The Republican vice presidential pick wants to take another look at programs like Medicare and Social Security. Fresh Air's resident linguist parses the word "entitlement" in its political and nonpolitical contexts.
Chicago's Dixon School looks more like an African-American art gallery than a public school. In the largely black blue-collar neighborhood of Chatham, a school where art plays a central role in the lives of students is a rarity. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with director Pamela Sherrod Anderson about her documentary, The Curators of Dixon School.
Richard Simmons opened his first aerobics studio in Beverly Hills nearly 40 years ago. Since then, he has become an international celebrity, selling millions of fitness videos and writing best-selling books. But all along the way, Simmons never stopped teaching aerobics classes at that Beverly Hills studio. NPR's Sam Sanders stopped in for a session.
NBC News' top-rated Nightly News with Brian Williams draws a modest number of Hispanics, compared with the population at large. Network executives see that as a growth opportunity, and they're turning to their Spanish-language sister network, Telemundo, for help in realizing it.
When author Vaddey Ratner was just a child, the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and destroyed her aristocratic family. Her new novel, In the Shadow of the Banyan, draws on her terrible experiences — and the poetry and stories from her father that helped her survive.
When Brown took the reins at Cosmopolitan magazine in 1965, it was a foundering monthly known for fiction. Without any editing experience, she turned it into the wildly popular, sexy, women-focused, hugely profitable glossy we know today. She died Monday in New York.
There's nothing scarier than having someone you love turn on you. For author D.W. Gibson, that someone was Roald Dahl, who, in addition to children's books, wrote short stories that are truly terrifying. Is there a book that haunts your dreams? Tell us about it in the comments.
Seeking eel pie's origins, the Kitchen Sisters find an island where the Rolling Stones used to play. The traditional British dish can only be found in a handful of London shops now, but Eel Pie Island lives on in music history.
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