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#NPRreads: 4 Eye-Opening Stories To Read This Weekend

NPR | Feb. 13, 2016 4 a.m.

A medical mystery that started in Brazil. Nairobi's bustling food scene. Women and guns. And the man behind a new literary movement.

World | Arts

A New Generation Of Saudi Artists Pushes The Boundaries

NPR | Feb. 12, 2016 6:26 p.m.

Daring visual artists, whose edgy work challenges religious and political taboos, have become a critical voice in the conservative kingdom — where open calls for reform are a criminal offense.

Entertainment | Arts

Is John Oliver's Show Journalism? He Says The Answer Is Simple: 'No'

NPR | Feb. 12, 2016 4:44 p.m.

"Everything we do is in pursuit of comedy," Oliver says. But to get the comedy right, you have to get facts right: "You can't be wrong about something, otherwise that joke just disintegrates."

Nation | Business | Food | Arts

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

NPR | Feb. 12, 2016 12:13 p.m.

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.

Economy | Nation | Arts

Money May Not Buy You Love, But It Sure Helps

NPR | Feb. 12, 2016 10:19 a.m.

Someone has got to pay for the cocktails on the first date, dinners in that classy restaurant, the wedding by the beach — and that messy divorce. Here are some fun facts on the economics of romance.

World | Arts

In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

NPR | Feb. 12, 2016 10:07 a.m.

The 14th century Persian poet Hafez remains venerated in Iran, even though he wrote of wine, romance and other topics not necessarily welcome in today's Islamic Republic.

Nation | Arts

Meet The Guy Calling Out Hollywood For How It Describes Women

NPR | Feb. 11, 2016 1:48 p.m.

Three months ago, producer Ross Putnam started tracking descriptions of female characters from scripts he read. On Tuesday, he shared them with the world on his Twitter account, "Fem Script Intros."

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Sorry, Sushi Burrito: Japanese Program Certifies Authentic Cuisine

NPR | Feb. 11, 2016 11:01 a.m.

In a world of Big Mac sushi and Cajun rolls, Japan is launching a new program to certify the 89,000 Japanese restaurants outside the country that uphold traditional washoku cuisine values.

Entertainment | Environment | Arts

What Does It Take To Endure The Harshest Climate On Earth?

NPR | Feb. 11, 2016 10:48 a.m.

Explorer Ben Saunders is the first person to finish the perilous trek from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. He describes what he had to endure in order to survive the journey.

Entertainment | Science | Environment | Arts

How Can We Ensure Our Survival As A Species?

NPR | Feb. 11, 2016 10:48 a.m.

Astronomer and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees asks whether our species will endure despite the many existential threats we face.