PRI Arts and Entertainment Podcast
Forget men's and women's clothing, one department store...01/30/15
The British Department Store Selfridges has announced that they're doing away with gendered clothing. They will get rid of men's and women's department and make their clothing gender-neutral.
This US ambassador to Britain practices 'vinyl diplomacy'
Matthew Barzun is a kind of ambassador of rock as well, bringing indie bands, his turntable and his rapidly swelling record collection to parties he hosts. The events mix diplomatic affairs and the best of Belle and Sebastian, the National or Dire...
Miami’s Soviet time machine gives Cuban expats a nostalgia fix
At this store, SPAM and Russian perfume offer some Cuban Americans a nostalgia fix.
Tears of joy as a husband hears 'lost' recording of his late wife's...
English retiree Stan Beaton thought he had lost the only existing recording of his late wife's voice. Until a radio news team came to visit him.
Hello, Putin! A flying bear that swept the Internet
The absurdity of Russia's lumbering mascot as an airport logo is irresistible. Stay weird, Khabarovsk.
Cuban artist describes regime's still-watchful eye
Tania Bruguera was arrested after trying to stage an open-mic performance in Revolution Square in Havana a few weeks back. She's free now, but without her passport, and "I'm followed 24-7 by a car and by people."
Saudi students in the US have confidence in their new king
More than 70,000 Saudis are studying at American colleges and universities thanks to scholarships from the late King Abdullah. Now that his brother, King Salman, is running the country, some of them say they're optimistic about their country's future...
'I Have No Everything Here.' From an overcrowded prison in Malawi,...
Music producer Ian Brennan set up a small recording studio at the Zomba Maximum Security Prison in Malawi and had the male and female inmates sing their own songs. Many of the tunes tell their stories of prison life.
How a punk rocker from DC got interested in ancient songs from Syria
Jason Hamacher is a punk rock drummer from Washington, DC, but he's interesting in exploring new sounds of all kinds. That's how he ended up recording Sufi singers in Aleppo, Syria, and preserving their songs before civil war destroyed the country.
How Jennifer Lawrence got American Hustled by Hollywood
Hollywood's most bankable star was paid less than male colleagues, part of a pattern exposed by the Sony Pictures hack. Charlize Theron already has gotten even.
Meet the Dancehall Queens of Brooklyn, New York
Dancehall started in Jamaica in the 1970s. It's changed and morphed and winded it's way to Brooklyn.
What it's like to drive Saudi Arabian princesses around
Jayne Larson got an intimate view of the life of a Saudi princess when she worked as a chauffeur for the royal family. There was no job application. "“I was asked if I was a Jew and I’m not, so I got the job."
One Honduran woman decided not to leave for the US thanks to her...
Among the thousands of young Hondurans coming to the US last year were Garifuna, descendants of African slaves with their own distinct culture. But some Garifuna are opting to stay. Here's why.
Much of this Guantanamo detainee's diary didn't make it past government...
Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay without charge since 2002, and he's written about his incarceration in a new memoir. But while it took six years to get the book published, government censors still took a healthy bite out of...
A Muslim and a Jew walk into a comedy club in Paris — and hilarity...
After the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were murdered for their irreverent drawings of the Prophet Mohammed, some in France have accused Muslims of lacking a sense of humor. As it turns out, many of France’s most successful comedians are Muslims.
700 snippets of wisdom — all drawn by hand
Everyone makes New Year's resolutions. It's an annual ritual. But some are more ambitious than others: Garman Herigstad's, for example. Once a special effects artist for movies and TV, Herigstad wants to explore more fully another kind of art — on a...
Here's the premiere of Dessa's new music video where she swims among...
How, why and where you can swim with statues, courtesy of singer and songwriter Dessa. This is the world premiere of her new video for her song "Sound The Bells," filmed off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Are African immigrants African American?
An upcoming documentary sheds light on the identities of African immigrants and African Americans — and the tensions between them.
How to eat pork, drink booze and be a 'good' Muslim
What's the difference between a "good" Muslim and a "bad" one? Two women and their podcast are on a mission to find out.
Here's how these musicians balance free speech and being respectful of...
Following the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, I was at the APAP conference in New York and spoke to several musicians about their reaction. Freedom of speech was in the air and I decided to ask a few of them how they see the balance between using their...
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