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'Life Behind The Lobby' Of Indian-American Motels

Chances are, if you've stayed in motels in the past decade, you've stayed in at least one owned by an Indian-American. It turns out more than half of all motels in the U.S. are Indian-American-owned. And even more remarkable, the vast majority of those owners are from one western state in India.

For Impressionist Jim Meskimen, The Voice Is 'A Sample Of Who We Are'

Impressionist Jim Meskimen does many, many celebrity voices. You may have heard his George W. Bush, or perhaps his Morgan Freeman.

America's Gone Bananas: Here's How It Happened

The Fish That Ate the Whale tells the story of Sam Zemurray, a Jewish immigrant who came to the U.S. as a teenager and became one of the biggest players in the banana business. "He's like the American dream in the shape of a single life," says author Rich Cohen.

London's Mayor On 'The City That Made The World'

In just a few weeks, the world will descend on London for the Olympic Games. NPR's Scott Simon talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson about his city and his new book, Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City That Made the World.
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Local Movie Making For The Masses

Can a decent camera, a laptop and a creative vision really spell success in the movie business? For one Washington, D.C., filmmaker, those elements--plus local talent and $20,000--resulted in "Ultrasonic," the first award-winning feature...


John Edwards: Once More With (Or Without) Feeling, He Takes Full Responsibility

Yesterday, John Edwards became the latest political figure to talk about taking full responsibility for his actions without explaining much about what that might entail.

A Memoir About Mothers, Memory And Loss

Writer Mira Bartok's memoir, The Memory Palace, is in part about the car accident that left her with traumatic brain injury and about her relationship with her schizophrenic mother. She explains how her brain injury helped her understand — and reconnect with — her mother.

A 'Snow White' As Bleak As It Is Grimm

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm first published Snow White in 1812, but the story had been around for centuries and would continue to evolve. Opening Friday is the latest and perhaps darkest treatment, Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.

Andrew Garfield, Disappearing Into Spidey's Suit

The actor, who's currently up for a Tony Award for the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, looks to be on the verge of stardom: In July, Garfield will play Peter Parker in one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, The Amazing Spider-Man.