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Neda Ulaby

Reporter, Arts Desk

Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

Scouring the various and often overlapping worlds of art, music, television, film, new media and literature, Ulaby's stories reflect political and economic realities, cultural issues, obsessions and transitions.

A twenty-year veteran of NPR, Ulaby started as a temporary production assistant on the cultural desk, opening mail, booking interviews and cutting tape with razor blades. Over the years, she's also worked as a producer and editor and won a Gracie award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for hosting a podcast of NPR's best arts stories.

Ulaby also hosted the Emmy-award winning public television series Arab American Stories in 2012 and earned a 2019 Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. She's also been chosen for fellowships at the Getty Arts Journalism Program at USC Annenberg and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.

Before coming to NPR, Ulaby worked as managing editor of Chicago's Windy City Times and co-hosted a local radio program, What's Coming Out at the Movies. A former doctoral student in English literature, Ulaby has contributed to academic journals and taught classes in the humanities at the University of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University and at high schools serving at-risk students.

Ulaby worked as an intern for the features desk of the Topeka Capital-Journal after graduating from Bryn Mawr College. But her first appearance in print was when she was only four days old. She was pictured on the front page of the New York Times, as a refugee, when she and her parents were evacuated from Amman, Jordan, during the conflict known as Black September.

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Monday

A slipper orchid clonal hybrid known as Paphiopedilum Saint Albans "Dark Red" from the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection Hannele Lahti/Smithsonian Open Access Collections hide caption

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GOTH GARDENS

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Tuesday

An image from the 1984 Houston Pride parade. Archivists at the University of Houston are working on archiving 30 years worth of local LGBTQ radio programming. J. D. Doyle hide caption

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Saving Houston’s LGBTQ history through thousands of hours of radio archives

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Friday

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has died. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIFF hide caption

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MORGAN SPURLOCK OBIT

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Sunday

"I think the task of the filmmaker is to break through and hit that horror that still remains in the unconscious mind," Corman said. "And there's a certain amount of catharsis there. He's pictured above in 2009. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Roger Corman, the B-movie legend who launched A-list careers, dies at 98

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Thursday

Remembering Steve Albini, rock musician and engineer, who died at 61

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Monday

Signage for The Pulitzer Prizes appear at Columbia University on May 28, 2019, in New York. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Here are the winners of the 2024 Pulitzer Prizes

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Wednesday

The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse is one of two "middle-of-the-river" lighthouses left standing on the Hudson River. David Oliver/National Trust for Historic Preservation hide caption

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Here's this year's list of the most endangered historic places in the U.S.

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Wednesday

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Last week, James McCartney (left), the son of Beatle Paul McCartney, released a new song called "Primrose Hill" that he co-wrote with Sean Ono Lennon, the son of John Lennon. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Lionel Hahn/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

Dead fish washed ashore in a red tide in 2018 in Sanibel, Fla. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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A professor worried no one would read an algae study. So she had it put to music

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Monday

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Dystopias are so 2020. Meet the new protopias that show a hopeful future

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Friday

Louis Gossett Jr., first black man to win Best Support Actor Oscar, dies

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Wednesday

Videos using AI are popping up on YouTube. How is YouTube responding?

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Tuesday

Eric Carmen was the frontman for the Raspberries. The singer wrote music that helped set the mood for several popular movies throughout his career, including Dirty Dancing. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Eric Carmen, singer-songwriter of 'All By Myself' and 'Hungry Eyes,' dies at 74

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Friday

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Yokosuka Museum of Art, situated on Tokyo Bay, is designed as a destination for both visitors and locals. Tomio Ohashi/The Pritzker Architecture Prize hide caption

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Riken Yamamoto, who designs dignity and elegance into daily life, wins Pritzker Prize

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Sunday

The Apollo Chamber Players create concerts in response to book banning, the refugee crisis, the war in Gaza and other world events. The members of the Houston based ensemble are Matthew Dudzik, left, Aria Cheregosha, Matthew J. Detrick and Anabel Ramírez. Lynn Lane/Apollo Chamber Players hide caption

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Classical ensemble Apollo Chamber Players is tuned in to today's headlines

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Friday

Thursday

Comedian Richard Lewis, nicknamed 'The Prince of Pain,' dies at 76

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Thursday

Museum honoring Mississippi bluesman John Hurt is destroyed in a fire

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Wednesday

A secret shelf of banned books thrives in a Texas school, under the nose of censors

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Wednesday

A massive new study looks at faith in film and TV

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Thursday

Robie Harris, who wrote an often-banned book about sexuality for kids, dies at 83

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Thursday

Olivia Rodrigo performs in concert during a taping of the "Austin City Limits" TV show at ACL Live on Oct. 2, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Amy Harris/Invision/AP hide caption

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