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How sweet the sound: 'Amazing Grace' turns 250

Sunday, December 24, 2023

2023 is the 250th anniversary year of "Amazing Grace." It was first performed on New Year's Day, 1773, and has gone through many changes over the years.


What will it take to free the hostages in Gaza? Many Israelis support a prisoner swap

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

About 240 Israeli and foreign nationals have been held hostage in Gaza for a month. Many Israelis are calling for Israel to release all Palestinian detainees in exchange for the captives' freedom.


Hamas attacked Israel 1 month ago. Here's where things stand now

Sunday, November 05, 2023

About 1,400 people were killed in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel and more than 240 people were kidnapped. In the four weeks since, almost 10,000 people have been killed by Israeli attacks on Gaza.


As Israel forces workers from Gaza back, thousands more remain stuck in the West Bank

Friday, November 03, 2023

Palestinians from Gaza were working in Israel when Hamas attacked the country on Oct. 7. Now, many are unable to go back and in limbo in the West Bank.


Gaza's 34-hour phone and internet blackout, as told in voice memos

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Voice memos recorded by NPR's producer in Gaza during a 34-hour communications blackout convey a weekend of anxiety and uncertainty for Palestinians as Israeli ground troops invaded.


Thousands of workers from Gaza are trapped in the West Bank and can't go home

Monday, October 30, 2023

Thousands of Palestinians from Gaza were working in Israel when Hamas attacked on Oct. 7. Now, they're unable to go back and in limbo in the West Bank.


New details emerge about the Hamas-led attackers who massacred Israelis

Friday, October 27, 2023

NPR has interviewed neighbors and relatives of one of the attackers and reviewed footage and information the Israeli military says it collected from villages and militants.


Attacked by Hamas at home, Israeli survivors find solace in a hotel

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Residents of a kibbutz near Israel's border with Gaza are living in a hotel after Hamas killed dozens of people and destroyed homes in their community.


Left behind, in an assaulted Israeli town

Friday, October 13, 2023

In the Israeli town of Sderot, less than a mile from the Gaza Strip, there are remnants and recollections of carnage from Hamas' ongoing attack.


A concert audience of houseplants? A new kids' book tells the surprisingly true tale

Saturday, September 23, 2023

The latest children's book from Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton and illustrator Elly McKay is about the power of nature and music. They discussed their creative process in an interview with NPR.


Rabbit and Opossum come to life in 'Ancient Night' — a new twist on an old legend

Saturday, August 19, 2023

David Álvarez's twist on traditional myths from Mesoamerica is about rivalry, jealousy and making amends. What started as a wordless picture book now has text by author David Bowles.


Hop in the minivan: 'Summer Is for Cousins' invites you on a family vacation

Saturday, August 05, 2023

Summer is for swimming, playing cards and talking all night. Summer is for ice cream and doing nothing. And, in this new picture book from Rajani LaRocca and Abhi Alwar, summer is also for cousins.


Trumpet was too loud, clarinet was too soft — here's 'The Story of the Saxophone'

Sunday, July 23, 2023

A shared love of jazz led author Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrator James Ransome to discover inventor Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax and the instrument named after him.


Turkey's Antakya is in ruins after the quake, erasing cultural and religious heritage

Saturday, February 25, 2023

The city of Antakya, known in antiquity as Antioch, was at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. After the Feb. 6 earthquake, many of its centuries-old monuments and sites lie in ruins.


Sniffer dogs offer hope in waning rescue efforts in Turkey

Monday, February 13, 2023

Days after the Feb. 6 earthquake in Turkey and Syria, hopes of finding people alive is waning. One U.S.-based team uses search-and-rescue dogs to try to find people still trapped days after the quake.


After 30+ years, 'The Stinky Cheese Man' is aging well

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith created The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales in 1992. They remember their work on the classic children's book and how their partnership began.


'I Don't Care' is a book about what matters in friendship, illustrated by best friends

Saturday, December 10, 2022

When illustrator Molly Idle read the text of Julie Fogliano's children's book, she immediately thought of her buddy Juana Martinez-Neal — and in true friend form — she volunteered her for the job.


Kids want to know: 'Will It Be Okay?' — this book answers that question

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Crescent Dragonwagon was in her 20s when she wrote a story told entirely in dialogue between a mother and her child. Now, she's updating her 1977 text with new illustrations by Jessica Love.


The forecast: Still tasty (and terrifying) in 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs'

Sunday, October 09, 2022

In the 1978 children's classic, it rains soup, it snows mashed potatoes, and hotdogs blow in from the northeast. Judi and Ron Barrett look back on their delectable tale of the town of Chewandswallow.


America's most famous French chef on the 'Art of the Chicken' and a life well lived

Saturday, October 01, 2022

Jacques Pépin has cooked for France's president and was a friend of Julia Child. His new memoir — complete with paintings, recipes and stories — is dedicated to his love of all things chicken.