When an intern accused author John D'Agata of embellishing the facts in an essay, the two began wrestling over the writer's responsibility to the truth, and even the meaning of truth itself. The Lifespan of a Fact is the real-life record of their debate (or is it?).
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy's son Patrick was born prematurely and died of a respiratory problem that is now routinely treated. In the 50 years since, extraordinary advancements have been made in the field of neonatal intensive care. Dr. Adam Wolfberg explores those triumphs in his new book.
The story of budding love between two Chicana teens, it's the first narrative feature by a Chicana director to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. Nishat Kurwa of Turnstyle News reports on the movie's personal and community origins.
Need a costumed Mardi Gras mannequin or a bedazzled 1974 Gremlin? On Thursday, collectors can bid on some of the memorabilia from the former Kenner Mardi Gras Museum. The museum is about a half-hour drive from the French Quarter — not a convenient trip for many tourists — and declining attendance caused it to close its doors.
Black ballerina Joan Myers Brown grew up in a time of rigid segregation, both in life and dance. Brenda Dixon Gottschild, author of Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina, talks with NPR's Michel Martin about how Brown tackled racial barriers in the ballet world.
When a public figure such as Rush Limbaugh makes a mistake, the public wants an apology. Of course, there's more than one way to finesse that message. Play NPR's Matching Game to see how some famous folks issued a mea culpa after they stumbled.
Joan Myers Brown is a black ballerina who grew up in a time of rigid segregation, both in life and dance. Host Michel Martin speaks with Brenda Dixon Gottschild, the author of "Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina."
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