Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:07 pm
That lovable moppet with the red dress, the curly hair, the big dog, and the even bigger voice is back.
This time, though, Little Orphan Annie is back with a difference: Quvenzhane Wallis is playing an African-American orphan in an ethnically diverse, up-to-date world. And that got us thinking about other instances where producers have breathed fresh life into familiar shows by making them dance to a new beat.
A State and Federal partnership plans to spend three hundred thousand dollars in Alabamaβs Black Belt region to help generate jobs. The Delta Regional Authority will target Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe, and Washington counties where unemployment is typically high. Half of the grant will be spend on a system to help employers identify and train new workers. The other half is for a study on how to better train groups like young people and native Americans. The Delta Regional Authority was created by Congress to address unemployment.
Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:26 pm
More than 50 years after he came up with a story about Clifford the Big Red Dog, artist and author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he had been shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.
A native of Indiana, Bridwell was 86. He died Friday on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, where he had long lived with his wife, Norma.
Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 1:22 pm
Wherever people celebrate Christmas around the world, they feast. It may be as simple as a bowl of porridge, but food rituals to mark the day as separate and special from all other days are practically universal. So often eating the food associated with this holy day helps families pause for a moment to remember who they are, and where they came from.
Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 5:39 pm
Marvel Comics has provided some of Hollywood's biggest box-office characters ever: The Avengers, the X-Men, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Spider-Man, all starring in gargantuan special effects blockbusters.
And like every superhero, Marvel Comics has an origin story. It begins in New York City, in 1939.
Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 5:46 pm
Two years ago this day, a 23-year-old woman was brutally gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi. Three days later she died from her injuries. The incident pushed millions in the city and all over India to protest the widespread violence against women. The protests led to tougher laws and empowered women to stand up against sexual violence.
And one man was inspired to create a comic book superhero.
Ram Devineni, a New York-based filmmaker, gave life to Priya, a survivor of gang rape who seeks to stop violence against women.
Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 2:00 pm
Candles, latkes, action: It's "Hanukkah Lights," with stories of the season from NPR. Join hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz for original work from Andy Borowitz, Theodore Bikel, Anne Burt and Debra Ginsberg, plus a classic from the "Hanukkah Lights" vault by Erika Dreifus.
Whether you like your Hanukkah tales humorous or historical, magical or true-to-life, there's something for you in this brand-new collection of holiday stories.
Listen to the full hour-long special above, or hear individual "Hanukkah Lights" stories below.
Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:41 am
Performing live comedy is like "a series of little scientific experiments," says John Cleese. "When you do comedy in front of an audience, they are the ones who tell you whether it's funny or not," he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, and each subsequent night on stage is an experiment in making jokes land better than the night before.