NPR: Jacki Lyden http://weku.fm en The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met http://weku.fm/post/art-lost-american-couturier-display-met Thursday in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art officially reopens its fashion galleries after a $40 million, two-year renovation.<p>Named for <em>Vogue</em> magazine's editor, the Anna Wintour Costume Center features an inaugural exhibit of the work of Charles James, a flamboyant designer considered America's first couturier. Thu, 08 May 2014 11:58:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 59303 at http://weku.fm The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met Violence Abroad Threatens Students, As Do Guns At U.S. Schools http://weku.fm/post/violence-abroad-threatens-students-do-guns-us-schools Last year, there were more than two-dozen shootings on or near college campuses in the United States. This past Tuesday, that number went up, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=265259128">the fatal shooting of a student at Purdue University</a>. Then Friday, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/25/266014201/suspect-arrested-charged-in-fatal-campus-shooting">a fatal shooting at South Carolina State University</a>. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:06:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 54760 at http://weku.fm Violence Abroad Threatens Students, As Do Guns At U.S. Schools Around The River Bend, A Flood Of History http://weku.fm/post/around-river-bend-flood-history The Bark River is my backyard, childhood river. And yet, in a lifetime of travel, I'd never explored it.<p>I knew it carved the land from the Ice Age to settlement times, from the Black Hawk War of 1832 (in which young Abraham Lincoln appears) to the era of grist mills. But the Bark also flows past impressive Indian mounds. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:18:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 34963 at http://weku.fm Around The River Bend, A Flood Of History Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter http://weku.fm/post/meet-al-black-floridas-prison-painter In the 1960s, Al Black could be found cruising up and down Route 1 in his blue-and-white Ford Galaxy — with a trunk full of wet landscape paintings.<p>At the time, he was a salesman who could snatch your breath away and sell it back to you. As artist Mary Ann Carroll puts it, he could "sell a jacket to a mosquito in summer."<p>"A salesman is a con-man," Black readily admits himself today. He's a storyteller. And does he have stories to tell.<p>Black was born on a plantation in Mississippi. One day, he says, a crew boss came by, needing more hands to pick crops. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 07:15:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 29101 at http://weku.fm Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter The Highwaymen: Segregation And Speed-Painting In The Sunshine State http://weku.fm/post/highwaymen-segregation-and-speed-painting-sunshine-state In the 1960s and '70s, if you were in a doctor's office, or a funeral home, or a motel in Florida, chances are a landscape painting hung on the wall. Palms arching over the water, or moonlight on an inlet. Wed, 04 Jul 2012 16:24:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 29095 at http://weku.fm The Highwaymen: Segregation And Speed-Painting In The Sunshine State Chanticleer: A Botanical Distraction From Daily Life http://weku.fm/post/chanticleer-botanical-distraction-daily-life Ever wanted to just disappear into a secret garden of earthly delights, of twists and turns of evocative ruin, exuberant tropics, the Zen of a Japanese teahouse?<p>Consider Chanticleer, in Wayne, Pa. It's part of the old Main Line ring of estates around Philadelphia. In fact, right across the street from the garden is the former home of Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, the heiress portrayed by Katherine Hepburn in <em>Philadelphia Story</em>.<p>Chanticleer is, quite simply, one of the most delightful gardens in the world. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:03:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 28189 at http://weku.fm Chanticleer: A Botanical Distraction From Daily Life Athena's Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence http://weku.fm/post/athenas-library-quirky-pillar-providence With a bit of reverence, librarians carefully wind an antique library clock near the circulation desk in a temple of learning called the Providence Athenaeum.<p>This is one of the oldest libraries in the United States, a 19th-century library with the soul of a 21st-century rave party. In fact, the Rhode Island institution has been called a national model for civic engagement.<p>A bust of the Greek goddess Athena surveys her realm from the open mezzanine above the main floor. Shafts of light fall gracefully through an atrium. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 11:10:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 22092 at http://weku.fm Athena's Library, The Quirky Pillar Of Providence Iraqi Refugees Struggle For Peace In America http://weku.fm/post/iraqi-refugees-struggle-peace-america The Iraq War may be officially over, but for thousands of Iraqis who fled to America during the conflict, there's no going home. Many left successful careers to settle in Detroit, where finding their future is a challenge.<p>The U.N. estimates several million Iraqis are now refugees — either inside Iraq or outside the country. