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Artist Amy Sherald Discusses Portrait Of Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 3:20pm

New, official portraits of former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled Monday. NPR's Ari Shaprio speaks with Amy Sherald, the Baltimore-based artist who painted the former first lady's portrait. Sherald is known for painting African-Americans in gray tones.

'Hello, Universe' Wins Newbery Medal, While Caldecott Goes To 'Wolf In The Snow'

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:38am

The annual honors in children's literature have been awarded: Erin Entrada Kelly won the Newbery for her contribution to children's literature, and Matthew Cordell won the Caldecott for illustration.

(Image credit: Matthew Cordell/Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)

Paintings Of Barack And Michelle Obama Unveiled At Portrait Gallery

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:22am

The former president and first lady chose artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald — the first African-American artists to receive such a commission — to paint them for the museum's collection.

(Image credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

'Black Panther' Tells A Thrilling Superhero Story That Hasn't Been Told

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 7:43am

Ryan Coogler's film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — new.

At 80, Judy Blume Reflects On Feminism, #MeToo And Letting Margaret Grow Up

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:06am

Judy Blume's best-selling books have shaped the way we talk about puberty, periods and female sexual experiences. Those story lines take on renewed relevance amid the #MeToo movement.

(Image credit: Kathy Willens/AP)

Poem For Your Thoughts: Your Memories Of Love, Captured In Poetry

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:04am

You shared stories of being smitten, stories of betrayal and even a love letter to a dog. Here, author Kwame Alexander selects poems that get to the heart of those experiences.

(Image credit: Shammi Mehra/AFP/Getty Images)

Harvey Weinstein, His Brother And Their Company Hit With Civil Rights Lawsuit

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 5:40pm

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's lawsuit threatens to unravel a reported sale of the Weinstein Company. The suit alleges violations of "civil rights, human rights, and business laws."

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On Stage, In Marriage, These 2 Alvin Ailey Dancers Learned The Steps Together

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 4:19pm

Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims met at work — at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Over 15 years of marriage later, they have some advice for balancing it all and sustaining a marriage.

(Image credit: Nan Melville /Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)

New York Fashion Week: For The 1st Time, Models Get Private Changing Areas

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 3:55pm

This year's New York Fashion Week models will have access to private changing rooms for the first time. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Sara Ziff, the founder of Model Alliance, about the new guidelines.

It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 3:55pm

An estimated 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. Now, a smartphone app makes it possible for the theatergoers among them to read closed captions on Broadway.

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'Text Me When You Get Home' Celebrates The Complexities Of Female Friendship

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 9:00am

Women in the Middle Ages were excluded from many realms: the law, universities, and surprisingly, from friendship. Clearly, that's changed — and Kayleen Schaefer's new book examines how and why.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

The Young Men Who Make A Living As Paid Personal Dancers In Brazil

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 7:02am

It's carnival season in Brazil and the streets are pulsing with music and dancing. But for some Brazilians, that need to dance with others is year round — and worth a big expense.

Hamilton's Aaron Burr Has Some Culinary Advice: Talk Less, Cook More (Creatively)

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 7:00am

On Broadway, Daniel Breaker shines as Alexander Hamilton's greatest rival. In the kitchen, he also creates a stir, sir. But whether acting or cooking, both require perseverance and experimentation.

(Image credit: Joan Marcus/Hamilton Uptown LLC)

In 'Heart Berries,' An Indigenous Woman's Chaotic Coming-Of-Age

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 6:33am

Terese Marie Mailhot's new memoir is an effort to draw art from mental illness, lost love and her family history on an Indian reservation in British Columbia.

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'A Mouth Is Always Muzzled' Is A Sprawling Look At Art And Resistance

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 6:00am

Natalie Hopkinson's new book takes her ancestral land of Guyana as a jumping-off point for a wide-ranging look at art and the role of the artist in shaping politics, culture and the future itself.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

Dee Rees and Mary J. Blige Dug Into Their Roots To Make 'Mudbound'

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 5:01pm

The director and singer/actress both drew upon their families' history to make the Oscar-nominated film. "I think I'm always exploring this idea about the battle being bloodier at home," Rees says.

(Image credit: Steve Dietl/Netflix)

A Podcast Playlist For All Those Looking For Love (Stories)

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 10:58am

NPR may not be able to help you with your love life, but we do have something else to offer this Valentine's Day: a playlist of the best love stories in podcasting.

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In 'Catnip,' Love And Loss Sketched Out In Cat Cartoons

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

Michael Korda's new book Catnip: A Love Story collects the doodles that he created based on his wife's cats in order to comfort her during her battle with a malignant brain tumor.

(Image credit: Michael Korda/Countryman Press)

A New Monologue For Eve Ensler, Re-Enacting Life With Cancer

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 7:02am

The playwright and activist behind The Vagina Monologues stars in the new one-woman show In The Body Of The World, which explores her efforts to empower women in Africa amid her own health struggles.

(Image credit: Joan Marcus/Courtesy of the artist)

Not My Job: We Quiz The Mayor Of South Bend, Ind. About North Bend, Wash.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 6:29am

Pete Buttigieg is a Harvard graduate, a Rhodes scholar, an Afghanistan veteran and the millennial mayor of an Indiana city. We ask him three questions — about a small town in Washington state.

(Image credit: Joe Raymond/AP)

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