Arts

After Irma, South Florida's Fairy Tale Estate Looks Stricken By An Evil Spell

Before the hurricane wreaked "cataclysmic destruction," the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami hosted decades of quinceañeras and weddings. Now, hundreds of volunteers are helping clean up.

National Museum Of African American History And Culture Celebrates 1 Year

Thousands of people flock to the museum each day, making it one of the most popular Smithsonian destinations in the nation's capital.

Katharine Hepburn's Brownies: A Recipe For Home-Wrecking?

Two years ago in The New York Times' food section, Sydne Newberry commented on this recipe — and the bittersweet end to her marriage. The comment went on to become Internet legend.

Leveling Up In The Video Game Industry, Without Checkpoints: 'Significant Zero'

Videogame writer Walt Williams describes his Red-Bull-and-Adderal-fueled advancement in a competitive and secretive industry. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book "plays out ... like a videogame."

Goodbye, For Now, To A Vital Source For Native American News

Indian Country Today Media Network announced it would "cease active operations." That leaves a big hole in news coverage by, and about, Native Americans.

All Things Considered

'We Believe Deeply In Lox And Bagels': What It Means To Be A Secular Jew

In his new one-man show, On the Media host Bob Garfield grapples with questions of identity and belonging. "I've been running from the religious part of my religion for my entire adult life," he says.

'Inside Studio 54' Takes You Behind The Velvet Rope, And Into Some Dark Corners

Owner Mark Fleischman's memoir drops plenty of celebrity names while detailing the day-to-day logistics (and the drugs) that kept the nightspot running.

Weekend Edition Saturday

A Suicide Reverberates In 'The Ninth Hour'

NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Alice McDermott about her new novel, The Ninth Hour. It starts with a suicide and then reveals how the kindness of faithful strangers can steer people's lives.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Poetry For Kids Who Are 'Just No Good At Rhyming'

Poetry has to rhyme, doesn't it? Chris Harris talks with Scott Simon about his new book for kids called I'm Just No good at Rhyming.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made

Every year, the New York City Ballet asks top fashion designers to outfit its dancers for its Fall Gala. Good thing the capacity of its 18-person costume department is "the highest you can get."

The Modern, Mixed-Up Music Of Jazz Pianist Robert Glasper

June 10, 2016

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper remixes Miles Davis with modern hip-hop, soul and R&B. He joins us.

Week In The News: Hillary Makes History, Modi Meets Congress, Remembering 'The Greatest'

June 10, 2016

Hillary’s milestone. Obama meets Sanders. Mourning Muhammad Ali. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Huntington Theater Company Will Remain At BU Theatre

June 9, 2016

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined leaders of the Huntington Theatre Company to announce the company’s new home, which will be its old home.

Huntington Theatre Company Will Stay On Huntington Avenue

June 9, 2016
Huntington Theatre Company will not have to move from its home on the Avenue of the Arts. (Courtesy Boston University)

The Huntington Theatre Company announced Thursday that it will retain control over its longtime home, the BU Theatre.

The Hair Apparent—Stylist Adir Abergel Takes Over The Red Carpet

June 9, 2016

Abergel is the “it man” of hair, and joined us in our studio to discuss his hair philosophy and worldly inspirations.

What Price Convenience? Twin Peaks, And The Rewards Of Delayed Gratification

June 9, 2016

One evening every week, their anticipation in high gear, my parents turned off the living room lights… And I was told to leave the room.

Judy Collins Reflects On Addiction, Mental Health And Music

June 9, 2016
Singer and songwriter Judy Collins at WBUR. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Collins has long been known for voice, but she’s also been a long-time advocate on mental health issues.

It’s Good To Be A Fly On The Wall For These Remarkable ‘Dressing Room Stories’

June 9, 2016
Actor Alvin Epstein, seen in a 1997 production of "When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable)" at the American Repertory Theater. (Courtesy American Repertory Theater)

Carolyn Clay reviews “Dressing Room Stories,” a collection of Alvin Estein’s reminiscences from a life in the theater.

Chuck Klosterman Asks The Right Question: What If We’re Wrong?

June 8, 2016
Author Chuck Klosterman (Courtesy of Kris Drake)

Chuck Klosterman’s new book, “But What If We’re Wrong?” discusses what our world will look like in the future.

A Soprano Song Of Searing Passion And Heartbreaking Honesty — Remembering Phyllis Curtin

June 8, 2016
Conductor Erich Leinsdorf acknowledges soloist Phyllis Curtin onstage at Tanglewood's Koussevitzky Music Shed in 1965. (Courtesy Heinz-Weissenstein/BSO)

Lloyd Schwartz, classical music critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” remembers soprano Phyllis Curtin, who died at her home in the Berkshires Sunday.

Boston Ballet Moves Forward With A Sure Step

June 8, 2016
Misa Kuranaga and Irlan Silva in Karole Armitage's "Bitches Brew." (Courtesy of Gene Schiavone/Boston Ballet)

Entering its 53rd season, the Boston Ballet is focusing on its future, with two recent announcements to entice its audience: a new work for 2017-’18 by Wayne McGregor and a five-year partnership with choreographer William Forsythe.

Why The ‘Roots’ Remake Matters (And What Stays The Same)

June 7, 2016

The recent remake of “Roots” on the History Channel makes important changes, Morehouse College’s Stephane Dunn argues. But it also holds true to the original story.

Africa, America And Yaa Gyasi's 'Homegoing'

June 7, 2016

One African sister is sold as slave to America. One stays in Africa. Celebrated debut novelist Yaa Gyasi compares their descendants’ stories with us. Plus, looking at the new “Roots” miniseries.

Ballet, Flamenco, Hip Hop — Dance For World Community And Social Change

June 7, 2016

More than 100 dance and social activism organizations will descend on Harvard Square as part of Dance for World Community, an event presented by José Mateo Ballet Theatre, in an effort to enact change.

Yaa Gyasi’s Debut Novel ‘Homegoing’ Weaves A Tale Of Trauma And Resilience

June 7, 2016
Cover of Yaa Gyasi's novel "Homegoing." (Courtesy Knopf Publishing)

Epic but intimate, “Homegoing” is less a novel than a chronological collage of individual lives over three centuries and seven generations — through enslavement and freedom.

Yale University Lab Provides A Peek Into The Future Of Music

June 6, 2016
Yale student Bobby Berry talks to Yale instructor Thibault Bertrand as he works on his musical instrument project, a rotating glass harp. (Ryan Caron King/WNPR)

If you could transport yourself to the 23rd century, what would the instruments look like?

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