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A Collector's Envy: Bhutan's Playable Postage Stamps

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 7:13am

In 1972, the country tried some novel fundraising: selling postage stamps embossed with a playable recording. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with journalist Chris May who wrote about the oddity.

As Writers' Wages Wane In Digital Chapter, Authors Pen Demands

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 6:30am

Numbers show more authors are finding it hard to make a living income. Fresh off of fighting the Google Books case, the Authors Guild is now taking on author contracts in an open letter to publishers.

'Steal The Sky' Puts A Swashbuckling Spin On Familiar Fantasy

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 5:05am

Megan O'Keefe kicks off a new fantasy series with Steal the Sky, an adventure set in an arid land where rare-element powered airships sail above mining towns packed with charming crooks and con men.

'Star Wars' Just Keeps Breaking Records

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to director J.J. Abrams about making the movie; he says he feels an 'enormous relief that it's out in the world.' Warning: This will not be a spoiler-free conversation!

Designer André Courrèges, Master Of Miniskirts And Go-Go Boots, Dies

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 2:55pm

Courrèges opened his fashion house in 1961 and helped transform women's pants from casual clothing to a haute couture item, while defining the wildly popular space-age aesthetic of the era.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'American Idol' Sails Off Into The Sunset

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 11:03am

This week, we look back on American Idol as it prepares to finally take its gargantuan self out to the place where old shows live happily in retirement. Plus: a new round of People We're Pulling For.

How Can Public Spaces Change A City's Character?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

For Amanda Burden, a city is defined by its public spaces. The former city commissioner of New York City explains why a promenade, a park or even a park bench, are vital to a city's ability to thrive.

How Are Some Fragile Cities Tackling Their Worst Problems?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

Fast-growing cities are often riddled with violence, drug trafficking and unemployment. Security researcher Robert Muggah explains how some cities are using new approaches to address these problems.

How Are Mayors Better Poised to 'Get Things Done'?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says mayors are in a position to accomplish a great deal, because they're locals. They can see a city the way "people who are most in need of help see it," he says.

Does The Road To Changing The World Go Through City Hall?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

Political theorist Benjamin Barber argues that cities and city mayors are the key to bypassing political gridlock and solving many of our global challenges.

Can Changing Your Route Change Your Experience Of A City?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

Mapping apps find the fastest route. But what are you missing along the way? Computer scientist Daniele Quercia describes how "happy maps" can give you the most beautiful route.

Lawyer Faces National Scrutiny While Defending Bill Cosby

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:55am

Monique Pressley is called "masterful" in her public message. She hits the spotlight of the Bill Cosby case after a career as a defense attorney, prosecutor and religion-based broadcaster.

'Carol' Star Cate Blanchett On The 'Empathetic Connection' Of Acting

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:09pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Cate Blanchett about playing the title character in Carol, which tells the story of two women who fall in love in 1950s New York.

A Trip No Young Person Should Take In 'Lamb'

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:00pm

Writer-director Ross Partridge also stars in this story of a man who, for reasons of his own, fixates on a young girl he meets in a parking lot.

For 2 Men, A Search For 'Treasure'

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:00pm

Romanian writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu follows two men using a metal detector to find riches a family once buried.

In 'Anesthesia,' Separate Threads That Take Too Long To Be Joined

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 4:00pm

Sam Waterston stars in this ensemble piece that frustratingly refuses to reveal connections between its many stories until it's too late to engage viewers.

Sounds Like A Good Book

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:32am

Lord of the Flies becomes Ruler of the Winged Insects in this final round where every correct answer is one of Modern Library's Top 100 English Language Novels of All Time.

Unpresidentially Yours

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:32am

Guess which electoral hopefuls uttered these unfortunate quotations.

The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of David Cross

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:32am

Todd Margaret's David Cross describes his inspiration for Tobias Fünke (his character on Arrested Development).

Some Of The Small Things

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:32am

For this game we turn a very complicated song into a very complicated game. House musician Jonathan Coulton sings our version of Blink 182's "All the Small Things," which is about...yes, small things.

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