On this week's show, we dive into some of the fall books we're looking forward to and revel in a chat about detective stories.
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, honoring writers who use literature to further social justice, has recognized Bob Shacochis and Karima Bennoune. Also: Sub Pop has published some grunge-worthy haiku.
World War I left many soldiers with disfiguring scars. For those whose faces were no longer recognizable, an American artist, Anna Coleman Ladd, sculpted masks to cover their injuries.
The drama Lilting follows a grieving mother and her son's left-behind love on a strange trajectory of flawed communication and shared emotion.
The Two Faces of January stars Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst as three travelers grappling with matters of truth and perception.
In a world full of choices, this radio gives you only one. And its creators call it The Public Radio, so it's not surprising they want you to pick a public radio station to program it.
With the changing of seasons, U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright joins Melissa Block to read a poem that conjures feelings of autumn.
Many young people haven't seen the 1939 film that their parents and grandparents considered a classic. NPR's Neda Ulaby explores whether the story of Rhett and Scarlett withstands the test of time.
Age 11 is when you're most passionate and optimistic, says Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey. So she created a documentary looking at the world through the eyes' of 11-year-olds in 15 countries.
The food on U.S. planes has gone from bad to nonexistent in coach class. But airplane meals have had ups and downs before. Now, airports and food delivery services are aiming to close the gap.
Redemption is nigh for returning contestants who have reached the final round. Whose instincts about names containing animals (Snoop Dogg) will lead to victory?
Step up to the mound — every answer in this game is a word, phrase or proper noun that also contains a baseball term. Catch my drift?
The world's a lonely planet, so why not turn to the Internet to figure out which spots need company. Try to guess which famous landmarks are depicted in these less-than-positive TripAdvisor reviews.
Signs, signs, everywhere signs! House musician Jonathan Coulton sings "The Sign" by evil Swedish pop wizards Ace of Base, with rewritten lyrics that hint to actual signs, signals and omens.
Don't you wish that the games you played as a kid were announced by professional sportscasters? In this game, try to figure out the playground classic as called from the skybox.
Hedwig is about forging a singular identity from two different elements. We test Mitchell's encyclopedic knowledge of 'New Hollywood' films by mashing up titles of classic films that share a word.
The Tony Award-winner is best known for creating the story of a transgender punk-rock star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In this game, we remove the make-up and discover the man under the wig.
In this installment of an AMA classic, contestants must distinguish between indie bands, Dungeons & Dragons monsters and foreign films. (Not to be confused with foreign bands or indie films.)
The 24 writers chosen will set out on long-distance train rides — and write along the way. Also: Neil Gaiman tells a tale about Terry Pratchett, who isn't quite the kindly elf you might think he is.
Beth Cato's debut novel takes on the problems and limitations of the steampunk genre with an appealing heroine and a thoughtful meditation on what heroism really means. Plus, mechanical animals!