A scientist in Birmingham, Ala., is trying to help overharvested sea urchins, considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, find their way back to a restaurant near you. He's developed an urchin farm to help grow them more sustainably and a special feed that gives them a sweet umami taste.
It's been a good summer for author Jhumpa Lahiri. Her new novel, The Lowland, has been nominated for two major literary prizes. But reviewer Ellah Allfrey says that while the book is elegantly structured, she wished for more humanity from the characters.
In a distinguished career that spanned politics, diplomacy and teaching, Kofi Awoonor is best known as one of Africa's most accomplished poets. The 78-year-old Ghanaian was killed in Saturday's attack at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
Actress Alfre Woodard missed out on an Emmy last night for her role in 'Steel Magnolias,' but she's got plenty of other golden statues to comfort her. She's also generating buzz for the upcoming film '12 Years a Slave.' Woodard takes us behind the scenes of that film, and offers some wisdom about the acting business.
India's politics and history play a central role in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland. In the Booker Prize-nominated novel, an Indian radical is killed, and his wife and brother start over in America. Lahiri tells NPR's Lynn Neary that the story is inspired by true events, but very unlike her own life.
NPR's Neda Ulaby talks to David Saltzberg, the scientist who makes sure that all those equations splashed all over CBS's hugely popular The Big Bang Theory make sense. He also helps create realistic dialogue, and he even wrote a joke once.
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross created and starred in the short-lived sketch comedy program Mr. Show. Fifteen years after their show went off the air, they have a new book of old scripts that were rejected by Hollywood.
It's the top-selling spirit in the world, but you've probably never heard of it. That's because Jinro soju does less than 5 percent of its sales in the U.S. Now, they're looking to expand that presence — by a lot. "We want to be in every store," says one marketing manager. "That's our main goal."
Once dismissed as "doomed to oblivion," Ed Ruscha's first photo series celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Ruscha devoted his photography to all the mundane details of his native Los Angeles, capturing all the gas stations and buildings that go missing in glamor shots.
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