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Frank Browning
Frank Browning is based in Paris, France, and reports for NPR. He provides news coverage of France and the European Union as well as cultural reporting and essays.

In 1983, Browning joined NPR's National Desk covering everything from Neo-Nazis in the Midwest to ancient apple forests in Kazakhstan, the dilemmas facing small tobacco farmers in Kentucky to the cultural contradictions facing African musicians in France. Browning, along with long-time NPR reporter Brenda Wilson, coordinated and reported a special 16-part series on AIDS in black America. The series, which aired in 1990 won a DuPont-Columbia award and a Major Armstrong award the following year. The next year he was honored with another Armstrong award for a five-part series on AIDS and sexuality in Brazil.

Throughout his career, Browning has worked in radio, television and print journalism. Stories and reporting have taken him all over the world including Brazil, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Sweden and Switzerland. Browning worked on three documentary projects for Italy's RAI 3 channel: "AIDS: The San Francisco Model" (1990), "War Comes to Twin Peaks: Perceptions of the Gulf War in the Pacific Northwest" (1991), and "American Politics After 9/11" (2002).

Before coming to NPR, Browning was an editor and writer for Ramparts, Inquiry andPacific News Service, all in San Francisco. He has worked as an independent journalist for publications including The Washington Post, National Geographic, Playboy, Health, California and Gourmet.

Browning earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Michigan. He was a Knight Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1985-86. Browning moved to France in 2001, and is the author of seven books including The American Way of Crime,The Culture of Desire and Apples: Story of the Fruit of Temptation.

Entries by Frank Browning

Silk, Steel, Rust, Memory

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 6:16 AM


Latoya Ruby Frazier grew up in the sooted ruins of Braddock, Pennsylvania, home Andrew Carnegie's first steel plant just outside Pittsburgh. Daughter of one of the workers whose life had disappeared in the ruins of America's steel industry, she brings us into the...

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Maps To Time, Water & War

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 1:23 PM

Etniopian Bamboo Water Collector
Warka Water, Ethiopia, Architecture and Vision © Architecture & Vision

To reside. To inhabit. For most people the two words are synonyms. Not so, argues geographer Michel Lussault. The two terms have really nothing to do...

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The End Of Men: Gender And Geriatrics

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 3:08 PM

Two women face each other at a small table at the back of a café in Berkeley, California. A hot autumn sun pulses through the glass. One of the women, sturdy in a chambray shirt and large glasses, shakes her head with a false smile: "Then I just lost it."

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No Trump. You Are The Engine of Homo Hatred

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 3:18 AM

It is men like you and your Bible-thumbing "Christian" backers who spread murder, hatred and chaos across a divided America. Were there real justice, YOU would be charged as an accessory to murder--as would others of your ilk to helped spawn these murders over the last 40 years.

--Several men...

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The Place of Trump's Penis in History

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 1:44 PM

Credit: Huffington Post images

As we all know, the plastic bouffant presidential candidate has made it beyond clear that he is really running on a single plank: Make America Male Again. To do that, he has assured us on regular occasion, requires...

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Mr. Trump: Make America Male--Again

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 1:48 PM

Rape is in the news on every continent: Korea, India, Nigeria, Brazil, and in the daily Twitter-talk but not least in the rhetorical whirlwind spinning around candidate Donald Trump. Mr. Trump rails against hordes of dark little men pouring across the Rio Grande to rape white women--even as one of...

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Leonardo Said, "Look Skyward" -- But Not on Vueling

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 10:53 AM

"Once you have tasted flight," the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed, "you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward." Among the most illustrious and graceful flying experiences were TWA's famous Flight One that linked New York to LA, and eventually inspired Eero Saarinen's majestic terminal at...

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Chateau Gardens for a Desperate Century

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 6:23 PM

Among the top five tourist clichés in France are the grand ice cream cone royal chateaux of the Loire Valley, surely among the elegant vacation homes and sculpted gardens ever created. Among them none excels Chateau Chaumont hardly a half hour upstream...

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Cristina Iglesias: Water, Windows, Walls

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 5:20 AM


Cristina Iglesias has been diving in sundry seas, notably the Gulf of California, for coming on four decades, and it's there in the water that she says that she has discovered much of the essential architecture of her work: stone, steel and woven...

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GENDER BACKLINE: 007, One Score, One Bullet, Six Triggers

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 9:56 AM


Fifty years have passed since Sean Connery, the original James Bond set aside his gilded pistol to examine the insides and outsides of a seemingly unlimited array of seductive, tawny, large breasted double agents.

"Bond . . . James," Connery and his...

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Gender Frontlines: Remembrance of Vulvas Passed By

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 9:45 AM


No single artist played a greater role in the era of the Sexual Revolution than a young woman born in Chicago with the name Judy Cohen who renamed herself Judy Chicago. And nothing scandalized the respectable art establishment so profoundly as...

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GENDER FRONTLINES: French Bacchanale in Bordeaux

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 12:16 PM

--William Bouguereau,The Bacchante

For reasons no one seems able to explain, France of late has been deluged with graphic images of the bacchanal. In case you've forgotten the bacchanal is not merely a wild sex frolic in the woods. It was the mythic...

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Made In Algeria: A Colonial Laboratory

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 6:57 AM


Once again, leave the glory of the French capital and head to Marseille if you want a fresh insight not only on how France became France but still more on the role art, science, graphics and design together helped develop the Arab rage...

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Memories in the Sands of Libya

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 8:57 AM


Everywhere memory is in danger--in our heads, in our disappearing bookstores, in the Twittering reduction of communication to chatter, and as the black market in physical markers of memory scales unparalleled heights enriching the world's richest collectors to the benefit of revolutionary terror....

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Flying Carpets/Savage Knives in Bordeaux

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2015 | 4:20 AM


For those who hold out hope of finding a magic carpet spun of gossamer gold, look no further: it hangs from the beams of a grand light-flooded port warehouse, Bordeaux's Museum of Contemporary Art.

Catch a tram ten...

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Female Bodies 3: Forest Sex, Men in Silk & Pastoral Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 8:55 AM

Antoine Watteau, Pilgrimage to Cythere island, 1717, oil on canvas, Paris, musée du Louvre
© Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-GP / Angèle Dequier

Much of France has just been won in the first round of regional elections by the...

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Female Bodies 2: Georgia O'Keeffe & the Mystery of Sense

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Georgia O'Keeffe, Gray, Blue and Black--Rose Circle, 1929

How is it possible that Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the pre-eminent American artists of the 20th century, not to mention one of the pre-eminent women artists of the era worldwide never had a singular...

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Female Bodies 1: Licentious Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 2:26 PM


Bodies are everywhere this fall in France--particularly women's bodies. Suffering and Delight of 19th Century prostitution at the impressionist Musée d'Orsay. Licentious landscapes at the Luxembourg Museum. Mme Pompadour aristocratic kisses and embraces at the Louvre Lens. The first major show of Georgia...

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Masks and Men's Bones

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 4:47 PM


Time was in my backwoods Kentucky youth, you couldn't get elected president of the Student Council if you hadn't mastered sophomore biology and a basic understanding of human evolution. Certainly you couldn't then have won admission to medical school whereas today hardly any...

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CONGO ART! in Paris

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 2:49 PM

--Chéri Chérin, The New Masters of the World, 2008.

For a white boy just heading toward high school in the upper south, the names were weird and musical, the acts ghastly, the place--Congo--all but beyond imagining.

Loo-moom-bah (Patrice Lumumba--tortured...

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