Art & Design

Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
August 30, 2014 | NPR · In her new collection Worn Stories, Emily Spivack compiles odes to beloved pieces of clothing, written by celebrities and fashionistas.
 

Upping the Aunty
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Toronto-based Meera Sethi’s multimedia art project showcases the unique style of South Asian women, fondly called “aunties.”
 

Twins Early Development Study/King's College in London
August 20, 2014 | NPR · There’s a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.
 

Tate Britain
August 16, 2014 | NPR · For five nights at London’s Tate Britain museum, four robots are roving through the halls controlled by people around the world.
 

NPR
August 16, 2014 | NPR · A hundred years after the start of World War I, 888,246 handmade red flowers are filling the moat at the Tower of London — one flower for each British or colonial life lost during the war.
 

James Ostrer
August 14, 2014 | NPR · James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.
 

John Keedy
August 12, 2014 | NPR · John Keedy used to be uncomfortable talking about his problems with anxiety, but not anymore. He hopes his series of photos will help others with mental illness see that they’re not alone.
 

Getty Images
August 11, 2014 | NPR · Deaccessioning is the permanent removal of an object from a museum’s collection. And there are a lot of rules surrounding it — for one, selling art to pay off debt will get you in big trouble.
 

Courtesy of Sam Van Aken
August 3, 2014 | NPR · Syracuse artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that will bloom in pink, purple and red in the spring and bear 40 different fruits in the summer and fall. It’s part art, part agricultural marvel.
 

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.
 

 

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News

September 1, 2014 | NPR · President Obama heads to Europe this week to take part in the NATO summit. The alliance is weighing how to respond to Russia’s incursions into Ukraine.
 

September 1, 2014 | NPR · Ebola has exposed weaknesses in Africa’s health networks and a failure to work together to arrest the spread of the virus. The “not our problem” response is taking an economic toll on the continent.
 

Courtesy of Studs Terkel Radio Archive/WFMT
September 1, 2014 | NPR · Four decades after Studs Terkel’s famous collection of oral histories was published, Radio Diaries revives one of his interviews with Helen Moog, an Ohio taxi driver and grandmother of five.
 

Arts & Life

September 1, 2014 | NPR · The process of becoming a man isn’t always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.
 

Alison Rosa
September 1, 2014 | NPR · Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year’s box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.
 

Jonathan Ring
September 1, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming’s books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.
 

Music

September 1, 2014 | NPR · Guitarist Joe Beck said he thought of the guitar as a six-piece band. Music reviewer Tom Moon says that’s exactly how Beck’s music sounds: layers of overlapping ideas. He reviews Beck’s posthumous release, “Get Me Joe Beck.”
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 1, 2014 | NPR · Plant’s 10th solo album lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past.
 

September 1, 2014 | NPR · The archetypal ’70s band had a charismatic frontman and wonderful songs, but they also had drug problems and kept breaking up. Their Warner Bros. recordings are in a new box set called Rad Gumbo.
 

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