If you've ever attended a ballet performance, you may have noticed the lack of diversity on stage. But a new initiative, Project Plié aims to bring some color to the art form. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from dancer Misty Copeland and American Ballet Theater CEO Rachel Moore.
The company behind iconic public service campaigns like Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog has been around since the 1940s. But how much is really known about the Ad Council? Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to author Wendy Melillo about her book How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America.
Stanley Crouch, one of the nation's most prominent jazz critics, has just released Kansas City Lightning -- part one of a biography of Charlie "Bird" Parker. It's a book jazz fans have been anticipating for decades. Reviewer Craig Morgan Teicher says the story starts a little slowly, but when Parker picks up the saxophone, Crouch's writing cooks.
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch spent years advocating for an overhaul of the American education system. Now she criticizes changes that she used to support, like charter schools and school choice. She explains her reasoning in Reign of Error, her new book on the pitfalls of privatizing education.
With upwards of 650 movies out in an average year, there's no way NPR's critics are gonna write full-on reviews of everything we see. Herewith, short takes on two that didn't quite make the cut: a David Sedaris story turned into a quirky indie, and the sequel to an animated smash.
We Are What We Are, based on a 2010 Mexican horror hit, relocates the original's story of a separatist cannibal clan from the slums of Mexico City to a rural town in the Catskills. Directed by Jim Mickle, the remake may actually improve on the original. (Recommended)
The series follows the stories of science pioneers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who helped bring sexuality into the light. Critic John Powers says it clearly aspires to be "the Mad Men of sex" -- but falls short in both its eye for detail and its retrograde portrayals of sex.
Contrary to earlier studies, new research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may not stave off cognitive decline. We look at why this is hard to pin down — and examine the body of evidence that finds supplements may not be as effective as eating fish meals in protecting brain health.