March 9, 2014 | NPR · A local official says he was detained and tortured by the Communist Party after being accused of taking bribes. The Associated Press reports these investigations occur without judicial oversight.
March 9, 2014 | NPR · Things are not what they seem in Helen Oyeyemi’s new novel, set in 1950s New England. The book places Snow White in a particular historical context, exploring beauty, envy and identity.
March 9, 2014 | NPR · The Eataly food emporium plans to open a $55 million theme park in Italy, devoted to the nation’s culinary pleasures. Some have dubbed it the “Disneyland of food,” but Italians aren’t impressed.
March 9, 2014 | NPR · When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned to do a mural for Rockefeller Center, some may have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.
March 9, 2014 | NPR · John Denver’s hit “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” has just become a state song of West Virginia, an effort spearheaded by the woman married to the actor who played Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island.