NPR's podcast of the week's best arts stories has arrived, with a lovely lineup including a gender-bending new album of operatic arias, the story of a designer intent upon making the mighty grand piano even grander, and a chat with Haitian musician Jowee Omicil about his favorite tunes,
Samuel E. Abrams is a visiting scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, and he is writing a book on school reform.
Edward Walker, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, talks with Steve Inskeep about the violent clashes in Egypt and the challenge to President Hosni Mubarak's authority.
Jon Stewart has been appointed to the board of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which cited his advocacy for 9/11 workers.
Nancy Goldstein's work has appeared in venues including the Guardian, NPR, Politico, Salon, Slate, the American Prospect, and the Washington Post.