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The Potter's House Mural In Adams Morgan May Not Be Around Much Longer

The iconic mural gracing the front of The Potter House in Adams Morgan may not be long for this world, as a renovation team plans to replace the imagery with something more friendly to the secular.


Magician Kenrick 'ICE' McDonald Sees The Light In The 'Dark Arts'

As the son of a preacher, McDonald often had to practice his magic tricks in secret while he was growing up. Now he's the first black president of the Society of American Magicians.

Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen

Trejo is famous for playing rough, macho tough guys. A distinctive tattoo helped him get his first role, as a convict. He was perfect for the part: Before he was in movies, Trejo was in prison.

Customer Dissatisfaction: The Fine Art Of The Funny Complaint

Anthony Matthews is a master of the consumer complaint, writing and collecting some of the best letters to customer service. Two of his tips for success: use humor and write a real, hard-copy letter.

Amid Rising College Costs, A Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, says that the debate over the value of a college education is hardly new.

'Oh Gad!' Presents A Compelling Slice Of Caribbean Life

Joanne C. Hillhouse's novel tells of a woman returning to the island of Antigua, a homeland which she's never been able to call home. Author Elizabeth Nunez says the book is a weekend must-read.

'Great Glass Sea' Presents A Dark Vision Of Bright Nights

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Josh Weil about his new novel The Great Glass Sea, which imagines a dystopian Russia of 24-hour daylight and 24-hour labor under a greenhouse dome.

A New Show About Doctors Of Old

NPR's Arun Rath talks to actor Clive Owen about his new TV series The Knick. It's a medical drama set in turn-of-the-century New York City.

'Calvary' Brings Murder And Other Sins To The Big Screen

NPR's Arun Rath speaks to John Michael McDonagh, writer and director of the new Irish murder mystery Calvary.

Roxane Gay On Acknowledging — And Owning — Her 'Bad' Feminism

Yes, her new essay collection is called Bad Feminist, but Roxane Gay says the title — originally jokey — grew into a larger message about owning your feminism even when you're not perfect at it.