Producers.

The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:17pm

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.

Gene Wilder, Star Of 'Willy Wonka' And 'Young Frankenstein,' Dies

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:11pm

The actor and writer who brought his signature manic energy to comedy classics reportedly died at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:29pm

"No matter what we've done, there comes a point where you think, ... 'When are they going to discover that I am, in fact, a fraud?' " Hanks says. Originally broadcast April 26, 2016.

Remembering Juan Gabriel With NPR's Felix Contreras, Adrian Florido And Eyder Peralta

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:26pm

Join Code Switch and Alt-Latino today at 3pm EST for a Facebook Live chat about the late, great Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel.

A Beautiful Edition Of The Abridged 'Erudition'

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 6:00am

A new translation of the 14th century Egyptian scholar Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri's magnum opus, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, is a priceless glimpse at the medieval Muslim world.

The Real Bob Ross: Meet The Meticulous Artist Behind Those Happy Trees

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 3:54am

Don't be fooled by his mild PBS persona; the beloved painter was actually an exacting artist and businessman with — brace yourself — naturally straight hair.

AfroPunk Acts To Free Your Mind And Your ... Ears

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 11:40am

This year's AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn features artists who are expanding the universe of punk and ideas about who belongs there.

First-Time Nominations Reveal The Changing Face Of The Emmys

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 8:06am

Cuba Gooding Jr., Rami Malek and Constance Zimmer all have one thing in common: this year is the first time each has been nominated for an Emmy. Their nominations hint at deeper changes in television.

Herman Koch Gets Meta In 'Dear Mr. M'

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 7:57am

Linda Wertheimer talks to the Dutch writer about his novel: A teacher has an affair with his student. She breaks it off. He disappears. And then a writer comes along, and turns the story into a novel.

Ed Sanders, Author Of Manson Family Biography, To Sell Massive Archive

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 7:57am

Sanders wrote the definitive book on the Manson Family ("The Family.") He's currently working on a book about Robert Kennedy. He's decided to sell the assembled work on which he's based his research.

Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Jacqueline Woodson

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 7:57am

For our series "Next Chapter," the author of the award-winning YA novel "Brown Girl Dreaming" talks about how going to a largely white college made her aware of her blackness in a new way.

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 6:38am

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

Nina McLemore's Clothes Are A 'Weapon' Of Powerful Women

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 4:07pm

Nina McLemore designs clothes for powerful women: Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Janet Yellen, Elena Kagan and others. She talks about how fashion can help women stand out in political office.

In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 11:42am

In Tom Wolfe's first book of nonfiction in 16 years, he argues that the development of speech, not evolution, has made humans what we are today — evolution, he says, applies only to animals.

How Art Transformed A Remote Japanese Island

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 8:00am

The population of Naoshima has fallen to 3,000. But this year, its art will attract 800,000 tourists from around the world. "The level of our sophistication has gone up considerably," says a resident.




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