Also: new books by Anne Tyler and Kazuo Ishiguro, and a lost volume by the historian Will Durant.
NPR television correspondent Eric Deggans reports that David Letterman will announce his planned retirement from CBS on his show Thursday night. Letterman will leave the show and the network in 2015.
Meg Wolitzer says All Our Names, told in the alternating voices of two lovers, is a subtle masterpiece. It tackles huge themes — relationships, violence, identity, racism — but never overreaches.
We traveled into the imaginary future to find out what it might be like to talk to the kinds of babies that some sports commentators argue don't need their fathers to have parental leave.
Huge crowds packed arenas to watch the world's best pedestrians walk in circles for six days at a time. And trainers encouraged the athletes to drink champagne — at the time considered a stimulant.
This week, HBO airs the season premieres of two returning series — Game of Thrones and Veep -- and launches a new series called Silicon Valley. Fresh Air's TV critic has seen them all.
Jerry Seinfeld joked that if you have bloodstains on your clothes, you have bigger problems than the laundry. But Jolie Kerr helps with all the stains in a new book, My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag.
June Ambrose is known for styling some of the biggest celebrities, from Jay Z to Mary J. Blige. She talks about getting her big break by creating the looks for Missy Elliot's "The Rain" music video.
For millions of people in the 1970s, the week was not complete without Soul Train. Writer Nelson George captures the legacy of the show and its creator in his new book The Hippest Trip in America.
We love to say hello to our final round contestants, but we have to say goodbye to those who can't think up famous salutations and valedictions from film and TV. Think quick before "You're fired!"
He's known for stand-up comedy, as well as a particular sleepwalking episode, but asked for a game on...Catholicism? Holy moly! We quiz him on the Bible and more in this VIP challenge.
Cannibalism is gross, but admittedly, ladyfinger cakes are delicious. Try not to get too hungry as you think up various foods, all of which have a human body part in their name.
Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" asks, "What rhymes with hug me?" He should've asked guest musician Julian Velard, whose reworked lyrics answer the question with some blurred rhymes of their own.
Video game characters lead dangerous lives, so they could use our advice on how to stay out of trouble. Identify classic video games based on some helpful tips — before the ghosts get you!
What do Martin Luther and Martin Luther King Jr. have in common? A name, obviously. In this game, identify famous people whose full names are found within the names of other celebrities.
Get to know the comedian behind Sleepwalk With Me in this game, in which we ask him about everything from bad first date etiquette, to a question as old as time: deep dish pizza, or thin crust?
Also: a poem about surveillance by Robert Pinsky; a Divergent-themed summer camp; an unexpected quote from Virgil graces the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
Leslie Jamison's new book of essays, The Empathy Exams, combines the intellectual and the emotional to explore the humanizing effect of empathy. Heller McAlpin calls it a "soaring performance."
Felix Gilman's new novel presents a dark alternate vision of the occultism craze that gripped Victorian London. Critic Jason Heller calls the book heady yet accessible "séance fiction."
Author Emma Donoghue's new novel, Frog Music, imagines a new solution to the 1876 murder of a San Francisco frog-catcher — and fits in a lot of raw and raunchy popular songs along the way.