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NPR's go-to books guru shares some "under the radar" reads. Several of her recommendations — including fiction, fantasy and nonfiction — will make you reconsider your definition of a map.
Trauma victims and the uninsured alike pour through the doors of LA County Hospital. Filmmaker-physician Ryan McGarry's new documentary, Code Black, takes viewers inside the busy emergency room.
When Saroo Brierley was 4, he hopped on the wrong train in rural India, losing his way and his family. But as he recounts in A Long Way Home, Google Earth helped him return decades later.
Ari Goldman created the Late Starters Orchestra for people who wanted to do just that. He and other adult musicians play in a strictly enforced egalitarian and non-judgmental environment.
For our latest installment of the occasional feature, Weekend Reads, novelist Alexander Chee tells NPR's Rachel Martin about Maggie Shipstead's book, Astonish Me.
Several new TV shows this year revolve around the idea of a deadly virus that grips the world, destroying much of the population. A look at why the enthusiasm for these shows is so infectious.
Carl Andre helped shape modern sculpture in the mid-1960s, but his career was jolted when he was tried and acquitted of murder. Now he's the subject of his first major retrospective in 35 years.
The film lampoons every trope in the romantic comedy textbook. Man-to-man real talk on the basketball court? Check. Sad heart-to-heart with a bartender? There's that too, but not how you'd expect.
Author Ru Freeman first turned to Alessandro Baricco's tale of a French silkworm merchant and his impossible love because it made her homesickness palpable. On second reading, it cured it.
Before Michael K. Williams played Omar Little on HBO's The Wire, he was a dancer in music videos starring artists like Madonna. Then a barroom brawl changed everything.
No one wanted to talk to director Ashim Ahluwalia on camera about making porn in India. So to cover the rarely discussed topic, he created a fictional film that looks and feels like a documentary.
In Pablo Picasso's painting The Blue Room, infrared technology this week revealed the canvas' previous occupant: a portrait of a melancholy, mustachioed man.
Lily Born, 11, has designed a spill-proof cup for people with Parkinson's disease. She and her dad, Joe Born, talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the invention she's named Kangaroo Cups.
Ken Regan could be called a chess detective. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the computer scientist and chess master whose algorithm reveals whether players are cheating at the game.
Almost Royal is a British comedy series that follows the lives of heirs to the throne. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the show's stars, Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart, who play Georgie and Poppy Carlton.
At Midsummer, some believe the veils between the worlds part and magic's hold on us grows stronger. For the solstice, reviewer Bobbi Dumas recommends five books with her favorite mix: love and magic.
Former BBC China correspondent Adam Brookes' new novel follows the ironically named Peanut, a former political prisoner who finds himself adrift — and then in trouble — in post-Tiananmen China.
Nick Hitchon, whose entire life has been chronicled in seven-year increments as part of the British "Up" series, is now a professor at the University of Wisconsin.
HBO's True Blood is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice?