April 26, 2011 You'd think the color of the most photographed bridge in the world would have a more exciting name than "international orange." Whatever you call it, it's the unmistakable color of the Golden Gate Bridge, which turns 75 next year. But back in the 1930s, the now-iconic hue was a radical choice.
April 25, 2011 Magdalene is a two-year residential program in Nashville, Tenn., for women with criminal histories of addiction and prostitution. There's therapy, and they also make bath oils and candles, products that its founder — a former Episcopal priest — say promote healing. The message is: Love heals.
February 17, 2011 Through the years, artist Sally Mann has made a name for herself by working in the painstaking medium of large-format photography. In a video she discusses her most recent work, focusing on the illness suffered by her husband of 40 years.
February 17, 2011 The government of Kiribati, a set of islands in the Pacific Ocean, is worried that climate change and population pressure could make significant parts of the country uninhabitable within the century. With help from abroad, it has begun the slow process of familiarizing residents with nearby Australia.
February 2, 2011 In Mississippi, Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, spent a combined 30 years in jail for crimes they didn't commit.
January 11, 2011 Housing remains one of the biggest challenges facing Haiti after an earthquake destroyed much of the capital last year. But recently, thousands of people who've grown tired of living in temporary camps have started building houses in scrubby, vacant hills north of the capital.
December 27, 2010 Don't let anyone tell you otherwise: Year-end list-making is a war waged on and between music nerds everywhere. What you didn't know: Sometimes the lists make themselves.
November 22, 2010 Try as you might, you can't walk in a straight line without a visible guide point, like the sun or a star. You might think you're walking straight, but a map of your route would reveal you are doomed to walk in circles.
November 19, 2010 NPR producer Art Silverman uncovers New Jersey's filthy situation: the Passaic River. U.S. manufacturing was jump-started along its banks. Now the river is so toxic, part of it is a superfund site, and much of the rest is, as one writer puts it, "a toilet."
November 6, 2010 Russia's Solovetsky Islands, less than 100 miles from the Arctic Circle, have become a popular tourist destination. Originally an outpost of the Orthodox Church, they later became home to a brutal prison. Now, islanders and church officials are battling for control.