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Abandoned D.C: Exploring Lost Spaces

For nearly two decades, Washington D.C. writer and photographer Pablo Maurer has been exploring the forgotten spaces and places society left behind.


Romance Novels Sweep Readers Off Their Feet With Predictability

At $1.4 billion, romance is by far the biggest sector of the publishing industry. Harper's editor Jesse Barron looked into the business of romance and its peculiarities for this month's issue. He says the key is copying the elements that made other authors successful — down to the cover model's pose.

Art Laboe And His 'Devil Music' Made Radio Magic

Laboe, a radio icon in Los Angeles, built a broadcasting career as one of the first DJs to play rock 'n' roll and to take requests live on the air. At 88 years old, he's still drawing listeners in, six nights a week, playing the "Oldies But Goodies" that made him famous.

When Deborah Met Jimmy: Scoring An Interview With The President

Emmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville's big break came when she was a senior at the University of Georgia, working as a part-time reporter for a local news station in Atlanta. Norville's live TV interview with then-President Jimmy Carter set off her successful career.

With Fearlessness And A 'Code Name,' Iraqi Helped Navy SEALs

Interpreter "Johnny Walker" accompanied the U.S. military on countless missions in his war-torn home country of Iraq. His memoir, Code Name: Johnny Walker, details his experiences with the SEALs and his family's long path to U.S. citizenship.

The Beatles, As America First Loved Them

Later, they'd get weird, experimental, and rebellious, but when the Beatles made their U.S. television debut 50 years ago, they were still just a band — but a magically brilliant band.

Beatlemania! When The Fab Four Rocked The Lunchroom

Soon after they arrived on U.S. shores, The Beatles infiltrated just about every part of American pop culture — including lunchboxes. Fans have been known to shell out more than $1,000 for an authentic 1960s lunchbox featuring the band.

Seed Librarians, Stone Carvers And Sheepherders Along The Hudson

British graphic designer Nick Hudson bicycled 500 miles along the Hudson River valley, striking up conversations with local artists and craftspeople as he went. Those stories — from maple syrup producers, sculptors, boat restorers and more — have been collected in a new book, Conversations on the Hudson.

Break Loose, Break Loose, Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes

Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word has a long-A vowel sound (as in "break"), and the second word has a long-U vowel sound (as in "loose").

Why Confounding Coincidences Happen Every Day

David Hand, an emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College in London, believes that miracles and rare events actually aren't so uncommon. Hand speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new book, The Improbability Principle.