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A 'Caesar' With An African Accent

The plays of William Shakespeare are known for their enduring universality, so the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of Julius Caesar -- set in a chaotic African dictatorship, with an all-black cast — makes a certain sense.

'First American Ballet Star' Soared To Fame With 'Firebird'

One of America's first great prima ballerinas has died. Maria Tallchief brought life to The Nutcracker and Firebird at the New York City Ballet. She died Thursday at the age of 88. NPR's Joel Rose has this remembrance.

How Did All Those People Get Inside Jonathan Winters?

Winters was best known for creating a repertory company of characters that he carried around in his head. In 2000, he told NPR's Scott Simon how he built that cast, after taking some advice from another performer.

Not My Job: Food Writer Mark Bittman Takes A Quiz About Batman

We've invited him to play a game called "Holy, Bittman, Batman!" We guessing Bittman gets mistaken for the Caped Crusader all the time, so we're going to ask him three questions about Batman.
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Documerica: 1970s Photos Of The Environment And Society

A new photography exhibit at the National Archives explores Documerica, a little-known Environmental Protection Agency project created in the 1970s. Photographers commissioned by the agency traveled around the country, capturing images of environmental pollution, as well as a changing society.


Great Long-Form Journalism, Just Clicks Away

In the age of digital media, many newspapers have been forced to gut their staffs, leading some media analysts to sound the death knell for enterprise reporting and long-form storytelling. Not so fast, say the craft's most passionate advocates.

Six Moments Of Code-Switching In Popular Culture

Popular culture and celebrities have shown us all sorts of motivations for code-switching. Here are some of the highlights.

Bands Aren't The Only Things That Incubate At Music Festivals

As the start of Coachella this weekend reminds us, tis the season for outdoor music festivals. But great bands aren't the only things these massive, multiday gatherings can foster. Two recent studies document how such events can be breeding grounds for foodborne illnesses that rock your belly.

Barbershop Guys Weigh In On 'Accidental Racist'

Country star Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J joined forces to drop a track called Accidental Racist. The Barbershop guys give their take on whether the song lives up to its name all too well.