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Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

NPR | Oct. 24, 2016 11:31 a.m.

When astronomers spot a new planet that's too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

Books | Arts

Charlotte Holmes Is On The Case In 'A Study In Scarlet Women'

NPR | Oct. 23, 2016 1:05 p.m.

Sherry Thomas' new novel presents a gender-flipped Sherlock Holmes tale, with a heroine who must battle not only the bad guys but also the Victorian era's unfair restrictions on women's lives.

Arts | World

When Cultural Heritage Is At Risk, Italy's Art Police Come To The Rescue

NPR | Oct. 22, 2016 7:46 a.m.

Over the decades, they've tracked down looted paintings and manuscripts, and rescued artwork after natural disasters. These days, they're salvaging centuries-old works in Italy's Amatrice quake zone.

Arts | Food | Nation

The Grand, Unfinished Task Of Chronicling How America Eats

NPR | Oct. 22, 2016 4 a.m.

An ambitious federal project, abandoned as WWII loomed, sought to document the country's food traditions amidst great change — as fast food was rising and ethnic cuisine was becoming American cuisine.

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Save The Ruby Slippers: Smithsonian Seeks Funds To Preserve Dorothy's Shoes

NPR | Oct. 20, 2016 8:08 a.m.

The National Museum of American History says it will cost $300,000 to protect the aging shoes in The Wizard of Oz. A Kickstarter campaign launched three days ago has already raised nearly $200,000.

Arts | Food | Nation

African-American Museum Cafe Serves Up Black History With Every Forkful

NPR | Oct. 16, 2016 5:48 a.m.

The restaurant inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture offers a menu designed to showcase the breadth of black contributions to our nation's cuisine.

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Skeletons In The Closet: What Ghost Stories Reveal About America's Past

NPR | Oct. 12, 2016 2:47 p.m.

Why are so many ghosts unmarried women? And why doesn't Richmond, Va., have ghost stories about slavery? Writer Colin Dickey explores all that and more in a new book called Ghostland.

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Replicas Of Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS 'Rising From Destruction' In Rome

NPR | Oct. 10, 2016 10:09 a.m.

An exhibit at the Coliseum features life-size reconstructions of ancient works that ISIS damaged or destroyed in Iraq and Syria. "It is a universal heritage," says curator Francesco Rutelli.

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On Columbus Day, A Look At The Myth That 'All The Real Indians Died Off'

NPR | Oct. 10, 2016 4:07 a.m.

Two Native American authors tackle the perpetual challenge of combating ignorance, stereotypes and the notion that there's such a thing as a "real" Indian.

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Cookbook Tells The Story Of Sri Lanka's Civil War Through Food

NPR | Oct. 9, 2016 3:45 p.m.

Handmade trains its lens on 34 women from across the war-torn north, interweaving their stories of struggle and survival with recipes representative of the region's distinctive cuisine.