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New TV Drama Recounts Heroic Escapes On The Underground Railroad

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 4:08am

The multi-layered thriller follows a group of enslaved people as they escape a Georgia plantation. Co-creator Joe Pokaski says the Underground Railroad may be America's "most heroic story never told."

Meet Alphonse Bertillon, The Man Behind The Modern Mug Shot

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 5:21pm

French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon wasn't the first to introduce mug shots to police, but he standardized how they were taken and added the profile shot to zero in on a suspect's unique features.

James Corden Conquers YouTube With 'Carpool Karaoke'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 4:51pm

The British comedian and Late Late Show host hit big with his star-studded carpool singalong videos. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Corden about how it all started — and singing with Justin Bieber.

An Addict, Now Clean, Discusses Needle Exchanges And 'Hope After Heroin'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 1:39pm

At the height of her addiction to heroin, Tracey Helton Mitchell lived in an alley and sold her body. Now she works as an addiction specialist helping others. Her new memoir is The Big Fix.

Watching A Brown 'Hamilton' With A White Audience

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:36pm

The hit musical recasts the Founding Fathers as people of color engaged in rap battles. But on a recent night, ticket buyers largely looked the way Broadway audiences have always looked. What gives?

Cold War, Hot Tea: Nancy Reagan And Raisa Gorbachev's Sipping Summit

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:15pm

In 1985, while their husbands discussed nuclear disarmament, the two first ladies — both considered influential advisers — held their own tense tea tête-à-têtes in Geneva.

Unnerving WWII Noir In 'A Man Lies Dreaming'

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 11:41am

Lavie Tidhar's new alternate history imagines a world where Communists took over Germany in 1933, Fascism is on the rise in the U.K. and a down and out German PI in London dreams of world domination.

In Honor Of #InternationalWomensDay, A Playlist Of Ladies Who Rock

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 9:09am

Check out the songs (and back stories) of women musicians from around the world.

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