At the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, instructors Tisha Johnson and Blair Taylor explain why car design has changed so little in the last 20 years. Kurt talks with students Ben Messmer and Lili Melikian about the prototypes they're working on. And Jim Heimann weighs in on the future of car design.
Marlon James's new novel The Book of Night Women is set on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the turn of the 19th century. It follows slave rebellion, but is also a coming-of-age story of Lilith, the enslaved daughter of the plantation's overseer. James talks to Kurt about the challenges of writing voices for nine different women.
How did the Barbie doll become such a powerful symbol and ubiquitous toy? For our ongoing series on American Icons, we look at how Barbie started, how she endured, and what her future may hold.
Steve Earle performs this song about leaving his adopted home of Nashville with no regrets.
Tesla's biggest innovation was introducing alternating current as the standard for modern electric power, breaking Thomas Edison's monopoly on DC power. Mike Daisey is an author and monologuist who performs a one-man show about Tesla, and he tells us how AC/DC isn't just a band.