PRI Arts and Entertainment Podcast
A filmmaker’s journey along the US-Mexico border shows...10/23/14
At a time when the border between the US and Mexico is a lightning rod for public opinion, Rodrigo Reyes’ film “Purgatorio" offers an on-the-ground view of people from both sides of the fence.
I wanted the flashy electric lights for Diwali, but my dad wanted the...
For Indian-American writer Deepak Singh, Diwali in India was a time for getting new clothes, eating sweets and arguing with his father over Diwali lights.
With a tweet, Kenny G dips his sax into an international protest
Kenny G is a massive star in China, so a photo he tweeted while hanging out with protesters in Hong Kong didn't go down well in Beijing. But his attempts to apologize didn't make things much better.
What it means when you see a Russian guy with a knife tattooed on his...
Back in the Soviet era, prison tattoos among criminals had a language all their own. A criminal's body served as a hard-earned record of his crimes, status —and maybe even some questionable bets.
Nashville's famed RCA Studio A will live on
You may never have heard of Nashville’s RCA Studio A, but you most certainly have heard music that was made there.
Dominican designers were inspired by native son Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta, who died on Monday at 82, was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. But after leaving at 18 and becoming famous around the world, he still maintained ties to his home and fellow fashion designers there, who are clamoring to...
Arctic cultures could be under threat as mining and oil come to their...
This summer, the first-ever Beringia Arctic Games brought Arctic natives from around the world to compete in far eastern Russia. But while the Russian government wants to make it an annual tourist attraction, the games may be a last gasp for Arctic...
Frances McDormand is much more than the role in Fargo that made her...
Frances McDormand, best known to film audiences as Marge Gunderson in the Coen brothers film Fargo, has proven herself a master at creating strong, singular female characters. Now, in a new HBO miniseries, Olive Kitteridge, McDormand tackles another...
Hong Kongers see their famously freewheeling press under threat
The protests in Hong Kong are about democratic reform. But they’re also putting a spotlight on the issue of press freedom in the Chinese territory, where the news media’s reputation for being fiercely independent is now in question.
Japan's timid coverage of Fukushima led this news anchor to revolt —...
Many Japanese believe the media hasn't done its job in holding the government and power companies accountable for the Fukushima disaster. Jun Hori, a former TV anchor, agreed. Now he and others are starting new media companies to break the compliant...
Captain America is a Sikh. You got a problem with that?
Turbaned and proud. That's Vishavjit Singh who responded to the hate directed at him after 9/11 by drawing political cartoons about being Sikh in America. Then he got really bold and dressed up as Captain America and took to the streets of New York...
Elizabeth Peña paved the way for Latinas in Hollywood
Cuban-American actress Elizabeth Peña died on Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 55. Fans remember her for taking on those "tent pole" roles that moved her out of stereotypical Latina characters and into the mainstream.
The Pakistan in 'Homeland' is unrecognizable to this Pakistani author
The fourth season of "Homeland" take viewers to Pakistan and Afghanistan, or at least some version of those countries. But Pakistanis who watched the recent premiere are angry with the many inaccuracies they've found, saying the show might stoke...
How one band from Mexico addresses the violence in its hometown
Betto Arcos is from Xalapa, the capital of the Mexican state of Veracruz. It's a place where drug-related violence has taken hold. Arcos has the story of a music group from his hometown that's been transformed by the fear on the streets.
Malaysian singer Yuna is far more than just a 'Muslim pop star'
Yuna Zarai didn't make it too far on Malaysia's version of American Idol, but that drove her to work harder on her music. Now she's becoming a star, but is usually labeled the "singer in hijab" — something she wants to simply make normal.
Half the fun of taking the train in India is the food
Deepak Singh lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but he says train travel in the US just doesn't compare with the pleasure of taking the train in his home country, India. For one thing, there's the food.
These photos capture Guantanamo's double life as a tropical prison and...
Images of Cuba are usually beautiful: bright pastel colors, warm tropical weather and the bright blue hue of the ocean. But prisoners at Guantanamo can't see any of that, even though it's right outside. Photographer Debi Cornwall went to the prison to...
War correspondent award event brings hope and comfort to the family of...
The family of James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by members of ISIS say hearing stories of their son's last days of his life was like being a rainbow after a rain storm.
'Like father, like son,' is the case for the Velosos, Brazil's beloved...
Moreno Veloso's father, Caetano Veloso, is a beloved musician and political activist in his native Brazil. But Moreno is carving out a space of his own in the music world, and is now out with his first studio album in 13 years.
Transitioning to being a woman while serving in Afghanistan was like...
Jennifer was once named Edward, a hard-boiled Army sergeant and career soldier in the infantry. But now that her service is done and she's transitioned to being a woman, DOD policies keep her from taking full advantage of veterans benefits unless she...
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