My grandmother's song would make her wooden dolls dance without strings, something I have sought to do in my own relationships without much success. Perhaps my song is not strong enough, or perhaps I would be better off with stiffer relationships than the blood and bone-based lovers I've chosen... or that have chosen me.
For the past five weeks we've been reading the jokes embedded in nearly 4,000 original stories that were submitted to this round of our short-story contest, Three-Minute Fiction, here on Weekends on All Things Considered.
The challenge for Round 6 of the contest was to have one character tell a joke and one character cry. That challenge came from our judge for this round, novelist and short-story writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
A 62-year-old soul singer, Charles Bradley has a story you can hear in his voice. But for most of his life, he wasn't a singer.
Born in 1948, Bradley spent most of his childhood in Brooklyn. One day, his sister invited him to come to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where she was going to see James Brown. At the time, Bradley didn't know who Brown was, but his sister offered to pay his way.
The elusive artist Banksy became well known for creating street art around the world as documented in his film, Exit Through the Gift Shop. It's one of five films nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category for Sunday's Academy Awards.
Data from the 2010 Census released this week, showed some big changes in Colorado. It’s one of the topics our media partners at Colorado Public Television and Colorado Inside Out are discussing. Here’s host Patricia Calhoun.