Art & Design

November 25, 2014 | NPR · The Celtic knot — a pattern of interlocking lines — is centuries old, carved into ancient stones all over Ireland. But that tattoo on your biceps? Like the fortune cookie, American born and bred.
 

Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles
November 22, 2014 | NPR · A photographer’s journey along the U.S.-Mexico border turned up dramatic images of lost possessions. Those found items were later made into instruments that sound just like that desolate landscape.
 

Courtesy of Peter Milton
November 16, 2014 | VPR · After his diagnosis, Peter Milton wasn’t about to abandon art; but he did feel he had to abandon color. Today he says he finds black and white to be “fully more elegant than color.”
 

Marvel Entertainment
November 16, 2014 | NPR · The recently announced feature, scheduled for November 2017, may be the first Afrofuturist film with a shot of blockbuster success.
 

TED
November 14, 2014 | NPR · Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.
 

Kodak
November 13, 2014 | NPR · Named for the original model — an employee of Kodak — the portraits were used by photo labs to calibrate printers. But until the 1970s, that model was always white.
 

Getty Images
November 12, 2014 | NPR · In medieval art, Virgin Mary was cloaked in blue. In Colonial America “blue laws” made it illegal to buy alcohol on Sunday. And more recently, irreverent blue humor made blue the most off-color color.
 

Christie's Images LTD. 2014
November 12, 2014 | NPR · Unlike novelists and musicians, visual artists don’t get royalties for their work. New legislation aims to fix this by taxing public sales, but auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s oppose the idea.
 

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November 4, 2014 | NPR · The painter had mixed fortunes in life, but his works are receiving the royal treatment in Crete and Spain on the 400th anniversary of his death.
 

Courtesy Nikki Sylianteng
October 30, 2014 | NPR · Is it safe to park on the street, or are you risking a ticket? The more signs there are, the more confusing that question gets. Designer Nikki Sylianteng has found a way to help.
 

 

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Getty Images
November 26, 2014 | NPR · While several big cities saw large protests after the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on Monday, Tuesday saw protests and blocked highways in at least 14 cities across the country.
 

Getty Images
November 25, 2014 | NPR · Authorities cleared a major pro-democracy protest camp in a blue-collar neighborhood Wednesday. The months of fruitless demonstrating has disheartened many protesters, NPR’s Frank Langfitt reports.
 

Peak Performance
November 25, 2014 | NPR · After a stray dog met a team of Swedish adventure athletes in Ecuador, he ran for miles to stay with them. Now Arthur the dog is famous — and it all started with a meatball.
 

Arts & Life

NPR
November 25, 2014 | NPR · Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.
 

Riverhead
November 25, 2014 | NPR · Years after her grandfather’s death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he’d left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather’s true love.
 

November 25, 2014 | NPR · Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume from the Wizard of Oz, the piano from Casablanca, and Radio Raheem’s boombox from Do the Right Thing are some of the pieces of Hollywood memorabilia that sold at auction Monday night in New York.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
November 25, 2014 | NPR · Jimmy Greene’s new album is dedicated to his daughter, one of the 20 children killed in the elementary school shooting. “She showed love,” he says, “to everybody she came in contact with.”
 

November 25, 2014 | NPR · It’s not too early to be releasing Christmas albums, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has been listening to a lot of them.
 

WireImage
November 25, 2014 | NPR · After decades of performing, the celebrated soprano’s enthusiasm for music is irresistible. She chooses some of her favorite recordings for an informal session of listening and conversation.
 

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