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Surströmming Revisited: Eating Sweden's Famously Stinky Fish

Sweden has the distinction of producing surströmming, one of the foulest-smelling foods in the world. More than a decade ago, NPR's Ari Shapiro tried eating it and failed. It's time for a rematch.

By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.

Rod McKuen, Mega-Selling Poet And Performer, Dies At 81

McKuen was an astonishingly successful and prolific force in popular culture, turning out hundreds of songs, poems and records.

Fans Without Tickets Share Super Bowl Camaraderie

In Phoenix, the NFL is not just putting on a game and a halftime show for the masses, it’s also putting on a community experience.

Is Hosting The Super Bowl Worth It?

The mayor of Glendale, Arizona, says the city needs help shouldering the cost of hosting the NFL's most extravagant sporting event.

Beijing Mayor Calls Smog 'Unlivable'

A U.K. expat and marathoner who has lived in the Chinese capital for three years describes what it's like to run in the smoggy city.

Mitt Romney's Not Running, So Who's Got Ground Game In Iowa?

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have been moving quickly to firm up support in Iowa.

Miami Beach Marks 100th Anniversary With New Music

The New World Symphony will perform the world premiere of a piece by composer Michael Gordon and filmmaker Bill Morrison.

Amid National Racial Turmoil, New York Times Drops Its Race Beat

Race and ethnicity reporter Tanzina Vega has been reassigned to cover the Bronx courts. NPR's David Folkenflik weighs in.

Recipes: Boston Vs. Seattle Super Bowl Snacks

Maine chef Kathy Gunst and Seattle chef Jess Thompson share East and West Coast versions of chowder, seafood and the classic Super Bowl snack: wings.