PRI Arts and Entertainment Podcast
The spread of mondegreens should have ended with the...11/20/14
The Internet is supposed to be killing off misheard song lyrics, but think again. Those "mondegreens" are alive and well, even on the lyrics sites that try to end the confusion.
Black Brazilian women are building up their power — and they're even...
Despite over half of Brazilians claiming African descent, black Brazilians face widespread racism — which often manifests itself in violence. For the women of Miss Black Power Brazil, resistance against racism comes from a natural place — their hair.
French chefs say they shouldn't have to take the heat to stay in the...
If you're familiar with Gordon Ramsay, you probably know how high-pressure professional kitchens can be. But in the face of long-running verbal and physical abuse from their bosses, some French cooks have created a manifesto to put an end to kitchen...
When Buck Owens played Carnegie Hall, it changed people's ideas about...
Before he achieved crossover fame on the 1960s TV show 'Hee Haw', musician Buck Owens helped pioneer a new kind of country music: the so-called Bakersfield sound.His Carnegie Hall concert was a milestone for Owens and for country music.
An opera tries to explore and debunk a popular Mexican border myth
Camelia La Texana is a tragic, mythical figure made famous by a smash hit song from the 1970s. But many Mexicans, aided by the media, still believe that Camelia and her story are real. Gabriela Ortiz tried to find out why —by writing an opera.
China is getting a taste for craft beers, but not for craft brewing
Long the home of watery lagers, China is becoming a big, new market for craft brews. But thanks to red tape and government restrictions, it is foreign breweries instead of local beer makers who are filling the demand for China's beer lovers.
Iranians flood the streets to mourn a beloved pop star
Morteza Pashaei was only 30 years old when he died of pancreatic cancer on Friday. The news of his death sent thousands of Iranians into the street to pay tribute to the pop singer, who was a huge star among his country's young people.
This American reporter survived a botched kidnapping in Yemen
After 11 years of traveling to and writing about Yemen, American journalist and scholar Gregory Johnsen was nearly kidnapped there earlier this year. He says it's a sign of how much more dangerous and unforgiving the country has become for Americans.
Cleveland's La Mega radio tries to unite diverse Latin American...
Spanish-language radio stations aren’t new on the coasts, and they’ve gradually been cropping up in the American heartland, too. La Mega, in Cleveland, is the latest offering; one station playing the pop hits from all over Central America and the...
William Wells Brown may be the most famous 19th century African...
William Wells Brown was one of the most prominent African American writers in the 19th century. But many people now don't know who he is.
Interstellar explores both the cosmic scale of space and the intimacy...
Christopher Nolan’s movies can be challenging. You often have to watch them twice to fully make sense of them. Time shifts this way and that, heroes morph into anti-heroes. But, as complex as they might be in their construction, Nolan says his films...
Napoleon's hat and other collectibles go up for auction — to fund...
Ever needed to raise a bit of cash to do some home renovations? Prince Albert of Monaco is doing just that — auctioning off more than 1,000 personal items formerly belonging to French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte so that he can pay for refurbishments to...
Al Jazeera America explains big data with help from a comic book artist
"Term of Service" explores and answers question about big data. And it does it in a way where you can actually understand what it means and why you should care.
With a film under his belt, Jon Stewart considers his future and admits...
Jon Stewart's The Daily Show is a cultural touchstone for millions of Americans. But last year, Stewart took some time off from the show, to produce a movie — real, not satire. And he did it mostly on a whim. With that accomplished, Stewart is...
The journalist profiled in Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' finds dark humor...
In a prison memoir, misery and pain are usually staples. But in "Rosewater," the story of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari's time in Tehran's Evin Prison, dark humor and the absurd are given equal time.
This Tunisian woman supports equal rights for women by driving a cab —...
Tunisia's new constitution explicitly recognizes women's rights, including the right to drive a cab. But Yamina Jaouani has been a taxi driver in Tunis for nearly 30 years.
How a long-dead Hindu swami influences India's prime minister
Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu spiritual leader who made a big splash in the US in the late 1800s, and he is still considered the guru to India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
What is #GamerGate all about?
The new movement calling itself #GamerGate claims it's fighting political correctness in the gaming media. It accuses gaming reporters and reviewers of cronyism and collusion with game creators. But #GamerGate has become known for intense harassment...
The Big Blue Ball project defines 25 years of Real World Records
During the summer of 1991, Peter Gabriel hatched an idea for a new project for his label, Real World Records — one week of free-wheeling collaboration between international musicians. The result was something called Big Blue Ball, and the concept...
How to make an American sitcom work in Russia
James Kramer has spent more than a decade adapting television shows for audiences around the world. He lived in Russia for six years and helped adapt shows like "Ugly Betty" and "The Nanny" for Russian audiences, but some things just won't translate.
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