PRI Arts and Entertainment Podcast
Join in on a winter celebration that helps keep the evil...12/24/14
Munching on pomegranates and nuts, listening to music and poetry: It's all part of a winter festival that's celebrated in Iran and by Iranians abroad.
A Christmas classic by Dylan Thomas is set to music
"A Child's Christmas in Wales" is a holiday classic by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Now the book comes to life in a new version set to music by Welsh singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews.
Meet the most famous woman in computing you've probably never heard of
To prevent Ada Lovelace from acquiring the crazy poetic temperament of her father, Lord Byron, Ada's mother forced her to study the cool logic of mathematics.
How pop music helped save the whales
If you hear whale songs today, you might be getting a massage or a facial. Some recordings of humpback whales feature slow melodies — soothing enough for spa soundtracks. But not too long ago, in the early 1970s, the songs of whale songs ignited the...
Here's our must-listen music of 2014
Marco Werman and The World's studio director, April Peavey, share their favorite albums from 2014.
What we can learn from Charlie Chaplin and 'The Great Dictator'
Kim Jong-un is far from the first world leader to get mocked on film. In 1940, Charlie Chaplin raised eyebrows when he released his comedy, "The Great Dictator," and the reaction to the movie could be a lesson for modern society.
Seth Rogen, 17 days ago: I hope North Korea won't screw up 'Interview'...
Just day before the Sony hack, Seth Rogen was light and funny at a Harvard preview of the "The Interview." Now Sony has shelved for the film's release, a move President Obama said that was a mistake..
How ISIS uses catchy, violent tunes for propaganda
From online magazines, social media accounts and sleek videos, ISIS has a powerful PR machine. And it also knows the power of a good earworm.
North Korean defectors are eager to check out The Interview, but Sony...
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is mad about it. Sony Pictures is concerned about it. But North Korean defectors are downright excited about the new Seth Rogan comedy: "The Interview."
More young Iranian couples are living together before marriage
Many young Iranian couples are choosing to live together before marriage, and the rise in such "white marriages" has Iranian officials worried. But there are also some good reasons why young Iranians don't want to tie the knot.
In this Latvian animated film, depression is a family affair
Latvian animator Signe Baumane has battled depression for most of her life — a battle that was made even more difficult by the oppressive culture of the Soviet Union. But when she discovered her depression had hereditary roots, she decided to make a...
Turkey rounds up journalists but insists it's not cracking down on...
Turkey is already one of the world's leading jailers of journalists, and it added to that score on Sunday by arresting media employees across the country. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says the arrests are part of a coup plot, but political motives...
Here's your chance to stand next to Julian Assange —kind of
An Italian artist and a British journalist are teaming up to raise funds for a controversial public art project honoring Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. But with just two weeks to go, the statues are still well short of their...
This is one cool, epic, black cat detective
The Blacksad series of noir graphic novels stands out for two reasons. All the characters are animals. And the series is set in 1950s America, even though its original creator has never been to the US.
Remembering how photojournalist Michel du Cille framed the world
Photojournalist Michel du Cille died Thursday in Liberia while on assignment for the Washingon Post. One editor at the Post called du Cille "one of the world's great photographers."
A playlist for Mexico's missing student-teachers
Forty-three student-teachers from the town of Ayotzinapa in Mexico are still missing. The case has caused massive protests in Mexico and beyond, and Mexican-American radio host Catalina Maria Johnson decided to put together a playlist in honor of the...
A video game designer wants to introduce a different side of his native...
Navid Khonsari was 10 when the Islamic Revolution swept through his home country of Iran. His family had to leave the country and start a new life in Canada. He's now making a video game that captures those tumultuous days.
I'm not Edward Snowden, I just play him on TV
Arnas Fedaravičius is a 23-year-old actor who plays "James Snow," a character on a Russian spy mini-series who seems suspiciously like former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. So what's it's like to be Snowden, right down to the glasses?
An exiled author remembers her dash out of Tehran
When the government of Iran ordered reporters to stop covering protests that rocked the country in 2009, Nazila Fathi said no. But her refusal forced her to flee Iran with her family, and she recounts the turmoil —and her exile —in a new book.
Beyonce? No. But her throat singing soars
The secret, explains a master singer in Far East Russia: "It's a road. It's an oxygen road." A deep, earthy and guttural road, too.
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