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Posted: 2019-07-10 09:10:00
Philip Freelon, chief architect of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, has died. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2016.
Posted: 2019-07-07 22:35:08
The Guggenheim Museum in New York and Fallingwater in Pennsylvania now belong to a list that includes Machu Picchu and the pyramids of Egypt.
Posted: 2019-06-07 15:25:12
Even in our current climate, it's sobering to consider how the profession of architecture treated modernist pioneer Eileen Gray. This graphic history is a thought-provoking, if incomplete, reflection.
Posted: 2019-06-06 10:01:28
'The Plaza' Is A Nostalgic Look At The History Of New York's Most Famous Hotel
Julie Satow's book reads like the biography of a distant relative as much as the history of a landmark building; the author argues that no other building so directly reflects the city itself.
Posted: 2019-05-16 22:46:00
I.M. Pei, Architect Of Some Of The World's Most Iconic Structures, Dies At 102
During his influential career, the Pritzker-winning architect designed everything from schools to skyscrapers. Known for spare geometric forms, Pei said the goal was to "eliminate the inessential."
Posted: 2019-05-09 17:59:03
'This Land Is My Land' Paints Sometimes Wacky Human Nature In Bright Colors
Full of playful experiments with composition, and seemingly endless variations on common themes, Andy Warner and Sofie Louise Dam treat self-made "utopias" with unflappable cheer.
Posted: 2019-04-16 11:30:00
How Notre Dame, 'Vast Symphony In Stone,' Weaves Its Way Through Parisian History
Victor Hugo wrote Notre Dame de Paris, or The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in the 19th century to draw attention to the cathedral, which had fallen into neglect and disrepair. It worked.
Posted: 2019-03-05 15:03:00
Arata Isozaki, Whose Hybrid Style Forged 'New Paths,' Wins Pritzker Prize
Growing up in the shadow of World War II, the Japanese architect became fascinated with how people rebuild. Now, after decades of restless reinvention, he has won architecture's highest honor.
Posted: 2019-02-26 16:06:30
Sex Work And Sting Operations
Who is helped — and who is hurt — by the law enforcement operation that caught up Robert Kraft?
Posted: 2019-02-04 15:06:30
Will Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Resign?
Many leading figures in the Democratic party have called for Northam to step down. Will he? Should he?

Posted: 2019-07-15 17:09:32
Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, has set a massive goal for itself: going carbon neutral by 2050. This would be good for the world. But how would it be good for the bottom...
Posted: 2019-07-14 15:40:15
Forecasters estimate rainfall over south-central Louisiana at about 6 to 12 inches, and isolated maximum rainfall could reach up to 20 inches, posing potential "dangerous, life-threatening flooding."
Posted: 2019-07-09 21:27:08
The new tax could bring in some $200 million that would be used to support modes of travel that pollute less — such as trains.
Posted: 2019-07-08 21:39:50
Trump Touts 'Environmental Leadership,' Even As D.C. Floods And Critics Pounce
In an East Room event that played like a campaign rally, President Trump touted his push for clean air and "crystal clear" water. He made no mention of climate change, a growing concern for...
Posted: 2019-07-08 20:45:00
Experts Say U.S. Power Grid Needs To Change Before Shifting To All Renewable Energy
More cities, states, and even utilities are pledging to shift to all renewable energy. But experts say the nation's power grid needs a lot of changes to make that happen.
Posted: 2019-07-05 18:58:21
Puerto Rico Harnesses The Power Of The Sun For A Renewable Energy Future
Puerto Rico has a plan to rebuild its energy grid and move to 100% renewable power by 2050. Many communities are working toward that themselves, without help from the government.
Posted: 2019-07-04 20:10:18
As The Energy Market Changes, Another Coal Company Declares Bankruptcy
Another major coal company has declared bankruptcy. It's just the latest blow for an industry that continues to struggle in a fast-changing energy market.
Posted: 2019-07-04 20:10:17
Chubb Insurance Company Pulls Back From Coal Industry
Chubb insurance says it will no longer underwrite coal-fired power plants, the first major U.S. insurer to do so. It's a big victory for a campaign that's been pressuring the industry over climate...
Posted: 2019-07-04 09:18:53
Coal Company Files For Bankruptcy
One of the nation's largest coal producers has declared bankruptcy. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Lexington Herald-Leader reporter William Wright.
Posted: 2019-07-03 20:33:13
Locals Support Trump's Decision To Allow Drilling In Alaska's Arctic Refuge
The Trump administration will soon let oil companies bid on land to drill in Alaska's Arctic Refuge. Despite decades of opposition, many in the refuge's one small village think it will bring...