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:16:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 18919 at http://weku.fm Iraqi Refugees Struggle For Peace In America The Simple Joys Of An Old-Fashioned Datebook http://weku.fm/post/simple-joys-old-fashioned-datebook What if you could hold on to time in your hands? You can, you know. You can crack open, on this New Year's Eve, the unsullied, unhurried, un-trammeled pages of an old-fashioned datebook — the kind that still arranges seven days into a week; the kind you write in with a pen and which never, ever, beeps at you to remind you of a meeting or errand.<p>I have two friends, who have been making date books, by hand, for 30 years. Their small company Purgatory Pie Press, in lower Manhattan. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 22:47:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 18909 at http://weku.fm Daphne Guinness: An Icon On Fashion's Cutting Edge http://weku.fm/post/daphne-guinness-icon-fashions-cutting-edge A good friend of mine is a Marcel Proust scholar and former milliner. She had just been to see fashion icon and brewery fortune heiress <a href="http://www.fitnyc.edu/10861.asp">Daphne Guinness's exhibition</a> at the Fashion Institute of Technology's Museum at FIT in New York when she sent me this email:<p><blockquote><p>"Woke up thinking about Proust &amp; DG again, realizing that Proust writes from the intersection of modernity and memory, and that is the same spot at which Daphne Guinness gets dressed each day. Sun, 13 Nov 2011 21:31:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 16157 at http://weku.fm Daphne Guinness: An Icon On Fashion's Cutting Edge Archaeologists Unscramble Ancient Graffiti In Israel http://weku.fm/post/archaeologists-unscramble-ancient-graffiti-israel Aramaic is the lingua franca of the ancient Middle East, the linguistic root of modern day Hebrew and Arabic.<p>"Once you understand Aramaic," says Karen Stern, "you can read anything. You can read Hebrew, you can read Phoenician. I always call it the little black dress of Semitic languages."<p>Stern, 35, is an archaeologist and an assistant professor in the history department at Brooklyn College. Her passion is the tomb graffiti of the ancient Jews in what was then Roman Palestine. Graffiti has been "published, but sort of disregarded," she says. Sat, 18 Jun 2011 23:39:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 6848 at http://weku.fm Archaeologists Unscramble Ancient Graffiti In Israel A Spirited Celebration Of America's 'Cocktail Culture' http://weku.fm/post/spirited-celebration-americas-cocktail-culture As you enter <em>Cocktail Culture</em>, an intoxicating exhibit of apparel, accoutrement and ephemera at the Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art, it's hard not to think of Billy Strayhorn's lyrics in his jazz standard "Lush Life":<p><blockquote><p>I used to visit all those very gay places<br />those come-what-may places<br />where one relaxes on the axis of wheel of life<br />to get the feel of life Sun, 12 Jun 2011 00:01:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 6204 at http://weku.fm A Spirited Celebration Of America's 'Cocktail Culture' A Business That Helps Prostitutes Bloom In Recovery http://weku.fm/post/business-helps-prostitutes-bloom-recovery <em>Last in a three-part <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/135746975/up-from-prostitution" target="_blank">series</a>.</em><p>For prostitutes looking to get drug free and off the streets, the Magdalene program in Nashville, Tenn., provides a model for healing. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 04:01:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 2315 at http://weku.fm A Business That Helps Prostitutes Bloom In Recovery Relapse And Recovery: A Tale Of Two Prostitutes http://weku.fm/post/relapse-and-recovery-tale-two-prostitutes <em>Second in a three-part series.</em><p>One hundred and fifty former prostitutes have been through the Magdalene recovery program in Nashville, Tenn. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:01:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 2226 at http://weku.fm Relapse And Recovery: A Tale Of Two Prostitutes For Prostitutes, An Alternative To The Streets http://weku.fm/post/prostitutes-alternative-streets <em>First in a three-part series</em><p>Nashville, Tenn., is hardly a mecca for prostitution. But it thrives there just as in any other major American city.<p>It's also trying to break the cycle of prostitution, and often that begins with an arrest.<em></em><p>One afternoon in February when the vice squad went out on an undercover detail looking for prostitutes, it almost immediately found Brittany Messina.<em> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:47:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 2201 at http://weku.fm For Prostitutes, An Alternative To The Streets The Toll Of Covering Conflict http://weku.fm/post/toll-covering-conflict Joao Silva. Lynsey Addario. Tyler Hicks. Tim Hetherington. Chris Hondros: the names of photojournalists grievously wounded, kidnapped or killed in the line of duty since October 2010. The names and casualties of journalists harmed during conflicts seem to be mounting, leaving many of us who knew them or who have worked with them or - even those a few steps more removed - feeling a bit more vulnerable.<p>Nearly all journalists in conflict areas, or areas of disaster, take risks. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:22:00 +0000 NPR: Jacki Lyden 1931 at http://weku.fm The Toll Of Covering Conflict