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A Ghostly Chorus Narrates 'The World Before Us'

NPR | April 1, 2015 3:26 p.m.

Aislinn Hunter's new novel tells two parallel tales of two young girls — both gone missing in the same place, a century apart. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says the book's tough truths held her interest.

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With Sunny, Modern Homes, Joseph Eichler Built The Suburbs In Style

NPR | March 31, 2015 6:04 p.m.

The developer was known for well-crafted tract homes that dotted California suburbs after World War II. "The architechture really does inform the way you live," says Eichler home owner Adriene Biondo.

Arts | Books

Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'

NPR | March 31, 2015 10:37 a.m.

Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.

World | Arts

Why Are Chinese Artists Representing Kenya At The Venice Biennale?

NPR | March 31, 2015 7:32 a.m.

Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But none of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren't even African — they're Chinese.

Arts | Entertainment

Trevor Noah Will Replace Jon Stewart As Host Of 'The Daily Show'

NPR | March 30, 2015 5:26 p.m.

South African comedian Trevor Noah will step into the role Jon Stewart has filled for more than 15 years. He confirmed reports of his new job Monday morning.

Arts | Entertainment | Technology

A Father-Daughter Team Remakes 'Jurassic Park' In Lego Form

NPR | March 30, 2015 2:43 p.m.

The dinosaurs are a lot smaller than the originals — and so is one of the filmmakers. Paul Hollingsworth and his 8-year-old daughter, Hailee, made a short parody of the science fiction classic.

Arts | Entertainment | Food

Sandwich Monday: The Passover Sandwich

NPR | March 30, 2015 8:24 a.m.

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we introduce our non-Jewish colleagues to the wonders of the Passover lunch. Manischewitz rules this meal.

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Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

NPR | March 29, 2015 7:33 a.m.

Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.

World | Arts | Food

Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

NPR | March 28, 2015 7:56 a.m.

Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.

Arts | Nation

A Photo I Love: Featuring Astronaut Reid Wiseman

NPR | March 27, 2015 5:07 p.m.

NPR hears from astronaut Reid Wiseman who was on the space station for four months in 2014. He discusses his photo of Italy at night from space.