Art & Design

Maximilian Schich & Mauro Martino, 2014
August 1, 2014 | NPR · Researchers have mapped the travels of 150,000 artists, politicians and religious leaders over the past 2,000 years. The videos reveal how cultural achievements ebb and flow across the U.S and Europe.
 

Continuum
July 31, 2014 | NPR · You can use a 3-D printer to craft yourself a cellphone case, a toy car or a new trachea. This week’s innovation introduces 3-D printed high heels, and the print-and-wear fad as a growing trend.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Built in the late 1920s by movie moguls, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Los Angeles landmark — and also a statement the LA Jewish community made to itself, and to the city.
 

Tanya Conovaloff
July 27, 2014 | NPR · Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek across the country this month, buying handmade signs from homeless people. He says the project has changed the way he views homelessness.
 

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.
 

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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.
 

 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · The $694 million Border Security Supplemental Spending Bill was endorsed one day after the House Republican leadership canceled its plan to hold a vote on the legislation.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Two Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa are flying to Atlanta. They will be the first patients treated for the disease in the U.S. What’s the risk of Ebola spreading during the transport?
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · Calling the shootings “questionable,” a civil rights attorney in Oakland requested action by the Justice Department. The Salinas police chief said that would be premature.
 

Arts & Life

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · Academy Award-winning makeup artist Dick Smith has died at age 92. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Smith was responsible for bringing some of Hollywood’s most iconic characters to life. Ari Shapiro speaks with Sue Cabral-Ebert, the president of the Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild, about Smith’s legendary career.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Think opera plots are tough to follow? Try wading through the complicated action offstage at the Metropolitan Opera. Here’s who’s involved — with perspective on disputes that aren’t new.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Friend shares his love of New Orleans “jass” by playing “Sweet Lorraine” on six-string banjo.
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In ’80s and ’90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.
 

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