Neda Ulaby

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Robert Persig Dies At 88, Motorcycle Trip Inspired Popular 'Zen' Book

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has been described as one of the most influential books of popular philosophy. Author Robert Persig died Monday "after a period of failing health."


Famously Eccentric Comedian Irwin Corey Dies At 102

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

"The World's Foremost Authority" has died at age 102. Professor Irwin Corey was a staple on late-night TV. In his 90s, he was panhandling for social causes in Manhattan.


Celebrating Lunar New Year With The Woman Who Changed Chinese Food In The U.S.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Many Chinese-Americans are celebrating the start of the Lunar New Year Saturday. We'll meet the 97-year-old who helped revolutionize Chinese food in America and find out how she's celebrating.


Debbie Reynolds Dies, One Day After The Death Of Her Daughter Carrie Fisher

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84. Reynolds had a celebrated career as a film actress - she was in the classic Singin' in the Rain and a TV, Broadway and Las Vegas star.


At Last, Harriet Tubman Strides Onto Our Screens

Monday, December 26, 2016

The legendary abolitionist hasn't had a big place in popular culture. But with an upcoming movie starring Viola Davis and her appearance in the TV show Underground, that's starting to change.


Christmas Cookie Cocktails: Nice, Naughty Drinks For (21+) Boys And Girls

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

They sound completely disgusting. But cookie-dough-themed cocktails are a trend this holiday season, including at a D.C. pop-up where they're the most popular drinks.


Zsa Zsa Gabor, An Icon Of Camp, Glitz And Glam, Dies At 99

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The screen siren was probably most responsible for the notion of "famous for being famous." NPR's Neda Ulaby looks back at Gabor's contributions to pop culture and to our ideas about celebrity.


Dolls With Disabilities Escape The Toy Hospital, Go Mainstream

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Longtime toymakers are broadening their horizons — offering dolls and other figures with hearing aids, wheelchairs and insulin pumps in city scenes, not just hospitals. That's a start, activists say.


'Soup For Syria': Chefs Share Recipes To Raise Funds For Refugees

Friday, December 16, 2016

A charity cookbook featuring soup recipes from Alice Waters, Anthony Bourdain and others, famous and not, has raised $300,000 so far for displaced Syrians. Why soup? It's a universal comfort food.


Stand Clear Of The Doors: TV Finally Gets On Board With Mass Transit

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

TV doesn't have the best track record with public transportation; in the '90s and early 2000s, even shows set in New York rarely showed characters on the subway or bus. Now, that's starting to change.


Plymouth Plantation Museum Showcases Music Of Pilgrims And Native Americans

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The first Thanksgiving most likely took place in 1621 at Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Plymouth Plantation, a living history museum, recently showcased the spiritual music of both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.


PBS News Anchor Gwen Ifill Dies At 61

Monday, November 14, 2016

Pioneering African-American journalist Gwen Ifill has died. Ifill was best-known as host of the programs Washington Week and PBS NewsHour. She also moderated two vice presidential debates and presidential primary debates this year. She was 61.


'Arrival' Author's Approach To Science Fiction? Slow, Steady And Successful

Friday, November 11, 2016

The new film is based on a short story by Ted Chiang — a 49-year-old technical writer based in Seattle. "Fiction writing is very hard for me," he explains — and so Chiang takes his time.


Action Film Director Park Chan-Wook Transports Erotic 'Handmaiden' To 1930s Korea

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The new lesbian romance thriller is a big change from the novel it's based on — 2002's "Fingersmith" set in Victorian England. It's also a change of pace for the acclaimed South Korean director.


Art Star Ragnar Kjartansson Moves People To Tears, Over And Over

Friday, October 28, 2016

The artist's repeating performance films can bring on a sort of catharsis, and people often cry after seeing a few cycles. "He's a huge deal," says one curator. "He's been ... rocking the art world."


VH1's Secret Weapon For Producing Killer TV Shows

Friday, October 21, 2016

Often seen as MTV's less cool, older sibling, VH1 has gone from a channel best known for low-quality reality TV shows to become one of the most successful cable networks in an even more crowded field. Especially notable is its popularity with a diverse audience, something many networks have been trying to crack.


'Haters Back Off!': New TV Show Makes YouTube Star More Than Internet Famous

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Miranda Sings is an awkward teenager who posts videos that she believes will make her a star. She's the creation of comic Colleen Ballinger, and now, thanks to Netflix, she has her own TV show.


Academy Chooses Bob Dylan As Unlikely Choice For Nobel Literature Prize

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bob Dylan is the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Literature. He's been on the list for years, but no one really expected him to get it. But, as it often does, the Swedish Academy surprised just about everyone with its choice.


Acting For Film Or Acting For Life? Doc Tells Story Of Kim Jong Il's Captives

Monday, September 26, 2016

The North Korean leader was so crazy about movies that he kidnapped a South Korean actress and director and forced them to work for him. The Lovers and the Despot tells their story.


Food For Thought: 10 Restaurants That Shaped America

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Yale historian's new book explores America's changing tastes, and what they say about our culture — from class mobility to civil rights to women's changing status.