Art & Design

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January 24, 2015 | CPR · Kohaku Uta Gassen is a popular singing competition with roots in Japan. It came to the U.S. with a generation of immigrants from that country, and Denver’s Kohaku is still thriving today.
 

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January 17, 2015 | NPR · It’s the brainstorm of a street artist, who wanted folks to pay more respect to the pickers who collect recyclable garbage that would otherwise pile up in landfills.
 

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January 12, 2015 | NPR · An exhibit in Brooklyn aims to upend stereotypes about public housing by profiling residents and their achievements. The curators know their subject well; they once lived in public housing themselves.
 

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January 11, 2015 | NPR · In the backs of pickup trucks, construction workers lie among tools and blankets, headed to the city for a day’s work. Alejandro Cartagena turned his camera on the carpoolers.
 

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January 8, 2015 | WCPN · Kent’s work, which included the U.S. Postal Service’s popular “love” stamp, had a lasting influence. But today her story seems to have fallen through the cracks of art history.
 

Courtesy of Alexia Sinclair
January 8, 2015 | NPR · From stylized photography that looks like a fashion shoot to a comic book journey about lockjaw, artwork from around the world illustrates the value of vaccines.
 

Colorado Public Radio
January 3, 2015 | CPR · Eric Bransby, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton, is one of the last living links to the great age of American mural painting. Age has slowed him down somewhat, but Bransby is still hard at work.
 

National Museum of Women in the Arts
December 24, 2014 | NPR · This Christmas, images of Mary created over five centuries glow on the walls of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Curator Kathryn Wat says that, to her, Mary represents bravery and strength.
 

Sony Pictures Classics
December 19, 2014 | NPR · Critic Bob Mondello says Mike Leigh’s earthy new biopic about the famed British painter J.M.W Turner shows viewers the incandescent beauty of the world as Turner himself must have seen it.
 

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December 16, 2014 | NPR · The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.
 

 

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News

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January 29, 2015 | NPR · Office workers are spending more and more time in meetings and preparing for meetings. Experts say it’s often a waste of time, and managers — as well as a “meeting culture” — are to blame.
 

NPR
January 29, 2015 | NPR · The plunge in gas prices is expected to save the average household about $750 this year. For rural families and others who drive a lot, the savings will likely be even greater.
 

Pauline Bartolone for KXJZ
January 29, 2015 | KXJZ · When Blue Shield Of California stopped selling individual health policies in many zip codes in 2014, even insurance agents were surprised. Blue Shield says it dropped out to keep premiums low.
 

Arts & Life

South Dakota State Historical Society
January 28, 2015 | NPR · Wilder’s memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you’d ever know from her children’s books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.
 

January 28, 2015 | NPR · Robert Siegel talks to Joe Weisberg, creator of the FX television series, The Americans, about the similarities between his show and recent real-life spy-related events in New York and Argentina.
 

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.
 

Music

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January 29, 2015 | NPR · From Sam Smith to Meghan Trainor to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, many of the biggest hits on today’s charts pilfer from the past, but not all borrowing works the same way.
 

John Rogers for NPR
January 29, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · The monstrously talented and astoundingly prolific tenor saxophonist returned to New York this winter to present a four-clarinet summit and a new trio with Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington.
 

NPR
January 29, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · A 76-year-old jazz record label gathers its new crop into a band. Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland, Lionel Loueke, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott play each others’ tunes.
 

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