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Deadline Approaches For $10 Million Reward On Leads To Gardner Museum Paintings

NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with Stephen Kurkjian, former investigative reporter for The Boston Globe, and author of the book Master Thieves, about the Isabella Stewart ...

The Ultimate Cocktail To Send Off An NPR Host: 'Radio Silence'

For the past few years, bar reviewer Emma Allen has introduced us to great drinks. This year, she surprises retiring host Robert Siegel with a ...

What Is Procrastination & How Can We Solve It? An Introduction by One of the World’s Leading Procrastination Experts

I don’t know about you, but my tendency to procrastinate feels like a character flaw. And yet, no amount of moralizing with myself makes any ...

Where Are They Now? An Animated Mockumentary Reveals What Happened to Your Favorite 1980s Cartoon Characters After Their Heyday

It’s a cautionary tale about what happens when the world you prepared yourself for changes and leaves you behind. Coldly, and sometimes without warning. Above, ...

8 Types Of Toxic People To Leave Behind In 2018

Good riddance. 👋

Hope Ahead: First U.S. Baby Born From A Uterine Transplant

Hope has turned into happiness for one U.S. couple with the birth of their son last month, following the woman’s successful

Size (And Sound) Matters When It Comes To Bubbles In Your Sparkling Wine

Scientists at the University of Texas listened to the bubbles in a champagne and a sparkling wine and found that the more expensive product had ...

Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

The 85-year-old novelist worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. “I felt I had to suppress my humanity,” he says of those years. ...

The Favorite Literary Work of Every Country Visualized on a World Map

Begun by user “BackForward24″ and crowdsourced through Reddit, this map of the world illustrates the most beloved/popular book of each country by pasting a scan ...

Hear Lou Reed’s The Raven, a Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe Featuring David Bowie, Ornette Coleman, Willem Dafoe & More

It’s not immediately apparent that Lou Reed and Edgar Allan Poe would have that much in common. It’s true Reed inherited a gothic sensibility (though ...

How Achievable The 6 Most Common New Year's Resolutions Really Are

New year, new you? Possibly, therapists say.

Germany's 'In The Fade' Flips The Script On The Terrorism Film

Filmmaker Fatih Akin says he made In the Fade to spotlight something terrorism stories often overlook: the victims. It follows a woman whose husband and ...

In 'The Power,' Women Develop A Weapon That Changes Everything

Naomi Alderman’s new novel imagines a world in which women suddenly pose a physical threat to men. Alderman says it was gratifying to imagine how ...

2017 Has Been A Great Year For Women In TV

Female performers, producers and writers brought some amazing projects to screens this year, including The Handmaid’s Tale, Better Things and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. (Image ...

Mark Twain on Why “Travel is Fatal to Prejudice, Bigotry and Narrow-Mindedness, and Many of Our People Need It Sorely on These Accounts” (1869)

Public Domain image via Wikimedia Commons Humanity has come up with many negative stereotypes of Americans, some of them not entirely groundless: the widely held ...

Why Should We Read Charles Dickens? A TED-Ed Animation Makes the Case

You can’t go near the literary press lately without hearing mention of Nathan Hill’s sprawling new novel, The Nix, widely praised as a comic epic ...

Doctor Who Says Goodbye To Peter Capaldi As Show Prepares For First Female Doctor

On Tuesday Dec. 19, BBC America began a Doctor Who marathon. It ends on Christmas Day with a goodbye to Peter Capaldi, as the Doctor. ...

Illustrator Maira Kaufman Moving To The Stage With Choreographer John Heginbotham

The celebrated illustrator Maira Kaufman, who has designed many New Yorker covers, The Principles of Uncertainty, and contributed to the illustrated Elements of Style is ...

Advanced Algorithms: A Free Course from Harvard University

From Harvard professor Jelani Nelson comes “Advanced Algorithms,” a course intended for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. All 25 lectures you can find on Youtube ...

Stream a Playlist of 68 Punk Rock Christmas Songs: The Ramones, The Damned, Bad Religion & More

There’s a war on Christmas, don’t you know. The attacks are relentless—at every shopping mall, drugstore, grocery, family dinner, badly-lit office party. It is the ...

Gourmet Sprinkles Make Sweets And Other Treats Sparkle

Around the holidays, many bakers pay extra attention to how pretty their baked goods look. Their new secret weapon? Gourmet sprinkles. (Image credit: Emily Bogle/NPR)

A Complicated Man, Outlined Clearly In Emily Wilson's New 'Odyssey'

The first woman to translate Homer’s epic says she wanted to focus on the crystalline clarity she found in the original text, and let the ...

Not My Job: Bradley Whitford Of 'The Post' Gets Quizzed About The 'New York Post'

The actor in a new movie about The Washington Post answers questions about the somewhat less reputable but similarly-titled publication in New York. (Image credit: ...

'Fascinating And Also A Little Bit Uncomfortable': Andrew Wyeth At 100

The late American painter created one of the 20th century’s most recognizable works in “Christina’s World.” His centenary puts his distinct mastery, and varied critical ...

From Journalist to Advocate: The Journey of a Cancer Patient

No one person’s journey is the same as another’s. But that means that we always have something to learn.

With 'Phantom Thread,' Director Paul Thomas Anderson Offers Audiences An Intimate Film

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with director Paul Thomas Anderson about his new film, Phantom Thread. The film is about a fastidious British dressmaker named Reynolds ...

In 'Downsizing,' A New Addition To The Large History Of Tiny People In Film

Alexander Payne’s new film is about a couple who are made tiny as part of a solution to overpopulation. It’s the latest in a long ...

David Bowie & Bing Crosby Sing “The Little Drummer Boy”: A Wonderful Christmas Chestnut from 1977

We like to bring this chestnut back from time to time. Watch it, and you’ll know why. In 1977, just a short month before Bing ...

Need a Last Minute Gift? Give Online Courses Created by Cultural Icons Like Annie Leibovitz, Herbie Hancock, Werner Herzog and Many More

If you’re looking for a last minute gift for a thoughtful person in your life, here’s one option to consider. MasterClass lets you electronically purchase ...

First US Baby Born After Uterus Transplantation Is Dawn Of A New Era

A Texas woman recently gave birth to a boy, thanks to a transplanted uterus. Dr. Zaraq Khan, a Mayo Clinic reproductive endocrinologist

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