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Miss America Pageant Apologizes To 1983 Winner Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams was forced to resign as Miss America in 1984 after nude photos of her were published in a magazine.

Nintendo's Super Mario Turns 30

The game's concept and graphics were simple. The gameplay was habit-forming. And Nintendo's mustachioed, overalls-wearing plumber Mario became a global icon.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 14, 2015

You can start your week with folk music at a D.C. venue or check out an exhibit featuring work by African American and African Diasporic artists.


Joyce Carol Oates' Memoir Revisits The Farm And The Family That Shaped Her

Oates grew up on a farm in upstate New York. In The Lost Landscape, she describes how her parents, her grandmother, and her school experiences made her into the writer she is today.

Like A 'Hall Of Mirrors,' TV Duo Dance With Selves On Other Side Of Screen

Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells are best friends and British actresses — who also happen to play best friends and British actresses on TV. In Doll & Em, the meta experiment gets a bit out of hand.

In 'Gamelife,' A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Role-Player

Michael W. Clune spent much of his childhood alone — just him and his 8-bit computer. But, as he writes in his new memoir, playing text adventures and role-playing games helped prepare him for life.

A Marriage, Warts And All, Is At The Heart Of 'Fates And Furies'

In Lauren Groff's new book, Fates and Furies, a marriage unfolds over many decades, from the husband's perspective, then the wife's. Groff talks about a marriage under the microscope.

A Philosophical Posse Hunts For The Self In Nathaniel Mackey's Poems

Nathaniel Mackey's book Blue Fasa has been described as metaphysical and mythological. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with poet Douglas Kearney about the lure of Mackey's words.

The Powerful Photos That Rocked Getty Images' First Instagram Grant

For many photojournalists, Instagram has become a "modern-day Polaroid camera" used to take quick snapshots of important issues — and visual media giants have taken notice.

The Jewish Fruitcake: Honey Cake Is A Sweet And Stodgy Tradition

In symbolic hope for a sweet new year, many Jews will mark the start of Rosh Hashanah with honey cake. The cake is sentimental, but not always beloved. Here, a delectable update to the ancient recipe.