Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80's July 15 show at Grand Performances in Los Angeles. For over 25 years, Grand Performances' free shows have drawn diverse crowds to downtown L.A. RJ Sakai/Courtesy of Grand Performances hide caption

toggle caption RJ Sakai/Courtesy of Grand Performances
Free Music In The Heart Of The L.A. Sprawl
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/139804447/140002669" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson on stage in New York around 1978. Richard E. Aaron/Redferns hide caption

toggle caption Richard E. Aaron/Redferns
Nick Ashford, Songwriter, Singer And Producer, Has Died
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/139879277/139889627" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Jennifer Lawrence, as Ree Dolly in Winter's Bone, on the front porch of Frank Layson's house in southwestern Missouri. Layson's hand-built house served as the home for the Dolly children in the film. Sebastian Mlynarski/Roadside Attractions hide caption

toggle caption Sebastian Mlynarski/Roadside Attractions
On Location: The Frozen Ozarks Of 'Winter's Bone'
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/139753185/139763195" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Best Buds From Back In The Day: Ernie and Bert on the set of Sesame Street in 1970, the year after it premiered. Children's Television Workshop/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Children's Television Workshop/Getty Images
They're Just Best Friends. That's It. Seriously
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/139582855/139586376" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Archer Mayor exposes the seedy underbelly of Brattleboro, Vt., in his mystery novels. But it's a challenge to bring out the dark side; Brattleboro, and Vermont in general, the author says, are "inordinately pleasant" places. Ken Gallager hide caption

toggle caption Ken Gallager
Brattleboro: Vermont's Hotbed Of Fictional Crime
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/138787433/138884645" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Unidentified Fashion Object: A 1963 rendering shows the design for Biff's Coffee Shop in Oakland, Calif. "It almost looked like a flying saucer," says Victor Newlove of Armet Davis Newlove Architects. "It looks like it's about ready to lift off." Armet & Davis Architects hide caption

toggle caption Armet & Davis Architects
Out Of This World: Designs Of The Space Age
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137763046/137840545" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
American Painter Cy Twombly Dies In Rome
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137642327/137642414" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Anime character Hatsune Miku stars in a new series of Toyota Corolla ads aimed at the Asian-American market. Toyota USA, Inc. hide caption

toggle caption Toyota USA, Inc.
The New Wave Of Cartoon Bands
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137529117/137536005" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sort your laundry into whites and darks? "That's racist," quips one character on Parks and Recreation. iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption iStockphoto.com
'That's Racist!' How A Serious Accusation Became A Commonplace Quip
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137451481/137455177" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

With its upward-sloping wings, the new Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center is designed to resemble an eagle, a sacred symbol for the tribe. Courtesy of the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum
Colorado Tribe Puts Cultural Riches On Display
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136931185/137146212" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Mary Hart has hosted Entertainment Tonight since 1982. She's now stepping down. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Mary Hart: An Icon Of Modern Celebrity Steps Down After Nearly 30 Years
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136460652/136472766" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript