NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Turn An Idea Into Sound — And Win

Enlarge this image OK, class, listen up! Here’s your assignment for next semester: Take a topic, a lesson or a unit you’re learning about, and turn it into a podcast. Yup, we’re launching the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. It’s a chance for teachers and students in grades five through 12 across the country to …

The True-Story, Love-Triangle, Prison-Break Drama 'Escape At Dannemora'

Enlarge this image Patricia Arquette plays Tilly, a woman who helped two inmates break out of prison, in the based-on-a-true-story drama Escape at Dannemora. Benicio del Toro plays escapee Richard Matt. Chris Saunders/Showtime hide caption toggle caption Chris Saunders/Showtime It was the kind of love triangle that would test the imagination of even the most …

Janelle Monáe Is The 21st Century's Time Traveler

Enlarge this image Janelle Monae performs in 2018 in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption toggle caption Kevin Winter/Getty Images and Angela Hsieh/NPR It’s not enough to make list after list. The Turning the Tables project seeks to suggest alternatives to the traditional popular music canon, and to do more than …

'Sex, Lies And Stardom': Exploitation In Howard Hughes' Hollywood

Enlarge this image A new book examines billionaire filmmaker Howard Hughes and the sexual relationships he had with Hollywood actresses. He’s shown above in 1947. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Hulton Archive/Getty Images Billionaire filmmaker Howard Hughes has long been regarded as one of Hollywood’s most eccentric and prolific playboys. A few years …

Want A Private Jet? Mexico's Next President Has One Up For Sale

Enlarge this image Mexico’s presidential plane, a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner called the Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, arrives at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City in February 2016, when it was brand new. The airplane was one of the most expensive presidential airplanes in the world. Mexico’s next president is trying to sell it. …

EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Obama Reads From Her Forthcoming Memoir 'Becoming'

Enlarge this image Chuck Kennedy for NPR Michelle Obama’s new memoir Becoming, about her life from childhood through the White House years, comes out Tuesday. NPR was provided an exclusive listen Monday to two sections of the audio book, read by Obama herself. In the first, Obama focuses on her impressions of Princeton, being a …

Dan Crenshaw Mocks Pete Davidson And Robert De Niro Returns As Mueller On 'SNL'

Enlarge this image Saturday Night Live said goodbye to Jeff Sessions with Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller and Kate McKinnon as Sessions Saturday. Saturday Night Live via YouTube/Screenshot by NPR hide caption toggle caption Saturday Night Live via YouTube/Screenshot by NPR Saturday Night Live packed in a couple special appearances from unexpected guests, including …

100 Years Ago, A US Pilot Saw An 'End To The Sorrow' On Armistice Day

Enlarge this image Joy Panagides says her uncle Fenton Caldwell “was my favorite uncle, he had wonderful stories. He enchanted everybody in the family with his very good memory for details.” Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption toggle caption Cameron Pollack/NPR This Sunday 100 years ago, Nov. 11, 1918, the Allies of World War I and Germany …