Art & Design

Courtesy of the San Gennaro Catacombs
April 16, 2014 | NPR · A priest in Naples’ tough Sanità neighborhood has put local kids — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.
 

Courtesy of the U.S. GSA Fine Arts Program
April 16, 2014 | NPR · During the Great Depression, the federal government purchased hundreds of thousands of works by American artists. But in the decades since, much of that art has gone missing.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 16, 2014 | NPR · When Syreeta McFadden was young, she dreaded being photographed. Cameras made her skin look darkened and distorted. Now a photographer herself, she’s learned to capture various hues of brown skin.
 

Courtesy of Lawrie Brown
April 16, 2014 | NPR · The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren’t afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
 

Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
April 12, 2014 | NPR · From one-room historic buildings to modern architectural marvels, Robert Dawson has been photographing libraries for almost 20 years. His new book is called The Public Library.
 

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April 9, 2014 | NPR · The Rip Cord is a simple solution to open tightly sealed boxes without a knife, keys or any other sharp objects. And it might encourage recycling.
 

AP
April 4, 2014 | NPR · Former President George W. Bush worked with many world leaders while in office. Now, he’s unveiling 24 portraits he painted of some of them. The exhibit will be at his new presidential library.
 

Courtesy of Lammily
April 4, 2014 | NPR · Barbie dolls are marketed with sports gear, but could they actually run on those spindly gams? The design for a doll based on an average 19-year-old’s physique looks like it really has legs.
 

Courtesy of O. Rufus Lovett
April 2, 2014 | NPR · The rural Texas town was established as a “freedom colony” with land given to former slaves after the Civil War. O. Rufus Lovett photographed Weeping Mary and its residents for 11 years.
 

Courtesy of Pierre Emm
April 2, 2014 | NPR · Body art, made possible by a clever hack. It all started when a young student in France was riding his bike on the way to design school.
 

 

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News

AP
April 17, 2014 | NPR · The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
 

iStockphoto
April 16, 2014 | NPR · A new study adds to growing evidence that free drug samples influence doctors’ prescribing habits. The cost difference to patients can be hundreds of dollars per office visit.
 

April 16, 2014 | NPR · According to the Nigerian military, all but eight of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school have been rescued. As many as 100 girls had been abducted by militants earlier in the week.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of Random House
April 16, 2014 | NPR · Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
 

Courtesy of the San Gennaro Catacombs
April 16, 2014 | NPR · A priest in Naples’ tough Sanità neighborhood has put local kids — some from mob families — to work restoring underground catacombs full of early Christian art. The result? 40,000 tourists a year.
 

Courtesy of the U.S. GSA Fine Arts Program
April 16, 2014 | NPR · During the Great Depression, the federal government purchased hundreds of thousands of works by American artists. But in the decades since, much of that art has gone missing.
 

Music

Mountain Stage
April 16, 2014 | NPR · Though he’s not even halfway through his 20s, some are already beginning to think of singer-songwriter Noah Gunderson as a veteran musician. Today he performs with his sister, Abby.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 16, 2014 | NPR · Today’s show features great solo artists and duos in uncluttered acoustic arrangements.
 

Mountain Stage
April 16, 2014 | NPR · Singer, songwriter and guitarist David Broza brings his worldly sound and message to Mountain Stage. In this set, he plays original songs and a reworking of Pink Floyd’s “Mother.”
 

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