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Long Before Burning Man, Zozobra Brought Fire And Redemption To The Desert

Sunday, September 25, 2016

For decades, residents in Santa Fe, N.M., have gathered to burn a massive puppet — but only after stuffing it with symbols of their woes. It's a way to release the past year's sadness and start anew.


NBC Makes It Easier For The Blind To Join In The Rio Games

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The network is offering descriptive narration of the Olympics for blind TV consumers for the first time during the Rio Games. Jim Van Horne, one of the narrators, says it can be tough work.


How The VCR Began America's Love Of On-Demand Content

Saturday, August 06, 2016

As the last VCR factory in Japan closes down production, we take a look at the rise and fall of the videocassette recorder and the culture it created.


'A Lot Of Detective Work': Piecing Together J Dilla's 'The Diary'

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The late hip-hop producer left behind troves of unfinished music. How do you dig into the vault of an artist like Dilla and assemble an album that remains true to their creative vision?


A Brief History Of Spousal Speeches At Political Conventions

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Following the controversy surrounding Melania Trump's speech at the RNC, NPR looks at a history of speeches given by the spouses of those running for president, starting with Eleanor Roosevelt.


DIY Artists Paint The Town Strange, With Some Help From George R.R. Martin

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The art market is booming in Santa Fe, N.M., but the highbrow scene leaves some artists feeling out of place. So, one collective made a space of their own — with a big boost from the fantasy author.


With Economic Changes, Pittsburgh Finds Friction Between Progress And History

Saturday, March 12, 2016

After the collapse of the steel industry, the city of Pittsburgh is undergoing what many are calling an economic renaissance. But some residents are ambivalent about the rapid changes.