Art & Design

Vintage/Knopf
October 16, 2014 | NPR · Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of book covers, including two new ones of his own: Cover and What We See When We Read. He talks about his process and why “dead authors get the best” covers.
 

Department of the Interior
October 12, 2014 | NPR · This month, the National Portrait Gallery presented its largest portrait yet, a 6-acre face rendered in sand and soil on the National Mall.
 

October 11, 2014 | NPR · A new biography by Meryle Secrest looks at the troubled life of designer Elsa Schiaparelli — renowned as the Queen of Fashion, a glamorous innovator whose career never recovered from World War II.
 

NPR
October 10, 2014 | NPR · Garment-making once thrived in the South. Two acclaimed designers are trying to bring it back with a field-to-garment concept, creating a clothing line from their own organic cotton grown in Alabama.
 

AP
October 9, 2014 | NPR · Dancer, choreographer, director, actor and painter Geoffrey Holder died Sunday. His son, Leo, writes about the remarkable last night he spent with his father.
 

Getty Images
October 9, 2014 | NPR · City planners rushed to erase divisions between East and West Berlin after the wall came down in 1989. But the fate of communist-era buildings can still provoke friction a quarter-century later.
 

TED
October 3, 2014 | NPR · Writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses. She shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.
 

TED
October 3, 2014 | NPR · Sir Ken Robinson makes a case for creating an education system that nurtures — rather than stifles — creativity.
 

WeWatt
October 2, 2014 | NPR · Stationary bikes that power your gadgets as you pedal are this week’s innovation pick. They’ve already appeared in railway stations and airports in Europe and may be for sale later this year.
 

Fox TV
October 2, 2014 | NPR · Fox’s new show Gracepoint is a remake of a British murder mystery, Broadchurch. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says those who saw the original might want to watch the new series with someone who hasn’t.
 

 

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News

October 19, 2014 | NPR · The newspaper’s heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?
 

October 19, 2014 | NPR · The 30-person team is designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola. The team would provide medical assistance to hospitals.
 

AP
October 19, 2014 | NPR · Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhino, was the first to be born in captivity and only one of two breeding males known to exist.
 

Arts & Life

October 19, 2014 | NPR · In her new book The Lives of Muhammad, Boston University professor Kecia Ali discusses the different ways that Muslim and non-Muslim biographers have depicted the prophet over the centuries.
 

Courtesy of Geena Davis
October 19, 2014 | NPR · Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice and A League Of Their Own. But before her acting debut in Tootsie, she worked at a clothing store in window displays.
 

October 19, 2014 | NPR · The newspaper’s heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
October 19, 2014 | NPR · With its roots in punk and heartland rock, LP3 is a rattling, unpinnable record that doesn’t know when to stop baring its soul.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 19, 2014 | NPR · Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz spend their second album feeling and defining the contours of each other’s voices, trading verses, lines and leads. They call it “blood harmony,” which about sums it up.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 19, 2014 | NPR · The singer, formerly known as Cat Stevens, tackles weighty existential questions by looking backward, using the blues to unlock buried memories.
 

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