Art & Design

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · His designs weren’t experimental, says fashion critic Robin Givhan, but their popularity proved that there’s still a place in our culture for fashion rooted in beauty, propriety and decorum.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · De la Renta died Monday, according to a statement from his family. The Dominican designer was a ground-breaker in the industry.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

 

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October 23, 2014 | KERA · The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it’s still selling the product.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · “When it comes to voice mail, they’re just over it,” says Jane Buckingham, a trend expert. But it’s still important at work, so younger generations will have to learn what to do after the beep.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · An independent investigation found that the school’s Afro and Afro-American Studies Department used the “paper classes” to inflate grades for more than 3,000 students, nearly half of them athletes.
 

Arts & Life

October 23, 2014 | NPR · On a cold evening in London in 1817, painter Benjamin Haydon hosted a dinner with the likes of Keats and Wordsworth. Critic Stanley Plumly recreates the crackling conversation about art and science.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · The Cook’s Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn’t you pack your burgers too tight? Two America’s Test Kitchen editors explain.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · Rock ‘n’ roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal’s new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.
 

Music

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · The mockingbird is known for latching onto sounds and repeating them. But in the case of a certain four-note phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate, the bird may be the original artist.
 

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October 23, 2014 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · The iconic record company turns 75 this year, and to celebrate, it threw a concert featuring both its living legends and rising stars. Hear highlights and reflections on the label’s influence.
 

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October 23, 2014 | WXPN · Producer Aaron Luis Levinson shares some of his favorite music on World Cafe‘s Latin music series.
 

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