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Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies At 88

NPR | March 6, 2015 11 a.m.

He is perhaps best known for the films Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter. The Oscar-nominated director died Thursday in New York.

Science | Arts | Technology

How Can Math Help You Imagine The Impossible?

NPR | March 6, 2015 6:11 a.m.

Writer Randall Munroe doesn't love math, but has made a career out of solving equations. By answering outlandish hypotheticals, he uses numbers as a playground for the imagination.

Economy | Science | Arts | Entertainment | Technology

Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?

NPR | March 6, 2015 6:10 a.m.

Our lives are, in part, governed by algorithms. Professor Kevin Slavin shows how these formulas can reshape finance, culture and physical environments, with potentially harmful consequences.

Nation | Health | Arts

Speed Dating For Seniors Who Aren't Interested In Slowing Down

NPR | March 5, 2015 3:55 p.m.

A new film follows daters ages 70-90 looking for love in five-minute intervals. "Speed dating for seniors" may sound funny, but The Age of Love is really about our lifelong need for intimacy.

Environment | Arts | Food

Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

NPR | March 4, 2015 1:40 p.m.

Wonky produce can take on absurdly entertaining shapes. A food waste activist is tweeting images with cheeky captions to raise awareness of beauty standards that lead to mounds of food waste.

Nation | Music | Arts

Rapper Jin Tries To Stretch His '15 Minutes' Of Fame

NPR | March 4, 2015 6:50 a.m.

In 2004, Jin was one of the first Asian-Americans to drop a major label rap album. One controversial song, "Learn Chinese," raised eyebrows. A decade later, he's trying to rephrase the message.

Arts | Entertainment

Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

NPR | March 2, 2015 12:20 p.m.

The Star Trek actor died Friday in Los Angeles, and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Nimoy's signature role taught fans the power of accepting their differences rather than fighting them.

World | Arts

ISIS Video Shows Extremists Smashing Priceless Artifacts

NPR | March 2, 2015 10:41 a.m.

Bearded men wielding sledgehammers are seen shattering ancient statues and friezes in the Iraqi city of Mosul. One of the militants says God commanded them to remove the idols and statues.

World | Arts

Iraq's National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion

NPR | Feb. 28, 2015 11:14 a.m.

The planned reopening was moved up following the release of a video showing self-declared Islamic State extremists destroying priceless ancient artifacts in the Mosul museum.

Nation | Arts | Entertainment

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock On 'Star Trek,' Dies At 83

NPR | Feb. 27, 2015 1:02 p.m.

The cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, told The New York Times.