Dennis Chestnut stands next to a stretch of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2. Chestnut, who has been working to clean up the Anacostia for decades, says it can take a long time for a nonprofit to see an end result. Abbey Oldham/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Abbey Oldham/NPR

Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/236392607/239540874" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In Stephen King's novel and the film adaptations, Carrie (played by Sissy Spacek, left, in the 1976 version) is the one with the supernatural powers, but for NPR's Elizabeth Blair, Carrie's mother Margaret (Piper Laurie) was the truly scary character. United Artists/The Kobal Collection hide caption

toggle caption United Artists/The Kobal Collection

'Carrie' Had The Power, But Mom Had The Scary Going On

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/236234923/236701742" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Shutdown signs have been posted at the National Museum of American History and other Smithsonian Institution museums, which will remain closed as long as the government is. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/228175494/228198608" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Disney Experiments With 2-Screen Experience Involves iPads

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/225315983/225315439" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Instructions Not Included, a film starring and directed by Eugenio Derbez, was made specifically for a Mexican and U.S. Latino audience. Pantelion Films hide caption

toggle caption Pantelion Films

Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/218838102/218838738" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., has opened a Digital Commons that features rows of desktop computers, portable electronic devices and even a 3D printer. DC Public Library/The Freelon Group hide caption

toggle caption DC Public Library/The Freelon Group

With Modern Makeovers, America's Libraries Are Branching Out

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/217211315/217841105" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

At a Human Library event at the Santa Monica Public Library, a police detective "book" talks to two "readers." Human Library events and projects, which are held at libraries across the country, allow participants to "check out" volunteers and have conversations about their life experiences. Annie Wyndham Solomon (Wynsolo Photography)/Santa Monica Public Library hide caption

toggle caption Annie Wyndham Solomon (Wynsolo Photography)/Santa Monica Public Library

Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/211697593/211756532" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Emmy Nods for Netflix, The New Kid On The Block

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/203361083/203361085" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
92YTribeca

Comedian Hari Kondabolu On Diversity, Race And Burger King

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/203034882/203194739" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Toshi Seeger with her husband, folk singer Pete Seeger, in 2009. Bennett Raglin/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Bennett Raglin/Getty Images

Toshi Seeger, Wife Of Folk Singer Pete Seeger, Dies At 91

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/201159066/201200455" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

At a San Jose, Calif. library, a young reader browses a shelf of books featuring a variety of main characters: ducks, hens, white kids, black kids. Libraries help drive demand for children's books with nonwhite characters, but book publishers say there aren't enough libraries to make those books best-sellers. San Jose Library/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption San Jose Library/Flickr

As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/193174358/195426309" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

He's still a would-be world-conquerer by day, but Gru (left, with minions) has been settling into his role as an adoptive dad by night. His new responsibilities make him a likely recruit for the Anti-Villain League, which asks him to ... well, we shouldn't give too much away. Universal hide caption

toggle caption Universal

'Me' Too: For Gru, Another Shot At Global Domination

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/193963013/194530636" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sue Glader wrote Nowhere Hair after finding many children's books about cancer that were too depressing or scary. Courtesy Sue Glader hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy Sue Glader

How To Introduce Kids To Tough Topics? Art And TV Can Help

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/188959443/191226655" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript