A small town in Japan is celebrating the American president — with lots and lots of kitsch. But Obama Onsen has a rich history in its own right.
In modern buildings, stairs are often stuck in a corner, ugly and hard to find. Now some architects want to return to the days when stairways were grand — focal points that people wanted to climb.
Colorado is embroiled in debate over how to regulate oil and gas development. Up to four energy-related issues could be on the November ballot, and the run-up is causing confusion among voters.
A pair of mothers and daughters — one Arab, one Jewish — show the increased separation and lack of interaction between two peoples. Where they once mingled regularly, personal contact has decreased.
Sometimes seemingly nonsensical moves — like most of what happens behind the scenes on Capitol Hill — are deftly calculated plays for political survival.
As the son of a preacher, Kenrick "ICE" McDonald often had to practice his magic tricks in secret while he was growing up. Now he's the first black president of the Society of American Magicians.
Americans are much less active in their leisure time than they were 20 years ago; that's true even for young people. Up to half of people say they're completely sedentary. Desk jobs don't help.
In one predominantly Latino neighborhood outside of Washington, D.C., young people are working instead of going to school at four times the national average.
They Want My Soul is the band's first album in four years. Singer Britt Daniel says the recording process often felt like being in a horror movie.
The Trinidadian soca star is ready to follow up on the success of his breakthrough single, "Differentology."
On V, the Swedish duo strikes a curious balance among wildly divergent sounds. Along the way, it draws from cringe-worthy soft pop, indie-rock, and cutting-edge R&B and hip-hop.
A ferociously intelligent singer-songwriter, Jaffe never stops inventing, reinventing, exploring and reflecting on her (and our) place in a forbidding, foreboding world.
On her 10th album, O'Connor returns to familiar ground, yet still widens the scope of rock with frank, urgent, compelling songwriting that proves how complicated the idea of the personal can be.
Issa Gold and AK move words and beats so deftly on their new album, it can be difficult to keep up. But they're saying it's OK if you don't catch every word; if, right now, you don't know everything.