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The Evolution of The Great Wave off Kanazawa: See Four Versions That Hokusai Painted Over Nearly 40 Years

Has any Japanese woodblock print — or for that matter, any piece of Japanese art — endured as well across place and time as The Great ...

David Byrne Curates a Playlist of Great Protest Songs Written Over the Past 60 Years: Stream Them Online

When you hear the words “protest song,” what do you see? Is it a folkie like Bob Dylan or Joan Baez delivering songs about injustice? ...

Code Switch's 2018 Book Guide

We checked in with authors, poets and great literary minds to see what books they think everyone should read this holiday season. (Image credit: Gulfiya ...

Former NFL Player Tim Green Has A New Opponent — ALS

A well-known voice on NPR in the 1990s, Tim Green is one of a growing number of former football players with the degenerative illness Lou ...

Against moral sainthood

As philosopher Susan Wolf argues, life is far more meaningful and rich if we do not aim at being morally perfect By Daniel Callcut Read ...

Why won’t the US Supreme Court do anything about racism?

The Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots, killing the African-American teenager Laquan McDonald; 14 of those shots were apparently fired while McDonald ...

Bertrand Russell’s Advice For How (Not) to Grow Old: “Make Your Interests Gradually Wider and More Impersonal”

Advice on how to grow old frequently comes from such banal or bloodless sources that we can be forgiven for ignoring it. Public health officials ...

Watch Andy Warhol Eat an Entire Burger King Whopper–While Wishing the Burger Came from McDonald’s (1981)

In the early 1980s, Danish experimental filmmaker Jørgen Leth came to America intent on capturing it live as it was actually lived across that vast, ...

Rays Of Sun Or A Reminder Of Atrocities? After Protests, L.A. Mural Will Be Removed

The artist says he meant no harm, but some Korean neighbors see echoes of a flag flown by the imperial Japanese army during World War ...

For December, 3 Romantic Holiday Escapes

Get away from holiday stress and crummy weather with our romance picks for December. We’ve got great contemporary stories and a charming inversion of that ...

Spacesavers

After snowstorms in Boston, street parking tensions tend to rise, especially when car owners clear out spaces near their residences only to later find another ...

Separatism is no solution

Partition in Iraq rests on Orientalist ideas – and overlooks what many Iraqis, minorities included, say they want By Alice Su Read at Aeon

In Bill Gates Office, There’s a Wall with the Entire Periodic Table with Samples of Each Element

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Wes Anderson’s Breakthrough Film, Rushmore, Revisited in Five Video Essays: It Came Out 20 Years Ago Today

“I genuinely don’t know what to make of this movie.” So said eminent New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael about Rushmore, Wes Anderson’s second film. But having ...

15 Self-Care Gifts For Guys They Really Want

Self-care gifts for women bring to mind visions of essential oils, fuzzy slippers and face masks. Though some men wouldn’t

The Most Common Issues People Discussed In Therapy In 2018, According To Experts

If you’re dealing with any of this, you’re definitely not alone.

Maureen Corrigan Picks The Best Books Of 2018, Including The Novel Of The Year

Fresh Air‘s book critic recommends her 10 favorite books of the year, including The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai’s sweeping story about the AIDS epidemic of ...

The Revolution Will Be Driverless: Autonomous Cars Usher In Big Changes

Autonomous vehicles could be the “most disruptive technology to hit society worldwide since the advent of the motor car,” says former New York City traffic ...

Can food nourish your soul?

‘Soul requires spirituality. Soul does not require food.’ Nonviolence towards all forms of life is a cornerstone of Jainism, a nontheistic Indian religion that dates ...

Creating some slack

A household is a miniature ecosystem with inputs, outputs and flows: thinking like this can make life a whole lot better By Misty McLaughlin & ...

How Music Can Awaken Patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

In the late 1950’s, pioneering free jazz bandleader Sun Ra played a gig at a Chicago mental hospital, booked there by his manager Alton Abraham, ...

John Lennon’s Report Card at Age 15: “He Has Too Many Wrong Ambitions and His Energy Is Too Often Misplaced”

In September 1956, a young John Lennon took home a dismal report card–the kind that many smart, wayward kids can probably relate to. French teacher: ...

Have A Question About Hosting New Year's Eve? Martha Stewart Could Help You!

Send us your hosting dilemmas and challenges and we may put your question to the queen of hosting, Martha Stewart, for an upcoming on-air segment. ...

'Help, I'm Hosting': Author Nina Stibbe Offers Best Tips For Gift-Giving

This week on our holiday advice series, NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Nina Stibbe, author of An Almost Perfect Christmas, about her best tips on ...

Not My Job: We Quiz Candice Bergen Of 'Murphy Brown' On Murphy's Law

Thirty years after it first debuted in 1988, the sit-com Murphy Brown is back — and Bergen is still in the title role. (Image credit: ...

'Anna And The Apocalypse': The Scottish Zombie Christmas High School Musical

Ella Hunt, who stars as the titular Anna, explains the undead metaphor, her own teenage years, and the impact of co-creator Ryan McHenry — who ...

Therapists Explain Why Your Family Drives You Crazier At The Holidays

Plus, expert tips to make it through all that quality time unscathed.

The Moral Of The Story Is: Great Kids' Books Don't Always Need Morals

Jon Scieszka — dad, teacher and author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales — shares the books he plans to give ...

How The 'Golden Age' Of Corporate Musicals Used Songs To Boost Sales

Sheldon Harnick, John Russell and Steve Young discuss “industrial musicals,” Broadway-style productions written and performed at the behest of corporations. Originally broadcast Nov. 5, 2013.

Birth control your own adventure

The multitude of female birth-control products on the market hardly means there’s a perfect option for everyone. From the combined oral contraceptive (commonly known as ...

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