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Arts Feb 1613-year-old founder of #1000blackgirlbooks shares some of her favorite reads
Marley Dias, a 13-year-old girl who has collected more than 11,000 books that showcase black female lead characters, can now add her own book to her list.
Nation Jan 305 important stories you may have missed
These days, it’s hard to stop news from Washington, D.C., from flooding your news feed. We take a moment every week to bring you important stories beyond the White House and the Capitol. Here’s what we’re reading now.
Arts Jan 26‘Grease’ is 40 this year. Here are 6 more pop musicals to watch
It’s been 40 years since Sandy told Danny that he “better shape up” in the 1978 movie “Grease,” based on the Tony award-winning Broadway show. Theater critic Ben Brantley recommends six musicals that followed in its wake.
Arts Jan 19‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ has been inspiring other movies for 50 years. Here are 6 to watch
Director Stanley Kubrick’s landmark space saga, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” turns 50 this year, remaining remarkably relevant and influential even 17 years after surpassing its titular year. Here are six movies Kubrick helped influence.
Arts Jan 17Jesmyn Ward on the moment in ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ that changes her character forever
Author Jesmyn Ward isolates a pivotal moment from her novel, and explains the writing choices she made.
Arts Jan 126 books to read with your kids that celebrate differences and diversity
Children’s books can offer vital visibility and representation, as well as teach us to see experiences beyond our own.
Arts Dec 22Is ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas movie? 5 great (but debatable) holiday films
What makes a holiday movie? We asked a pop-culture blogger for non-traditional holiday recommendations.
Poetry Dec 04His wife worked at Sandy Hook. Now this poet is helping start a conversation about gun violence
The shooting “changed our lives that day, and we became activists.” In a new collection, 54 poems address gun violence in America.
Arts Nov 22A short history of the audiobook, 20 years after the first portable digital audio device
Twenty years after the first audio player, PBS NewsHour looks at back at the history of audiobooks and where they’re headed next.
Poetry Nov 20In poet John Keats’ letters, a man full of life just before he died
Romantic poet John Keats is best known for his odes, epics and sonnets. But in his short lifetime he also wrote dozens of letters to siblings and friends, which are now surfacing together online for the first time, 200 years…