PHOTOS: When The Hindenburg Was The Height Of Luxe In-Flight Dining

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Before it became a byword for disaster, the hydrogen-powered airship heralded an era of fine dining in the skies — with an all-electric kitchen, a cocktail lounge, wine cellar and multi-course meals.

2017-05-19 17:05:00  

From The Big Top Into The Big World: A Ringling Ringmaster's Final Bow

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Johnathan Lee Iverson, the first African-American ringmaster of "The Greatest Show on Earth," helms the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for its last performance this Sunday.

2017-05-19 16:18:00  

At $110.5 Million, Basquiat Painting Becomes Priceist Work Ever Sold By A U.S. Artist

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With the sale Thursday night in New York City, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 untitled painting is also said to be the sixth-most expensive work sold in world history.

2017-05-19 14:59:00  

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Master Of None' And 'Snatched'

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On this week's show, Gene Demby from NPR's Code Switch and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans join us for a conversation about the second season of Master Of None and the very silly film Snatched.

2017-05-19 10:00:00  

In 'The Commune,' Where We Live Is Who We Are

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Director Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune isn't really about the entire group that grows up around a 1970s Copenhagen family. It's about the family itself, and how the way we live defines us.

2017-05-18 22:00:30  

'Alien: Covenant' Continues To Mine Old Ground

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While Alien: Covenant is better than Prometheus, the last franchise entry, it still lacks the basic elements that made Alien and Aliens so widely admired.

2017-05-18 22:00:30  

Bryan Cranston Hides And Watches In 'Wakefield'

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Bryan Cranston plays a man who settles in to spy on his own family in Wakefield, a story with roots going all the way back to Nathaniel Hawthorne.

2017-05-18 22:00:29  

The Device Of Illness Disappoints In 'Everything, Everything'

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Based on Nicola Yoon's YA novel, Everything, Everything has some of the ingredients it needs to be satisfying, but the way it uses illness only as a plot device makes that satisfaction elusive.

2017-05-18 22:00:29  

'Abacus': The Small Chinatown Bank That Paid A High Price

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In Abacus: Too Small To Jail, Steve James, who made Hoop Dreams, tells the story of a very small bank that really was prosecuted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

2017-05-18 22:00:00  

Correction: What Is The Shell In The 'Birth Of Venus' Painting?

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NPR offers a correction to a piece earlier in the week in which we referred to the mollusk in the famous "Birth of Venus" painting by Botticelli as a clam shell.

2017-05-18 21:48:00  

Death Of Chris Cornell, Front Man Of Soundgarden, Ruled A Suicide

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Chris Cornell, one of the pioneers of grunge rock, has died at age 52. Cornell was known as a member of the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave.

2017-05-18 21:48:00  

Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid'

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"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid," Minhaj says, "but am I more Indian or am I more American? What part of my identity am I?" His new Netflix special is called Homecoming King.

2017-05-18 20:16:35  

Asian Americans In Hollywood Still Waiting For The Spotlight

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In the meantime, some are producing their own shows or creating material for alternative platforms like YouTube.

2017-05-18 18:45:00  

Dutch King Reveals Secret Life As Part-Time Pilot On KLM Airline

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For more than two decades, King Willem-Alexander has regularly served as a co-pilot on commercial flights. He is rarely recognized, he told De Telegraaf newspaper.

2017-05-18 17:36:00  

TV Networks Unveil Fall Seasons At 2017 Upfronts

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The upfronts are underway in New York. That's where networks show their fall season to advertisers to drum up business. NPR looks at what's coming and what's cancelled.

2017-05-17 21:32:00  

'The Color Of Law' Details How U.S. Housing Policies Created Segregation

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NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with author Richard Rothstein about his new book, The Color of Law, which details how federal housing policies in the 1940s and '50s mandated segregation and undermined the ability of black families to own homes and build

2017-05-17 21:32:00  

Food To Cure What Ails You: When Cookbooks Treated Meals As Medicine

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At the turn of the 20th century, when access to professional care was spotty, many cookbooks served up recipes for the sick — some (brandy) more appealing than others (toast water).

2017-05-17 13:00:29  

It's The Nuggets That Shine In 'The Golden Cockerel'

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The title piece in Mexican master Juan Rulfo's The Golden Cockerel is a good story with a simple point: Life is short and then you die. It's the sketches and fragments that come after that amaze.

2017-05-17 12:00:29  

A Lesser-Known Venus Visits The U.S. In New Botticelli Exhibit

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Botticelli's most famous Renaissance painting shows the goddess Venus, standing nude on a clam shell. Now, an exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts shows other works, seldom seen outside of Italy.

2017-05-16 21:30:00  

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