Art & Design

Courtesy Paley Studios
July 22, 2014 | NPR · Albert Paley’s eye-catching gates, archways and sculptures frame transitions and elevate otherwise routine paths. An exhibit in Washington, D.C., is celebrating the work of the American metalsmith.
 

July 20, 2014 | NPR · When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.
 

Courtesy of The National Literacy Trust
July 14, 2014 | NPR · The National Literacy Trust commissioned 50 artists to paint benches with scenes from famous books and placed them around London for the summer.
 

Courtesy of Harvard University Archives
July 11, 2014 | WBUR · In the early 1960s, abstract artist Mark Rothko created five murals for a penthouse dining room at Harvard University. By the late ’70s they were trashed — sun-faded and splattered with cocktails.
 

Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio
July 10, 2014 | NPR · Readers responded strongly to our series about caregiving, especially one photo of a father caring for his son with cerebral palsy. Some said it was demeaning. Others said it revealed great love.
 

Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation
July 10, 2014 | NPR · In the 1800s, still-life painting was the bottom feeder of the art world, but that’s where the French painter chose to leave his mark. “I want to astonish Paris with an apple,” he’s said to have said.
 

Kazimir Malevich/Tretyakov Gallery; Beth Novey/NPR
July 9, 2014 | NPR · After psychologists did an experiment with salad arranged like a Kandinsky painting, we asked you to make your own plates arranged like fine art. Here are some of the tantalizing results you sent in.
 

NPR
July 3, 2014 | NPR · In the city of Jericho in the West Bank, there’s a new home that looks like it might be from another planet. But in fact, its designers took pains to use materials that were as local as possible.
 

Hawaii Public Radio
July 1, 2014 | NPR · Native Hawaiians on the police force have criticized the ban. Many say tattoos are part of their cultural heritage and should remain in plain sight.
 

Ramiro Chaves/Courtesy Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
June 28, 2014 | NPR · Handmade rebozos and huipiles are staples of traditional Mexican attire. Designer Carla Fernández re-imagines those garments for runways in Tokyo and Amsterdam.
 

 

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News

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Israel’s military has been the dominant Middle East force since the 1967 war. Yet for the third time in a decade, the army is bogged down in a protracted fight with Islamist militants.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today’s storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute.
 

AP
July 25, 2014 | NPR · The truce would allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it’s needed, officials say. It would reportedly begin Saturday morning.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy Peaches Christ
July 25, 2014 | NPR · We’ve invited Peaches Christ, Queen of San Francisco Drag Queens, to play a game called “Fuggedaboutit!”
 

Sony Pictures Classics
July 25, 2014 | NPR · Allen doesn’t rehearse, and he isn’t a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn’t direct. He says Allen was a “very involved and meticulous director” while making Magic in the Moonlight.
 

Andrea Shea for WBUR
July 25, 2014 | WBUR · At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.
 

Music

Adam Kissick for NPR
July 25, 2014 | NPR · The prolific singer-songwriter showcases some of his new songs — and many others from his long and frequently glorious catalog — during a live webcast from Newport, R.I.
 

Courtesy of the artist
July 25, 2014 | NPR · Despite being born blind and speaking a language that few on Earth understand, Australian singer-songwriter Gurrumul has become, as Rolling Stone puts it, the most important voice of his nation.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Try your hand at our puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring fills and intros hand-picked by Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino. Hear the fill or intro and match it to the song.
 

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