November 8, 2011 This week, Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton is opening the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown of Bentonville, Ark. But some are having trouble separating the retail giant, which is also headquartered in Bentonville, from the cultural attraction.
November 6, 2011 Adele has totally dominated the pop charts in 2011, but she's cancelled concerts for the rest of the year to have an operation on her vocal cords. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports on how singers get to the point where they need this kind of surgery, which singers from Julie Andrews to John Mayer have had in recent years.
October 11, 2011 As Latinos become a bigger segment of the U.S. population, the beer industry is trying more nuanced ways of influencing them. "We segment them by their attitudes as well as demographics," says marketer Jim Sabia, whose company distributes Corona and other Mexican beers.
September 7, 2011 The streaming video site owned by the TV networks ABC, NBC and Fox is up for sale, and companies like Google and Amazon have shown interest in buying. But there are plenty of variables at play, including the fact that as soon as Hulu's current owners give up their stake, its valuable content could disappear.
August 11, 2011 Cultural diplomacy usually comes in the form of a traveling art show or celebrity visit, but this summer the Kennedy Center is engaging in a deeper kind of diplomacy; a fellowship program that provides training for arts managers from around the world.
August 2, 2011 At 11 years old, novelist George Pelecanos witnessed the aftermath of Washington, D.C.'s 1968 race riots, and he's never forgotten it. Now he uses fictional Detective Derek Strange, one of D.C.'s first black cops, to explore the intersection of crime, race and class in the nation's capital.
July 22, 2011 Interlochen is one of the most prestigious summer music and arts camps in the country. It's also one of the most expensive. With the economy in the doldrums, how are families affording it? Some enterprising young campers have been extra-resourceful in coming up with the cash.
July 3, 2011 The award-winning French comedy The Names of Love pairs the free-spirited daughter of an Algerian immigrant with a buttoned-up man whose Jewish heritage brings its own issues. For all of its humor, the film is a poignant look at family history and cultural identity.