Full story - February 06, 2009
Roland Kelts, an expert in Japanese pop culture, takes Kurt to Akihabara, a retail paradise for otaku -- obsessive fans of manga and other Japanese culture. But a recent tragedy casts a shadow over the fun and games.
Full story - December 17, 2010
Full story - August 22, 2008
Henry Alford is a writer who has never been to MacDowell. And he doesn't really want to. No, what Henry wants to do is run the place. We give him a chance to try out for the job. Produced by Owen Agnew.
Full story - September 24, 2010
Full story - October 17, 2008
On America's first highways, road signs were hand-painted on wood. When interstates became standardized, so did the typeface. But in all sorts of conditions it still looks fuzzy. Designer Don Meeker helped bring signage back into focus. Produced by Derek John.
Full story - July 30, 2010
Full story - May 02, 2008
Since the 1950s, Art Rosenbaum has traveled all over the U.S. recording endangered music -- from Appalachian banjo players to Mexican farm workers. Philip Graitcer went with Rosenbaum on a recent recording trip in northern Georgia.
Full story - May 28, 2010
Full story - February 29, 2008
When the Congolese civil war broke out in 1998, the novelist Emmanuel Dongala and his family fled Brazzaville. While he was hiding with 40 others in a house as rockets hissed by and exploded just a few meters away, books became Dongala's refuge. Produced by Michele Siegel.
Full story - November 20, 2009