NPR4 min read
The Beauty And The Power Of African Blacksmiths
An exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art highlights the remarkable skills and creativity of iron workers from over 100 ethnic groups across the continent.
NPR2 min read
'Flowers Over The Inferno' Has A Tantalizing Weirdness
Ilaria Tuti's crime thriller, set in the mountains of northern Italy, stars a classic odd couple of cops: A gruff, aging, unhealthy veteran detective and her young whippersnapper of a partner.
NPR1 min read
Sunday Puzzle: City Sounds
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Weekend Edition Puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with KANW and KUNM listener Kirstie Newman of Santa Fe, N.M.
NPR2 min read
For Mongolia's Ice Shooters, Warmer Winters Mean A Shorter Sports Season
This season's final competition, originally scheduled for mid-March, had to be bumped up by two weeks. "The river was already melting," the town's mayor explained.
NPR3 min read
'Gentleman Jack' Swaggers Off The Page And Onto The Screen
A new HBO show takes on the life of Anne Lister, a real-life British landowner of the 1830s whose voluminous coded diaries detailed her extensive — and sometimes open — love affairs with women.
NPR3 min read
'Nearing 90,' Judith Viorst Says She's Never Been Happier
Judith Viorst's new collection of poetry is called Nearing 90, though she's quick to note she's only "a girl of 88." She's still writing, looking forward to grandchildren graduation, and feeling good.
NPR4 min read
From 'Little House' to Libertarianism: Rose Wilder Lane's Troublemaking Life
Cartoonist Peter Bagge takes on the life of another independent woman in Credo, his biography of pioneering libertarian Rose Wilder Lane (also known for being the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder).
NPR3 min read
Not Just Child's Play: World Tiddlywink Champions Look To Reclaim Their Glory
David Lockwood and Larry Kahn, "the Ali-Frazier" of Tiddlywinks, are vying to win the World Pairs title. To the professional winkers, the game is far more than shooting discs, or "winks," into a cup.
NPR5 min read
'Ramy' Is About One Millennial American Muslim — And Everyone's Racist Uncles
A new TV series from the comedian Ramy Youssef — based on his own experience growing up as an Egyptian American in New Jersey — is trying out some different first-generation narratives.
NPR1 min read
Sri Lanka Explosions Target Churches and Hotels, Killing At Least 138
Updated at 4:50 a.m. ET At least 138 people were killed and nearly 500 hospitalized from injuries after explosions went off at three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, according to officials. A security official told The Associ
NPR4 min readSociety
20 Years On, The Background Check System Continues To Miss Dangerous Gun Buyers
Mere months before the shooting at Columbine High School, the federal government established a background check system to screen gun buyers but shootings haven't waned.
NPR4 min read
Disciplining Kids Without Yelling: Readers Tell Us Their Tricks
Our readers share some tricks for getting your children to listen without raising your voice — sometimes without even saying a word.
NPR3 min read
Emotionally Complex 'Arid Dreams' Operates On Multiple Levels
Duanwad Pimwana is one of Thailand's preeminent female writers, and this newly translated story collection — while not uniformly flawless — lets readers watch her grow into a true master of the form.
NPR2 min read
Opinion: Amid Devastation, Paris Firefighters' Bravery Is An Inspiration
NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the efforts of the firefighters who rushed into the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris when it caught fire earlier this week.
NPR5 min readPolitics
In Korean DMZ, Wildlife Thrives. Some Conservationists Worry Peace Could Disrupt It
The heavily fortified no-man's land separating North and South Korea, largely untouched by humans, has become an ecological niche for the region's flora and fauna, including endangered species.
NPR3 min read
100 Dances For 100 Years Of Merce Cunningham
To celebrate the centennial of the modern-dance pioneer's birth, dancers at theaters in London, New York and Los Angeles performed a total of 100 solos that the master choreographed.
NPR4 min readPolitics
'Republic Of Lies' Explores The Fixation With Conspiracy Theories
Author Anna Merlan's recitations are chilling, as are her warnings that fringe beliefs tend to go mainstream — and how their rise is seen against a resurgence in nationalism and white supremacy.
NPR3 min readPolitics
Congress Considers Making College More Accessible To People In Prison
A bipartisan group of lawmakers across the House and the Senate introduced a bill that would allow people in prison access to federal Pell grants to pay for college.
NPR8 min readPsychology
Reach Out: Ways To Help A Loved One At Risk Of Suicide
What can you do when you fear someone you know may be considering suicide? It can feel daunting, but suicide prevention experts say we all can help someone at risk by reaching out and showing we care.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Northern Ireland Police Arrest 2 Men In Shooting Death Of Journalist
Authorities say they arrested an 18- and 19-year-old under the U.K.'s controversial Terrorism Act and took them to the Musgrave Serious Crime Suite, a police station in Belfast.
NPR4 min readPolitics
The Tell-All Book That Could Trump Them All: The Mueller Report
Few authors get to pick who will provide the exclusive first review of their work, and Mueller didn't either. That choice was made by the principal character in the story, the president himself.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Yellow Vest Protesters Fueled By Anger Over Notre Dame Funds March In Paris
Protesters set fires in eastern Paris as they marched for the 23rd Saturday in a row. They say the efforts to restore the damaged Notre Dame cathedral are eclipsing their demands.
NPR2 min read
Helvetica, The Iconic Font Both Loved And Loathed, Gets Its 1st Redesign In 36 Years
The updated font even has a new name: "Helvetica Now." But like many changes, some people are skeptical.
NPR3 min read
Retta: Tweet Yo' Self
Retta reflects on trading her career in chemistry for comedy, her "crazy" audition for Parks And Recreation, and what she loves about portraying a fully-realized character on Good Girls.
NPR3 min readSociety
California Parents Sentenced To Life In Prison After Years Of Torturing 12 Children
"My parents took my whole life from me," said one of the couple's adult daughters who testified against David and Louise Turpin on Friday. "But now I'm taking my life back."
NPR1 min read
Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Julien' Will Make You Cry At The Club
The opening track to Carly Rae Jepsen's forthcoming Dedicated, out May 17, is full of the feels.
NPR3 min read
Police In Northern Ireland Seek Journalist's Killers
29-year-old Lyra McKee was a rising star in journalism in Northern Ireland and abroad. Her death was condemned by nearly all political factions there.
NPR3 min readSociety
Brooklyn Judge Upholds Mandatory Vaccinations, As New York City Closes More Schools
Judge Lawrence Knipel refused a request from parents to lift the vaccination order that was imposed last week to stem a measles outbreak. The parents claimed the city had overstepped its authority.
NPR3 min read
Silicon Valley Has Its Tech Campuses. Now It Wants A Monument
Tourists are flocking to California to see the origins of their favorite tech companies. Now there might be a monument about Silicon Valley's glory.
…Or Discover Something New