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Yul Kwon, From Bullying Target To Reality TV Star

Korean-American Yul Kwon went from being bullied in school, to being named one of People magazine's 'Sexiest Men Alive.' The Yale-educated lawyer catapulted to stardom when he won the reality TV show Survivor. He talks with host Michel Martin about his efforts to change the game for Asians and how they're reflected in media.
For her installation titled Condemned, Lorena Gutierrez used sheets of holographic vinyl and a custom-built cage with neon-light bars.

Art In A Neon Cage: Welcome To The Havana Biennial

Every other year, Cuba's artists get a chance to show their wares to the world. The historic hulk of Havana's La Cabana fortress makes for an art gallery like no other — and provides a home for one of the most important art events in Latin America.

The World-Class Jazz Club Run By Volunteers

At the Vortex in London, which recently hosted the Vijay Iyer Trio, no staff are paid.

'Kickstart Shakespeare': Of Sonnets, Beer, And Online Fundraising

One New York theater organization is raising money to bring Shakespearean sonnets straight to you.

'The Dictator' Rules With A Satirist's Fist

In his new film, Sacha Baron Cohen plays the authoritarian ruler of a fictional African nation.

ABC's Fall Schedule: Reba McEntire, Country Music, And Satan The Landlord

ABC's schedule features some old favorites, an old comedy structure, and two country-themed shows.

Breasts: Bigger And More Vulnerable To Toxins

Science writer Florence Williams' new book examines how breasts are changing.

A Fleeting Memory Of Carlos Fuentes

The Mexican writer's passing this week spurred a particular recollection from NPR's Linton Weeks.

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Vermont Beer Makers Bring Back Old-Time Maple Sap Brews

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Fox Rolls Out Its New Fall Shows, Including One From Mindy Kaling

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Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway

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