Before James Earl Jones — the legendary actor, iconic voice of Darth Vader, and first celebrity to appear on Sesame Street — was a star, he had a stuttering problem.

Learn about the highs and lows of his six-decade-long career.

One art program in Chicago is partnering with public schools to identify kids who might be on the wrong track, and offer them access to the arts in the hopes that it will help them transcend tough streets. 
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One art program in Chicago is partnering with public schools to identify kids who might be on the wrong track, and offer them access to the arts in the hopes that it will help them transcend tough streets. 

Learn more.

Before Bryan Cranston won his Tony for “All the Way” and before he morphed into Walter White for “Breaking Bad,” Cranston starred in a Preparation H commercial.
Real story.
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Before Bryan Cranston won his Tony for “All the Way” and before he morphed into Walter White for “Breaking Bad,” Cranston starred in a Preparation H commercial.

Real story.

Learn more.

Bryan Cranston finally realized what America wants. That’s to see him, “prancing around” in his underwear.

The “Breaking Bad”-turned Broadway star of the Tony-nominated play “All the Way” answered some questions from viewers like you.

Walter White made a cameo.

Think you could boil
history down to one tweet,
one single haiku?

One historian is doing just that.

"It feels like too much of my life is spent just waiting.”What does hunger look like in America? Fifteen women share their stories in the “Hunger Through My Lens” project.

"It feels like too much of my life is spent just waiting.”

What does hunger look like in America? Fifteen women share their stories in the “Hunger Through My Lens” project.

"Someone is dying aline in the night.

The hospital hums like a consciousness.”

When poetry meets medicine.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins’ hilarious “Cheerios”

"One bright morning in a restaurant in Chicago
as I waited for my eggs and toast,
I opened the Tribune only to discover
that I was the same age as Cheerios.

Indeed, I was a few months older than Cheerios
for today, the newspaper announced,
was the seventieth birthday of Cheerios
whereas mine had occurred earlier in the year.

Already I could hear them whispering
behind my stooped and threadbare back,
Why that dude’s older than Cheerios
the way they used to say

Why, that’s as old as the hills,
only the hills are much older than Cheerios
or any American breakfast cereal,
and more noble and enduring are the hills,

I surmised as a bar of sunlight illuminated my orange juice.”

Read more of Billy Collins works here.

Where does poetry live in your world? That’s what InsideOut is asking students at 27 Detroit public schools. Tonight on NewsHour, Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and NewsHour’s chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown explore the literary program and find out how poetry is helping students find their voice. Tune in!
Where does poetry live in your world? That’s what InsideOut is asking students at 27 Detroit public schools.

Tonight on NewsHour, Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and NewsHour’s chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown explore the literary program and find out how poetry is helping students find their voice. Tune in!

Andy Warhol had Campbell Soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. Graffiti artist Alec Monopoly has Rich “Uncle” Pennybags and Madonna.

The street artist’s first solo show, “Park Place,” opened at the LAB ART Gallery in Los Angeles earlier this month. Learn more and see more photos of his work  here.