Author Interviews

Why Bring Up Death When We Could Talk About 'Something More Pleasant'?

In her illustrated memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, longtime New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast describes being an only child and conflicted caretaker to her aging parents.

Drone Journalism Lab researcher Ben Kreimer is limited to testing drones indoors. Courtesy of Drone Journalism Lab hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Drone Journalism Lab

All Tech Considered

Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

Unmanned aircraft offer spectacular bird's-eye views, and news organizations are eager to deploy them to get that perspective. But U.S. regulators currently prohibit drone use for commercial purposes.

Data scientist Matt Daniels charted the vocabularies of hip-hop artists against Shakespeare and Herman Melville. Matt Daniels hide caption

toggle caption Matt Daniels

Music

Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop?

A data scientist pitted rappers against Shakespeare to see who had the more extensive vocabulary. But he says he isn't trying to make some sweeping statement about the lyrical prowess of hip-hop.

Drone Journalism Lab researcher Ben Kreimer is limited to testing drones indoors. Courtesy of Drone Journalism Lab hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Drone Journalism Lab

Drone Journalism Can't Fully Take Flight Until Regulators Act

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/309742245/309840557" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A water-collecting drone hovers at a testing site in Lincoln, Neb., in 2013. The Federal Aviation Administration is working on rules for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

toggle caption Nati Harnik/AP

FAA Head: Safety, Privacy Concerns Abound In Regulating Drones

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/309746615/309840563" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Data scientist Matt Daniels charted the vocabularies of hip-hop artists against Shakespeare and Herman Melville. Matt Daniels hide caption

toggle caption Matt Daniels

Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/309840473/309840474" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Moment of Clarity Jay-Z
Giggle Water Los Straitjackets
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Giggle Water
Album
Supersonic Guitars In 3-d
Artist
Los Straitjackets

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

A Softer Night [From Boys Don't Cry] Nathan Larson
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
A Softer Night [From Boys Don't Cry]
Album
FilmMusik
Artist
Nathan Larson

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

March for harpsichord in C major, Z. 648

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., plays in the annual Congressional Women's Softball game in 2011. She says it's hard to get more women to run for office. Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images

Best Way To Get Women To Run For Office? Ask Repeatedly

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/309832898/309840569" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Gary Becker was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in 2007. Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI/Landov hide caption

toggle caption Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI/Landov

Remembering Economist Gary Becker, Who Described 'Marriage Market'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/309840501/309840502" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
A Walk in the Woods Al Petteway & Amy White
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
A Walk in the Woods
Album
Land of the Sky
Artist
Al Petteway & Amy White

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Step into My Dream Friction & Spice

Diane Keaton lives with her daughter and son in Los Angeles. Ruven Afanador/Courtesy of Random House hide caption

toggle caption Ruven Afanador/Courtesy of Random House

A Film And Fashion Icon On Aging, And The Power Of Turtlenecks

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/308346882/309840575" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
I Don't Want to Play in Your Yard Heaton Vorse
Wormwood Tuatara
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Wormwood
Album
Trading With the Enemy
Artist
Tuatara

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Awakening The Beyman Bros
O Solitude Branford Marsalis

On the outskirts of Islamabad, a Pakistani health worker vaccinates an Afghan refugee against polio. Muhammed Muheisen/AP hide caption

toggle caption Muhammed Muheisen/AP

The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/309868063/309876367" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Brainwave NOMO
San Sebastian Steve Vai

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (shown here at her home in Tehran on Sept. 18, 2013, following her release from prison) was one of the last lawyers taking on human rights cases in Iran before her arrest in 2010. Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

Iranian Activist Says Her Release Is A Gesture, Not A New Era

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/309728994/309840587" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Release The Human League
Vientos del Sur Oscar Lopez
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Vientos del Sur
Album
Seduction
Artist
Oscar Lopez

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Front Burner Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
Gee is taken to the country Rachel Portman
Watson's Excellent Adventure Charlie Musselwhite
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Watson's Excellent Adventure
Album
In My Time
Artist
Charlie Musselwhite

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?