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In Berlin, Remaking The City Can Rekindle Old Frictions

City planners rushed to erase divisions between East and West Berlin after the wall came down in 1989. But the fate of communist-era buildings can still provoke friction a quarter-century later.

TV's 'Nashville' A Boon For The Tennessee City

The TV show Nashville is about the lives of fictional country music stars and aspiring stars — and its popularity is drawing visitors to the real city from around the world.

A New Museum To Celebrate Southern Food (And You Can Eat The Exhibits)

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans is re-imagining what a museum can be. There's plenty of scholarship, but also taste testing — and a mission to help budding food entrepreneurs.

In Cronenberg's 'Consumed,' An Appetite For Sex, Death And The Latest Gear

Director David Cronenberg's debut novel is about two journalists chasing after sensational stories. This book is admirable in its unflinching gaze and beautiful in its depiction of a twisted reality.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 8

Don’t forget to stretch! A dance festival and ballet-themed visual art exhibit might inspire you to move.


In 'Lila,' A Nomad Finds Solace And Love In The Arms Of A Preacher

Marilynne Robinson's fourth novel is a prequel to 2004's Gilead: That book told the Rev. John Ames' family story and this book tells the story of his wife.

'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America

From the time of slavery, some light-skinned African-Americans escaped racism by passing as white. The new book, A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, explores what they lost.

The Secret To Prize-Winning Porridge Is In the Spurtle

An Scottish man won the prestigious 21st Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships on Saturday. We learn from Dr. Izhar Khan about his secret to winning porridge.

Voters Will Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado And Oregon

Similar measures calling for labeling genetically modified foods have failed in recent years in California and Washington, and Vermont is being sued for the labeling law it enacted earlier this year.

'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

As The CW's new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes the best new broadcast dramas of the fall season are based on comic book stories.