Art & Design

Ricco-Maresca Gallery
March 29, 2015 | WNYC · Martin Ramirez was a self-taught artist who spent much of his life confined to hospitals, where he began to make remarkable art. Now some of it is featured on a new series of U.S. postage stamps.
 

Courtesy of the Museum of California Design
March 28, 2015 | NPR · Tyrus Wong’s expressive paintings caught Walt Disney’s eye and became the visual guide for Bambi. Born in China, Wong — now 104 — used forged papers to enter the U.S. under the Chinese Exclusion Act.
 

Courtesy of Robert and Karen Duncan
March 28, 2015 | NPR · In Lagos, Iké Udé’s family engaged in a West African tradition: photographing people wearing new clothes. Clothing and portraiture are still at the center of the New York-based photographer’s work.
 

Hammacher Schlemmer
March 24, 2015 | NPR · It has been a while since we’ve seen an upgrade to either roller skates or the skateboard. But which one is it? These wheels give skating in the 21st century an effortless new look.
 

KUT
March 21, 2015 | KUT · The opera, based on the tumultuous lives of painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, coincides with a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year they lived in the city.
 

Getty Images
March 20, 2015 | NPR · For your weekend, here are four recommendations: How Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became an Internet meme, how The Great Wave went viral, a profile of Hugh Hewitt and why 4Chan’s founder walked away.
 

Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
March 19, 2015 | NPR · In The Battle of Versailles, fashion critic Robin Givhan tells the story of the groundbreaking runway show that pitched French couture designers against American up-and-comers.
 

AP
March 18, 2015 | NPR · On March 18, 1990, robbers stole $500 million in art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Author Stephen Kurkjian explains why anyone would bother to steal work so priceless it couldn’t be sold.
 

NPR
March 17, 2015 | NPR · Some of the artifacts date back more than 4,000 years. Among them is the head of a statue of Assyrian King Sargon II, similar to one destroyed by militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
 

Detroit Institute of Arts
March 16, 2015 | NPR · This is the first exhibit to focus on the time Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo spent in Detroit. It’s a big step for the Detroit Institute of Arts as it recovers from the tumult of the city’s bankruptcy.
 

 

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News

AP
March 29, 2015 | NPR · The two sides are reportedly close to a deal ahead of a Tuesday deadline, but diplomatic sources caution that an agreement could still fall apart.
 

Xinhua/Landov
March 29, 2015 | NPR · The 22-member body agreed in principle to the military force that could be rapidly deployed to regional trouble spots.
 

EPA/Landov
March 29, 2015 | NPR · Boko Haram extremists are being blamed for more than 40 deaths, including one lawmaker, as balloting continues in a closely-fought presidential elections.
 

Arts & Life

March 29, 2015 | NPR · The challenge is a game of categories based on the word “watch.” For each category provided, name something starting with each of the letters W-A-T-C-H.
 

March 29, 2015 | NPR · When Cate Blanchett was interviewed about her role in Cinderella last week, the interview came to an abrupt end with some inappropriate language. Oh, my! What would Prince Charming think?
 

Ricco-Maresca Gallery
March 29, 2015 | WNYC · Martin Ramirez was a self-taught artist who spent much of his life confined to hospitals, where he began to make remarkable art. Now some of it is featured on a new series of U.S. postage stamps.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
March 29, 2015 | NPR · The electronic act scored its first hit with “Dangerous,” a hard-grooving single that exuded digital-age fears about privacy. Founder Alan Wilkis spoke with Rachel Martin about the new album 2.0.
 

Courtesy of the artist
March 29, 2015 | NPR · The Melbourne rocker makes her witty songcraft look easy. Performing and socializing, however, are a whole other battle.
 

March 28, 2015 | NPR · Yale computer scientist David Gelernter talks with NPR’s Arun Rath about using computers and the Internet to teach young people to appreciate the beauty of what he calls “serious music.”
 

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