Outrage in the U.S. over a French photo spread featuring a seductively arrayed 10-year-old model helped spur proposed legislation to ban child beauty pageants in France. That's ironic considering how popular, prevalent and lucrative the American child, or "glitz," beauty pageant industry is.
Armando, also known as Mando, is played by Puerto Rico-born actor Ismael Cruz Cordova. The young actor speaks with host Michel Martin about his role on Sesame Street and the show's new focus on Hispanic heritage.
The actor plays — played? — DEA Agent Hank Schrader on the soon-to-end drama Breaking Bad, as well as local politician Big Jim Rennie on Under the Dome. He chatted with NPR's Steve Inskeep about Hank's disposition, playing these two very different roles, and singing onstage when he was 5.
As a teenager, Christian Dior helped his mother design the garden at their home in Normandy, France. He carried his love of flowers — also the focus of the French Impressionists who came before him — along with him into his fashion career.
The actor joins NPR's Robert Siegel to talk about an upcoming revival of the 1978 Harold Pinter play. In the show, directed by Mike Nichols, Craig is acting with his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz — but he says the two don't talk about it outside the office.
California parolee Charles Manson arrived in San Francisco in 1967, when the city was full of young waifs looking for a guru. In Manson, Jeff Guinn argues that if the cult leader had instead been paroled in a place like Nebraska, he likely would not have been so successful.
The new PBS series Latino Americans takes a look at the 500 year history of Hispanics in North America, and how it's shaped their identities today. Host Michel Martin speaks with award-winning filmmaker Adriana Bosch about the series.
The new Miss America, Nina Davuluri, has been getting a lot of attention — but not all of it is positive. Host Michel Martin speaks with the ladies of the Beauty Shop about the pageant, and the idea of American beauty.
When Nina Davuluri won the Miss America pageant this past weekend, some people on Twitter said she wasn't "American enough." Host Michel Martin speaks to Davuluri about her title and the reaction to it.
Tulane medical students are trading in their scrubs for chefs whites. They've teamed up with culinary students at Johnson & Wales University as part of an innovative new program designed to teach both groups how good nutrition can help stave off lifestyle diseases.
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