The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.
Mary Kubica's new thriller follows a woman who takes in a runaway and her baby daughter. Reviewer Bethanne Patrick says it's a perfect setup — but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive.
Grab your DEET-free bug spray for this final round — every answer here is an insect, arthropod, or arachnid.
Wet Hot American Summer's David Wain and David Hyde Pierce join us for a conversation, before Ken Marino, Judah Friedlander, A.D. Miles, and Zak Orth play a game about classic '80s toy commercials.
Sweet, dude. Celebrities get the sugar rush-treatment in this mashup game that combines your favorite candies with well-known people.
Put on your best New York accent and get ready to shout along with this game — all the answers begin with the letters Y-O. Because, you know, YOLO.
Our host, the SummerStage Festival, was founded in 1986, so we decided to pay homage to that year — musically.
In this game, guess whether TV show descriptions are of actual short-lived '80s shows, or if we made them up.
We're celebrating all things '80s in this show, and why not start with the decade's unmistakable slang? We'll thesaurus-ize some '80s phrases, and you have to give us the original saying.
The filmmaker opens up about being an "imperfectionist" and how his current marriage started as "a fling."
Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in the real sense. It's a dot on a map put there by cartographers some 85 years ago to help them catch people illegally copying their work. The fictitious town is among a number of map traps and "paper towns" that inspired novelist John Green to write his book and now movie, Paper Towns. He shares the story of Agloe, and what he found when he used a map to try to travel there.
The Manhattan, the daiquiri, the martini. These classic cocktails were all born between the 1860s and Prohibition, an era when American bartending got inventive — and theatrical.
Teresa Ann Miller often works with distracted performers, but the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "The dogs just thought it was a party," she says of the film's dog-pack scene.
Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.
From Luther the "anger translator" for President Obama to everyday situations, Key and Peele have put code-switching front and center in their comedy show.
Cartoonist Ed Piskor has just put out the new book in his award-winning Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's an exhaustive, good-natured look at the birth of hip hop that avoids the pitfall of voyeurism.
Not every submission to our big romance poll made it onto the list. Some books, while classics, have not aged well, some books were too new to judge, and some were lacking the crucial happy ending.
It's the NPR Books Summer of Love, so to celebrate, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite romances. And the results are in: 100 love stories to help every reader find a happy ever after.
Bill Cosby was instrumental in opening the door for black stuntmen in Hollywood early in his career. He was to be a central figure in a new documentary about black stuntmen, but that has now changed. He will be mentioned, but his interviews have been pulled, following the latest revelations about the comedian, who admitted in court documents that he drugged women for sex.