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‘Shadow’: New Light On Islamic History

Lightning from a clear sky — that’s how historians have described the rise of Islam. Stories say the Prophet Muhammad […]

What The MTV Movie Awards Get Right That The Oscars Don’t

I admit it’s a bold statement, suggesting that the most glamorous and prestigious awards ceremony Americans watch all year could […]

One Man’s Case For Regulating Hate Speech

Warning: This story contains language that some might find offensive. In the late ’70s, Skokie, Ill., became the epicenter of […]

That’s Jakarta, With A Capital ‘J’

On-Air Challenge: Every answer is the name of a world capital. You’ll be given clues to its phonetic parts, and […]

‘Life Behind The Lobby’ Of Indian-American Motels

Here are three remarkable facts about motels in the U.S. that you probably don’t already know: – At least 1 […]

London’s Mayor On ‘The City That Made The World’

In just a few weeks, the world will descend on London for the Olympic Games. But the world goes to […]

America’s Gone Bananas: Here’s How It Happened

Today, Americans take bananas for granted. They’re cheap, they’re ripe, they’re everywhere. But take a moment and consider: How did […]

For Impressionist Jim Meskimen, The Voice Is ‘A Sample Of Who We Are’

Jim Meskimen is the only person I’ve ever heard open an interview with NPR’s Scott Simon in the voice of […]

Diablo III: A Sequel Worth Waiting For

With the exception of a few companies, the videogame industry is currently suffering from a remarkable decline in revenue, and […]

A Memoir About Mothers, Memory And Loss

This interview was originally broadcast on January 11, 2011. Writer Mira Bartok was 40 years old when a semi-trailer hurled […]

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