Andrew Rannells stars in the new comedy TV series The New Normal about a gay couple who want a child so they hire a surrogate. Rannells tells Fresh Air that he didn't want to "dumb down" the serious role with "stereotypical over-the-top gay flash and sass."
Top designers are showing off their spring 2013 collections in New York. Host Michel Martin gets a glimpse of what's hot and what's not with Isabel Wilkinson, editor of the fashion section for The Daily Beast. They also discuss Michelle Obama and Ann Romney's fashion picks at the conventions.
Artists and musicians often take the first hit when the economy takes a turn for the worse. Host Michel Martin speaks with writer Amanda Abrams about one violin maker's struggle to make ends meet in tough times. Abrams chronicles Howard Needham's story in this week's Washington Post Magazine.
Christine Ha is the first blind contestant on FOX's reality TV show MasterChef, and she's competing in the finals on Monday night. For Tell Me More's occasional "In Your Ear" series, Ha shares some of the songs she turns to for inspiration.
Women have fought tirelessly to establish equal footing for themselves in relationships, politics and the workplace — and according to writer Hanna Rosin, they've finally arrived. "We have to redefine what we mean by 'head of the household,'" she says.
In The Knockoff Economy, Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman say that in the world of fashion, copycats make styles go in and out of vogue faster. Copying breeds competition, Raustiala says, and that makes clothes cheaper for consumers.
For more than 40 years, Pablo Picasso's Seated Woman with Red Hat went unnoticed in the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science's storage area. Now that it's resurfaced, the Indiana museum says it can't afford to insure the multimillion-dollar artwork.
Michael Chabon's eighth novel, Telegraph Avenue, delves deeply into issues of art, race and sexuality. The book started with a "very tiny world," Chabon says, a vinyl record shop not unlike a Berkeley store that inspired him in the late '90s.
Turkish officials recently arrested several suspected Iranian spies. But these cases are but a pale echo of Turkey's heyday as a mecca for spies. During World War II, Istanbul was a crossroads that swarmed with agents. It has inspired authors from Eric Ambler to John le Carre — a tradition that continues today.
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