In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multi-billion dollar empire. A retrospective in Los Angeles celebrates the beloved cartoon cat.
On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel," a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.
This week, Anita Sarkeesian, known for her series critiquing the portrayal of women in video games, canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received a threat of a mass shooting.
A new group called Prosecutors Against Gun Violence has formed to find solutions to gun violence in the U.S. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with attorneys and co-chairs Cyrus Vance Jr. and Mike Feuer.
NPR's Arun Rath speaks with infectious disease specialist and HealthTap member Dr. Jonathan Po about telemedicine and hypochondria in a time of heightened health concern.
There has been a dramatic shortfall of Ebola-related equipment in Sierra Leone and other countries battling the disease. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Steve McAndrew about the logistical challenges of responding to the outbreak.
Dear White People follows four black students at a prestigious, majority white college, where racial tensions are threatening to bring chaos to campus. So why not catch a screening at Harvard?
Eric Kaplan's son had a zoo trip canceled because one mom worried about reindeer-induced questions. So Kaplan, a comedy writer and philosophy grad student, started pondering the puzzle of St. Nick.
Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin coined the word in 1943, as part of his life-long campaign to make the world acknowledge and prosecute the crime. A new documentary, Watchers of the Sky, tells his story.
Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr spoke out on behalf of Saudi Shia demonstrating against government discrimination in 2011 and 2012. Protesters promise more unrest if Nimr is killed.
Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.
A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the Red Planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.
A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi.
You've heard of recycling and upcycling, now there's boocycling — making first-rate costumes from second-hand clothes.
Our panelists predict after Charlie Crist's fan, what will be the next big controversy at a political debate.
Bill reads three news-related limericks: Bullheaded Fish; Patent Name Fail; I Feel Qwerty.
More questions for the panel: Turn that clown upside down; Polly Wanna Taco; Mister Clean Misdemeanor; Wash, Rinse, Pee.
Our panelists tell three stories about someone going after what they deserve, one of which is true.
Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: You're Not Almost There!