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In The Streets Of Iran, A Fashion Shoot Bursting With Color

Iran, a notoriously closed society, was the setting for a high-fashion magazine shoot, published in California-based FSHN. It may have been the first such fashion shoot in Iran for an international magazine since 1969. Host Rachel Martin speaks to the photographer, Afra Pourdad.

At 13, 'Book Thief' Star Picks The Screen Over The Balance Beam

At 13, Sophie Nelisse is already making big career decisions. She started training in gymnastics at 3 and had her eyes set on the 2016 Olympics. She put those dreams aside when she landed the lead role in The Book Thief. She tells host Arun Rath, "It was a hard choice, but I chose acting."

Republican-Filled 'Alpha House' Aims For Bipartisan Laughs

Amazon's new original comedy series, "Alpha House," features four U.S. senators — all Republicans — sharing living quarters on Capitol Hill. But the show, a creation of Gary "Doonesbury" Trudeau, tries to make fun across political aisles.

Making Moves In Food Delivery, Chess And Health Care

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells host Arun Rath about a new food delivery service, a chess master who is making the board game sexy and President Bill Clinton's comments on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

On The Timeless Appeal Of 'Calvin & Hobbes'

The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson explores the world of the classic comic strip. NPR's Don Gonyea spoke with director Joel Allen Schroeder about the film and the strip, which still has devoted fans long after the final panels appeared in the paper.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Plays Not My Job

The International Space Station is a pretty great backdrop for a music video, and Commander Chris Hadfield didn't waste the opportunity as he was orbiting the Earth back in the spring of 2012.
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National Portrait Gallery Celebrates History Of Dance

Art jumps off the walls and dances across the floor in a new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.


Steve Coogan, Tacking Toward The Funny Side Of Serious

In Philomena, the British comedian plays a journalist helping an older woman track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption. Coogan tells NPR's Robert Siegel about the project — one with a bit more weight than his usual work.

Amazon Opens An Entertainment Door With 'Alpha House'

The online retailer is premiering its first original show — a comedy about four senators bunking together in D.C. NPR's Eric Deggans says the series, which stars John Goodman, isn't quite the sharp comedy you might expect from creator Garry Trudeau.

In A Storm's Wake, Two Books Help Make Sense Of What Remains

Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines late last week, leaving behind devastation and plenty of questions yet to be answered. Authors Kevin Roose and Allan Gurganus suggest books that might provide readers with a glimpse past the week's ubiquitous headlines, to the human cost often left hidden.