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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx may be best known for her works of fiction, titles like The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain.
#NowPlaying: Quevedo & BZRP, 'Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52'
In BZRP's 52nd Music Session, The Club is alive and still swelling with possibility — one beat drop after another.
How a Peruvian political scandal became the viral global hit 'Mi Bebito Fiu Fiu'
A musical sensation and a meme, the viral track "Mi Bebito Fiu Fiu" has a surprising origin story based on a Peruvian political scandal.
The best games of 2022 so far, picked by the NPR staff
It didn't take long for 2022 to deliver on a deep roster of long-awaited games, from blockbusters like Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West, to breakout indies like Tunic and Norco. We asked NPR staff and contributors for their favorites so far. The resulting list represents a broad swath of …
She was already battling cancer. Then she had to fight the bill collectors
A new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that among Americans who go into debt because of their cancer or a family members', about 1 in 4 declare bankruptcy or lose their home to eviction or foreclosure. Seth Tupper of South Dakota Public Broadcasting has this report about a …
From the archives: flamenco, rock and songs of rebellion from Spain
Alt.Latino intern Vita Dadoo revisits podcast episodes to feature three conversations about music from Spain and explores the musical traditions that inspired these artists as well as the impact they made in the Spanish-speaking world.
#NowPlaying: Alex G, 'Runner'
Among piano chords, murmurs and a single wail, Alex G gives us an unlikely summer anthem that reveals the seedy underbelly of the idyllic season.
From the archives: the many faces of 'Regional Mexican'
Alt.Latino intern Vita Dadoo parses through the podcast archive to feature two conversations on the musical styles referred to as "Regional Mexican," its history, and its rising popularity among audiences in the U.S., Mexico and beyond.
'The Quarry' Review: Summer 2022's Best Horror Game
If you're looking for a summer scare — look no further than The Quarry, a glossy new video game that offers scares as satisfying as any horror movie. It's billed as a spiritual successor to Supermassive Games' 2015 hit, Until Dawn. That game won over audiences with captivating monster lore, …
South Dakota residents reflect on one of the nation's deadliest floods
Last year, I went for a run while visiting Rapid City, S.D. I ran this path along Rapid Creek in the middle of town. The riverside path led through green parkland, which, according to a sign, used to be neighborhoods until a flood destroyed them 50 years ago. Seth Tupper …
Xbox promotes Asian characters and creators amid calls for greater diversity in games
Asian characters have a long history in video games, thanks to Japanese giants like Nintendo and Sony. Now, US-based Microsoft is taking pains to acquire, promote, and create more games with Asian characters — as the industry responds to increased calls for diverse representation.
Songs of Remembrance
In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Two years later, more than a million people have died in the United States from the disease. To put a face on this number and pay respect to the departed, NPR asked our audience to share songs that reminded …
The ripple effects of Russia's war in Ukraine are changing the world
Zoom in on some of the ways the world has changed since Russia invaded Ukraine.
7 persistent myths about abortion, debunked
Lingering claims circulate about abortion. We fact-check them.
'Shadow Warrior' tries to mend its flawed history with race by recasting its hero
Shadow Warrior 3 is the latest in a series of blood-soaked action games following assassin Lo Wang. It's got plenty of gunplay, sword fights, and fantastical monsters, but for the first time in its 25-year history, it now features an Asian actor to voice its Asian protagonist. For years, Lo …
With 'Legends: Arceus,' Pokémon becomes a more immersive game
The same old Pokémon formula — battling eight gyms, four elite trainers, and one champion at the very end — has been getting a bit tiring in recent years. That's why Pokémon Legends: Arceus on Nintendo Switch looked exciting. An open-world-styled Pokémon game? Sign me up! On paper, the trailers …
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The best games of 2021 chosen by NPR
Our poll of NPR staff and contributors produced dozens upon dozens of favorite games — but twenty received more nominations than the others. Each of those — the comfy, the competitive, the scary, and the strange — are highlighted below. We've also tagged games that are appropriate for kids, and …
'Halo Infinite' wows on both single and multiplayer — but needs more legacy features
It's been a while since Halo had its time in the spotlight. After taking the reins from the original developer Bungie, 343 Industries is now in charge of the Halo series. In 2012, Halo 4 was lauded for its campaign, while criticized for some of its multiplayer components (such as …
'Squid Game' is the latest example of when subtitles are a little off
Netflix's Squid Game is a huge hit, but some say its subtitles are inaccurate. Podcast host Youngmi Mayer and translation professor Denise Kripper explain why things got lost in translation.
Coastal tribes in Oregon hope to bring sea otters back to their community
The lives of sea otters — the tool-using marine mammals — were once intertwined with those of the coastal tribes in Oregon. But when fur traders discovered the value of the warm, waterproof pelts, a global trade led to the near extinction of the animals. Now, local Native Americans are …
The fragile sense of hope in Chelsea Cutler's new album
NPR's Scott Simon talks to singer Chelsea Cutler about her new album, "When I Close My Eyes."
Qian Julie Wang Details A Life In 'Hei' In Memoir 'Beautiful Country'
Scott Simon speaks with author Qian Julie Wang about her new memoir, "Beautiful Country," which details her life growing up as an immigrant in New York City.
Join NPR Music's Listening Party for Snail Mail's 'Valentine'
Join us in an online listening party for Snail Mail's new album Valentine. Paige Pfleger — music, arts and culture reporter for WPLN News — will be joined by Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan and the singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco in a live conversation about the album. The event will take place …
She Joined The School Board To Serve Her Community. Now She's In The Crossfire
In the small southern Indiana city of New Albany, school board meetings are normally nothing special. The elected board members discuss, vote on budgets and other plans before the meeting is quietly wrapped up. But nothing prepared Elaine Murphy, the president of the school board of the New Albany-Floyd County …
These Female Afghan Politicians Are Risking Everything For Their Homeland
Many Afghan political leaders, including former president Ashraf Ghani, fled the country, but several female politicians stayed to resist the Taliban on the ground.
Hundreds Are Dead After A Massive Earthquake Hits Haiti
A massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said, raising fears of destruction similar to the devastating 2010 quake that shattered the country.
American Muslims Are 2 Times More Likely To Have Attempted Suicide Than Other Groups
For an entire year that involved emergency room visits, legal proceedings, involuntary unemployment and the death of loved ones, Mehran Nazir struggled with a depressive episode. He would find his mind flooded with self-destructive thoughts. He'd faintly hope his plane from Newark to San Francisco would crash or that he …
New Zealand Apologizes For 1970s Immigration Raids That Targeted Pacific Islanders
Beginning in 1974, New Zealand police armed with dogs woke up Pacific Islanders who allegedly overstayed their visas at dawn, pushed them into police vans for questioning, then often deported them and placed their children in state care homes. The early morning operation became known as the "Dawn Raids."