Blake Bailey has written about John Cheever and Richard Yates — now, he's describing real-life suburban alcoholic despair in a memoir of his troubled brother, The Splendid Things We Planned.
The legendary sportswriter's new memoir, His Ownself, takes readers from his idyllic childhood in Fort Worth to his years as a globetrotting golf fan and founder of Sports Illustrated.
The 89-year-old, Tony Award-winning Broadway star is the subject of a new documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. She spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about seeing herself on screen.
The Oscars are coming up this weekend, but do they matter anymore? Bob Mondello talks about why the Oscars frustrate him, and we search — maybe in vain — for meaning.
Inspired by the arrest of drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman, author Zachary Lazar explores themes of violence and power using Pedro Paramo, by Mexican novelist Juan Rulfo.
The 2008 scandal was about more than whether a judge took a bribe from a private detention facility. A new documentary explores a story about the perils of zero tolerance in the juvenile system.
The National Football League is considering a 15-yard penalty for players using the N-word on the field. The Barbershop guys weigh in on that and other news of week.
"My Brother's Keeper" is a new White House initiative designed to help young men of color succeed. Law professor Paul Butler and youth advocate Malik Washington discuss the president's new plan.
Neeson became a bankable action hero in 2008 after the thriller Taken. Now almost 62, he's still getting out of tight corners with his fists. His new film unfolds on a transatlantic flight.
We wrap up our look at what the internet at large had to say about this year's Best Picture nominees with the beautiful but devastating 12 Years A Slave.
On this week's show, we invite Bob Mondello to join the table for a discussion of all nine Best Picture nominees and some other stuff, too. And we talk about what's making us happy this week.
Also: More than 120 academic papers turn out to be fakes; the Israeli Embassy donates 300 books on Anne Frank to Tokyo public; Colson Whitehead talks to The New York Times about writing spaces.
Alexandre Dumas' life was almost as exciting as his work, some of which was written to support his many mistresses. Comics legend Kyle Baker celebrates Dumas for our Black History Month project.
Believe it or not, the person responsible for keeping each and every shot of a movie in focus never looks through a camera lens. NPR's Susan Stamberg explains the role of the focus puller.
Oscar-nominated short films, once all but impossible to see except at art-house theaters, are surging in popularity via online streaming and on-demand services.
Warmhearted and dazzling, Ernest & Celestine has a lot to say about society's rules — and imagining life on the other side of its borders. (Recommended)
In an enjoyably absurd airborne whodunit, the actor plays a Federal Air Marshal who has to find the terrorist picking off passengers on a tranatlantic flight.
A new 3-D take on a formative Russian war story has its impressive moments, but ultimately feels contrived and confusing.
The Berlin wall has fallen, and a middle-aged Norwegian woman finds her idyllic life coming unmoored as secrets rooted in World War II come to light.
Last summer, the organization behind the Oscars elected its first African American president: film marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs. She's been working to diversify a monochrome membership.