Mia Estrada

Mia Estrada is a 2021-2022 Kroc Fellow. She will spend the year rotating through different parts of NPR, including the Culture Desk, National Desk and Weekend Edition.

Estrada was born in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. She is a graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. In 2021, she was selected for The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, where she reported on racial justice under the guidance of Times journalists. She was an arts and culture contractor and former intern at KERA, the Dallas-area NPR and PBS Member station. While there, her work was featured statewide on Texas Standard and the regional NPR Consider This podcast. She was named the 2017 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Two-Year Reporter of the Year and was the first high school student to win the award.

She is a proud member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In her free time, she loves to watch Tiny Desk, bike ride and play video games with her brothers.

This week, NPR Music shared their picks for the best music of the year, ELLE banned fur from its pages and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia returned for its 15th season. It's the longest running live action sitcom on TV.

(Heads up: This story contains spoilers about the movie House of Gucci.)

In House of Gucci, Lady Gaga's character, Patrizia Reggiani, is famous for two reasons. She was married to Maurizio Gucci, grandson of the company's founder Guccio Gucci — and she was convicted having the fashion heir killed in 1995.

To prepare for the role, Gaga said she spent months studying Reggiani for director Ridley Scott's new film.

Dave Draper, the sinewy former Mr. Universe known as "the Blond Bomber," who inspired a generation of bodybuilders including Arnold Schwarzenegger, has died. He was 79.

His wife Laree Draper wrote on Facebook that he died on Tuesday, without giving a cause of death.

Author Jodi Picoult says she couldn't wrap her head around how she might tell the story of the pandemic — to both memorialize it and make sense of it.

In what has become an annual tradition, NPR's staff and regular book critics bring you a mighty year-end guide of Books We Love. In 2021, you can find more than 360 recommendations ranging from cookbooks to realistic fiction and from graphic novels to tell-all tales.

Here are a handful of some of the most interesting staff picks — you may even find some choices that surprise you! — like The Secret History of Home Economics and Fat Chance, Charlie Vega.

At 85-years-old, the Nobel-Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America's most significant writers.

The Peruvian, who rose to international prominence in the 1960s, has a new book out called Harsh Times. And, like most of his work, it examines the dangers of power and corruption in Latin America.

This week, Baby Yoda flew above the streets of New York at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Ridley Scott's House of Gucci made its debut and the Grammy nominations were announced. Here's what NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and what you should check out this weekend.

This week, a 1949 self-portrait by Frida Kahlo shattered an auction record, Eddie Vedder released a new single called "The Haves," and the cast and crew of Harry Potter announced a 20-year anniversary reunion. Oh, and Adele released a new album.

Here's what NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and what you should check out this weekend.

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A 1949 self-portrait by Frida Kahlo broke records this week when it sold for $34.9 million. That is the most money ever paid at auction for a work by a Latin American artist. NPR's Mia Estrada has more.

Heads up: This story contains spoilers about the new season of Gentefied.

Casimiro 'Pop' Morales is live on the national news.

"I am tired of sharing all the good things I have done in this country, to make you feel bad for me? ¿Pa' qué? To convince you? That I am ... a person?"

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