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What Does Everyday Courage Look Like?

Margaret Heffernan talks about the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people who are willing to speak up.

Please Touch! Cooper Hewitt Creates A Museum For The Internet Age

The design museum is housed in a historic building, but it has been remade into one of the country's most technologically advanced museums. Officials hope it attracts younger visitors — and donors.

Memories Of An Ironworker On The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the New York landmark, we hear from Bob Walsh, a builder who worked on the structure, and writer Gay Talese, who chronicled its construction.

Glenn Close Ends 20-Year Broadway Hiatus With 'A Delicate Balance'

Close stars as a suburban matron in a revival of Edward Albee's 1966 play. She tells NPR about the timelessness of Albee's play and getting a nosebleed in the middle of a recent matinee.
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How The Washington Ballet Keeps Those Sugarplums Fresh, Year After Year

After 10 years of sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers, how does the Washington Ballet keep its D.C.-specific "Nutcracker" fresh?

Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was 'Always Whittling On Dynamite'

Scott Saul's new book, Becoming Richard Pryor, describes how Pryor went from being raised by a grandmother, who was a bootlegger and madam, to being a transformative figure in entertainment.

A Prediction For How 'Serial' Is Going To End

In part one of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch editor Matt Thompson makes the brave and foolhardy decision to predict the conclusion.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 11

You can follow the personal journeys of South Africans born during apartheid or see a documentary film exploring depictions of African Americans in photography.


The Risks, Rewards And Mysteries Of Reporting From Iran

Nazila Fathi covered Iran for The New York Times until she feared her arrest was imminent. She then fled her homeland. Her new book, The Lonely War, tells of the challenges of reporting on Iran.

Join The Morning Edition Book Club: We're Reading 'Deep Down Dark'

Welcome to the first meeting of NPR's new book club! We're reading Hector Tobar's account of 33 men who were trapped for 69 days in a Chilean mine. Send us your questions; we may read them on-air.