May 25, 2013 — The gleaming stainless steel arch in St. Louis is, officially, a monument to westward expansion. But in The Gateway Arch: A Biography, Tracy Campbell argues that the monument's meaning is more complicated. He tells NPR about the controversies, the clout and the costs behind the 630-foot structure.
May 7, 2013 — Even as a child, Patricia Volk knew she would never measure up to her strikingly beautiful mother. But after reading the memoir of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Volk found a new understanding of beauty that had more to do with personality than a pretty face.
May 1, 2013 — Photographer Todd McLellan dismantles common household objects, then meticulously arranges the parts to show the inner workings of everyday stuff.
Apr 30, 2013 — People generally don't associate trees with New York City, and if they do, they tend to think only of Central and Prospect parks. But the city is filled with old, beloved trees, some dating back more than 200 years, many of them located in the unsung outer boroughs.
Apr 16, 2013 — The Turnaround Arts Initiative is using an ambitious arts curriculum to try and turn eight low-performing schools around. Celebrities like Kerry Washington and Yo-Yo Ma have signed on to help encourage kids, but the program's success will ultimately be measured in test scores.
Apr 12, 2013 — When he was 17, Mike Brodie hopped a train with a Polaroid camera and a pack of film. About 10 years later, he doesn't hop trains and doesn't really photograph, either. But he does have a book out about those years.
Apr 9, 2013 — In her new memoir, Shocked, Volk examines the two women who had a lasting impact on her as she began to parse who she was as a woman: her beautiful, critical mother, Audrey Morgen Volk; and the famous — and unconventional — haute couture designer Elsa Schiaparelli.
Apr 5, 2013 — Photographer Donna De Cesare teaches her students how to be professional — but also how to be human.
Apr 3, 2013 — Try to put him in a box and he'll find his way out. Still working at nearly 85 years old, William Klein has gone rogue in at least four different fields.
Apr 2, 2013 — Patricia Volk's new memoir, Shocked, chronicles her complex relationship with her beautiful, exacting mother. She finds a useful contrast to her mother's stifled life in a memoir by avant-garde designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Reviewer Heller McAlpin calls the book a "stylish coming-of-age tale."