Ari Shapiro

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Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Won't Change Her Name 'To Make Other People Happy'

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Long ridiculed for her unusual name, Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck recently turned her hardship into success. After studying perceptions around "black names" in white classrooms, she completed her Ph.D.

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Marijuana Pepsi Fends Off The Jokes To Earn Her PhD

Friday, June 21, 2019

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck about her recent PhD completion despite the hardships she's faced because of her birth name.

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'Damaged' Tales Of Love, In Fiction From 'BoJack' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Friday, June 21, 2019

The writer, better known for his dark animated comedy about a has-been horse, has written a collection of surreal short stories called Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory.

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For Santana, 'Africa Speaks' Album Is About 'Manifesting Divine Voodoo'

Monday, June 17, 2019

Carlos Santana speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about his latest album Africa Speaks and explains how to maintain a constant thirst for music discovery.

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Remembering iTunes' Cultural Significance

Monday, June 03, 2019

Apple announced it will not offer iTunes in its new operating system. Amy Wang of Rolling Stone explains why iTunes "completely changed the way that people buy and listen to music."

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Tyndall Air Force Base Still Faces Challenges In Recovering From Hurricane Michael

Friday, May 31, 2019

Tyndall Air Force Base suffered billions of dollars worth of damage from Hurricane Michael. The Air Force wants the base fully online, but there are challenges, including a new hurricane season.

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Sinkane Harnesses Hope For Sudan In 'Dépaysé' Album

Friday, May 31, 2019

Sinkane's lead singer Ahmed Gallab talks about the band's latest album, Dépaysé, Sudan's regime change and the resilience of his people.

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Nearly 8 Months After Hurricane Michael, Florida Panhandle Feels Left Behind

Friday, May 31, 2019

Floridians are still reeling from the Category 5 storm's effects. They've been waiting more than 230 days for Congress to pass a disaster relief bill. And the new hurricane season is about to begin.

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Scientists Know How Tornadoes Form, But They Are Hard To Predict

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Scientists know how the storms are created, but it's nearly impossible to predict where a tornado will touch down, says Patrick Marsh, an NOAA meteorologist.

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Florida Panhandle Still Feeling Effects Of Michael As New Hurricane Season Begins

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hurricane season begins June 1, but the Florida panhandle is still reeling from Hurricane Michael, which made landfall last October and caused an ongoing housing crisis.

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'They Know That I'm The Real Deal': Transgender Baritone Makes Opera History

Thursday, May 30, 2019

In her U.S. debut as Don Giovanni, Lucia Lucas became the first known trans person to sing a principal role on an American opera stage.

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A 'Biloxi' Misanthrope 'Can't Help Himself' — But His Pet Dog Can

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Louis McDonald Jr. is 63, recently retired and "really unlikable," says novelist Mary Miller. But on a whim he takes home a dog named Layla, and the two of them "become a little team."

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Rachel Barenbaum's 'A Bend In The Stars' Tells A Tale Of Injustice And Romance

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Barenbaum says she was inspired by the story of Albert Einstein's race to prove his theory of relativity. The novel digs into questions of philosophy, time, and whether rules are meant to be broken.

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Cage The Elephant Processes Grief With 'Social Cues'

Friday, April 26, 2019

Brothers Matt and Brad Shultz of Cage the Elephant have learned to lean on each other through a chaotic childhood and the recent losses in their lives.

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Real Photos Inspire A Fictional Life In 'Feast Your Eyes'

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Myla Goldberg's new novel is written as an exhibition catalogue for photographer Lillian Preston, who's fictional — but her story of ambition and controversy in 1950s New York is real and relatable.

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Weyes Blood Meditates On Climate Change And Learns To Cope With Loss

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Weyes Blood is the project of musician Natalie Mering. Her latest album, Titanic Rising, covers topics of climate change, loneliness and life in an age mediated by screens.

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Christopher Columbus' Son Had An Enormous Library. Its Catalog Was Just Found

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In the 16th century, Hernando Colón assembled one of the greatest print-media collections the world had ever known. For centuries, its reference book was missing — until it turned up in Denmark.

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Anaïs Mitchell's 'Hadestown' Musical Makes Its Broadway Debut

Monday, April 22, 2019

The singer-songwriter turned her 2010 concept album into a folk-opera stage production and earlier this month, the show made its Broadway debut.

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'Our Planet' Nature Documentary Addresses The 800-Pound Gorilla — Human Impact

Monday, April 15, 2019

The new Netflix series takes a hard look at the effects of our behavior on the natural world. Series producer Alastair Fothergill says that this is a different, more urgent type of show.

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He Thought His City Was Prepared For Big Storms. Then Cyclone Idai Hit

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Beira, a coastal city in Mozambique, had a system in place to protect against flooding. Still, it was destroyed by the cyclone. Mayor Daviz Simango reflects on what went wrong.

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