Posted: 2019-07-15 17:09:32
Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, has set a massive goal for itself: going carbon neutral by 2050. This would be good for the world. But how would it be good for the bottom...
Posted: 2019-07-15 09:01:00
An attempt by the new conservative mayor of Madrid to roll back the city's innovative vehicle pollution controls has Spanish environmentalists fuming, and heading for the courts.
Posted: 2019-07-14 21:13:05
In the nearly two years since Hurricane Maria, about half a million people still don't have a safe affordable home. One architect is working to change that.
Posted: 2019-07-14 21:08:00
Louisiana Clean-Up Underway As Barry Moves North
Tropical Storm Barry dropped plenty of rain, caused lots of flooding, toppled trees and knocked out power to thousands. Now the clean-up gets underway as the storm moves north.
Posted: 2019-07-14 15:40:15
A Weakened Tropical Storm Barry Creeps North, But Heavy Rain Remains A Major Concern
Forecasters estimate rainfall over south-central Louisiana at about 6 to 12 inches, and isolated maximum rainfall could reach up to 20 inches, posing potential "dangerous, life-threatening flooding."
Posted: 2019-07-14 11:01:02
Federal Clampdown On Burning Man Imperils Festival's Free Spirit Ethos, Say Burners
As the Bureau of Land Management tightens its grip on the annual gathering's population growth at Nevada's Black Rock desert, a freewheeling community finds its core identity under threat.
Posted: 2019-07-13 21:12:00
Slow-Moving Tropical Storm Stunts Louisiana Disaster Plans
Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Barry are expected from Florida to Louisiana as the eye of the disorganized storm moves onto land. Flooding is the big concern.
Posted: 2019-07-13 16:02:10
Climate Change Fuels Wetter Storms — Storms Like Barry
The water in the Gulf of Mexico is hot and the Mississippi River is high. That could spell disaster for Louisiana.
Posted: 2019-07-13 12:26:39
Has Your Doctor Talked To You About Climate Change?
Some physicians say connecting environmental effects of climate change — heat waves, more pollen and longer allergy seasons — to the health consequences helps them better care for patients.
Posted: 2019-07-12 20:08:00
Louisiana Residents Try To Find The Best Way To Stay Safe In Tropical Storm Barry
The rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Barry are the biggest threat to Louisiana, particularly in the low-lying areas close to the coast. Evacuations are in place and people are concerned.

Posted: 2019-07-14 12:21:43
The spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon is iconic and continues to be the standard for crafting space garb.
Posted: 2019-07-13 12:26:39
Singer Billie Holiday died 60 years ago next week. For nearly a year, she had no tombstone until fans rallied to make sure Lady Day's final resting place was properly marked.
Posted: 2019-07-13 12:26:39
A mosque in the United States was built on a North Dakota prairie in the 1920s. Today the descendants of those families share that history with new American Muslims.
Posted: 2019-07-11 14:06:30
The Digital Disruption Of The Banking Industry
New tech and automation have caused banks to adjust to how people today interact (or don't) with money.
Posted: 2019-07-11 09:00:32
Of Little Details And Lunar Dust: Preserving Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Spacesuit
Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit is about to go back on public display after a Smithsonian effort to preserve it. The effort wasn't to make it pristine. Lunar dust still covers the boots.
Posted: 2019-07-10 17:00:23
Is 'Race Science' Making A Comeback?
We talked to Angela Saini, author of the new book Superior: The Return of Race Science, about how race isn't real (but you know...still is), and how race science crept its way into the 21st century.
Posted: 2019-07-09 17:34:36
The Last VW Beetle Rolls Off The Assembly Line In Mexico This Week
An emblem of the hippie era in America, the car was marketed in the U.S. as adorably uncool. Volkswagen sold the bug with cheeky slogans like "It's ugly, but it gets you there."
Posted: 2019-07-09 09:05:00
FBI Records Could Have Solved A Civil Rights Cold Case. Now It's Too Late
Alabama officials tell NPR that if the FBI had shared its case file, they would have investigated the James Reeb murder case while one of the assailants was still alive.
Posted: 2019-07-08 16:36:29
Amid 'Quiet Rehabilitation Of Stalin,' Some Russians Honor The Memory Of His Victims
A civic initiative is commemorating those who were murdered under the rule of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, whom many Russians now admire for defeating Nazi Germany and making his nation a superpower.
Posted: 2019-07-08 15:06:30
No Sin in Cincinnati: Robert Mapplethorpe's Legacy
A museum canceled a show by the legendary photographer. What can that decision teach us about the First Amendment?

Posted: 2019-07-15 05:00:01
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 15, 2019 is: nosegay • \NOHZ-gay\  • noun : a small bunch of flowers : posy Examples: ...
Posted: 2019-07-14 05:00:01
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 14, 2019 is: embezzle • \im-BEZZ-ul\  • verb : to appropriate (something, such as property entrusted...
Posted: 2019-07-13 05:00:01
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 13, 2019 is: torrid • \TOR-id\  • adjective 1 a : parched with heat especially of the sun : hot b...
Posted: 2019-07-12 05:00:01
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 12, 2019 is: dearth • \DERTH\  • noun 1 : scarcity that makes dear; specifically : famine 2 : an inadequate...
Posted: 2019-07-11 05:00:01
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 11, 2019 is: ostentatious • \ah-stun-TAY-shus\  • adjective : attracting or seeking to attract attention,...
Posted: 2019-07-10 05:00:01
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 10, 2019 is: lionize • \LYE-uh-nyze\  • verb : to treat as an object of great interest or importance ...
Posted: 2019-07-09 05:00:01
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 9, 2019 is: flair • \FLAIR\  • noun 1 : a skill or instinctive ability to appreciate or make good use...
Posted: 2019-07-08 05:00:01
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 8, 2019 is: metathesis • \muh-TATH-uh-sis\  • noun : a change of place or condition: such as a : transposition...
Posted: 2019-07-07 05:00:01
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 7, 2019 is: churlish • \CHUR-lish\  • adjective 1 : of, resembling, or characteristic of a churl :...
Posted: 2019-07-06 05:00:01
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 6, 2019 is: planet • \PLAN-ut\  • noun 1 a (1) : any of the large bodies that revolve around the sun...