• hunger
    February 18, 2014  

    What does hunger look like in America? In Colorado, a diverse group of women who receive food assistance benefits are chronicling their personal experiences through photography. The NewsHour’s Mary Jo Brooks takes a closer look at their work, which has been exhibited at coffee shops, libraries and the state capitol. Continue reading

  • Photo by Andrea Fuller
    February 18, 2014   BY Mary Jo Brooks 

    “Hunger Through My Lens” gives digital cameras to food stamp recipients and asks them to chronicle what it’s like to be hungry in America. So far, 15 women –who come from all walks of life– have participated. Over the months, they’ve formed a “sisterhood” of sorts, supporting and encouraging one another. One woman is a former paralegal who suffers from autism. One is a family practice physician. A third woman is HIV-positive and has struggled with chronic homelessness. A fourth just got off government assistance and is now an executive director of a local non-profit organization. Continue reading

  • "Beauty Mark" by Suzanne Cleary
    February 17, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Suzanne Cleary loves the sound of Italian. When she picked up a copy of “Italian Made Simple,” she was determined to teach herself the language before a trip to Italy. Instead Clearly came away fascinated by the characters in the book and wrote a poem that tells the story of Mario and Marina. Continue reading

  • What politics are hidden in your Pandora playlist. Photo by Shanna Whan/Getty Images
    February 14, 2014   BY Ruth Tam 

    If you happen to be single on Valentine’s Day and in need of a personalized mix tape with no strings attached, Pandora is here for you. Next week, though, there might be a couple of obligations. The 14-year-old online radio … Continue reading

  • February 13, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    With yet another winter storm pressing down on a large swath of the east coast this week, we thought it would be useful to share Kate DiCamillo’s favorite children’s books. Now these books are perfect any old day, but they’re especially perfect on a day when the weather outside isn’t cooperating, so enjoy. DiCamillo is an award-winning children’s book author and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Continue reading

  • Photo by Alan Light
    February 12, 2014   BY Ellen Rolfes 

    Before there was Saturday Night Live, there was “Your Show of Shows,” and Sid Caesar was its featured star. With writers such as Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Carl Reiner, Caesar had the best material to entertain American television audiences every Saturday evening. Continue reading

  • Rorimer
    February 11, 2014  

    During World War II, the Nazis systematically looted art works from all over Europe, while combat and aerial bombing unintentionally destroyed major landmarks. The story of the quest to protect, rescue and restore Europe’s cultural treasures is told in a new movie, “The Monuments Men.” Robert Edsel, author of the book that inspired the new film, joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation. Continue reading

  • Tod Machover, creator of "Death and the Powers"
    February 10, 2014   BY Anne Davenport 

    “Death and the Powers” has been called the future of the opera. Composed by Tod Machover and developed at the MIT Media Lab, this science fiction opera fills the stage with robots alongside actors and combines computers with the sounds of the orchestra. But, as a simulcast, it’s also exploring the world of audience interaction through technology. Continue reading

  • opera2
    February 10, 2014  

    Composer, computer scientist and futurist Tod Machover has joined the power of technology with one of the great classical art forms. In “Death and the Powers,” opera robots take the stage to sing about the search for immortality and how our humanity is transformed by tech. Jeffrey Brown reports on the preparations taking place at the MIT Media Lab for an upcoming interactive performance. Continue reading

  • Photo by Vicky Lantz
    February 10, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    If you pick up Nick Lantz’s new poetry collection, “How to Dance as the Roof Caves in,” you’ll recognize the “self-help” theme running through the titles. To name a few: “How to Travel Alone,” “How to Forgive a Promise Breaker,” “How to Dance When You Do Not Know How to Dance” and even “How to Appreciate Inorganic Matter.” When he first started composing poems for this book, he found a website with a bunch of “how-to” articles. Always on the lookout for a new project, Lantz was inspired. Continue reading