David Simon's new HBO mini-series, Show Me a Hero, examines racial biases in New York City's public housing laws. Critic David Bianculli says, "This 25-year-old true story couldn't seem more timely."
The 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the fastest fundraising efforts in history. Nancy Frates recounts how her love for her son Pete plunged her into leading a worldwide awareness campaign.
After setting a new personal goal, often your first instinct is to tell someone. But entrepreneur Derek Sivers says you're better off keeping it to yourself.
Actor and writer Julia Sweeney says parenting has always made her feel like an amateur — but especially when her 8-year-old started asking some smart questions about animal reproduction.
Taylor Wilson is a self-taught nuclear physicist who sees every obstacle as a challenge. He describes how — at age 14 — he built a working nuclear fusion reactor in his garage.
Author and journalist A.J. Jacobs has made a career of being an amateur. He talks about the year he spent living biblically — following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.
The author, whose "Easy Rawlins" mystery novels are largely set in Watts, looks back 50 years ago to the night when the neighborhood first went up in flames.
N.W.A's hard-won battle for mainstream success is illustrated in a film produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
Guy Ritchie's reworking of the 60's television show is a winning, action-packed summer blockbuster.
The latest film from Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig is a jumbled tale of a college student and her future stepsister.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Blanco, who was born to a Cuban exile family and read at President Obama's second inauguration, about the poem he will read at the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.
Will the deal with HBO mean Elmo and Big Bird reach fewer low-income children ... or more?
We've never been more connected as a society: tweeting, texting, vining. But when it comes to eating, more of us are going solo. And even when we do have table companions, we may be tuning them out.
After the first nine months of airing new episodes exclusively on HBO, Sesame Street will also be available on PBS for free. NPR takes a look at the agreement and its possible consequences.
In an outburst on Twitter, the dating app Tinder criticized a recent Vanity Fair article describing the hookup culture in New York City. Tinder said it was unfairly portrayed in the article, and reporter Nancy Jo Sales failed to seek the company's comment for the story.
While the new Straight Outta Compton may Hollywood's attempt to keep it real, Compton's reality in 2015 is quite different from the stream of images pop culture has churned out since the 1980s.
For the next five seasons of Sesame Street, episodes will air first on HBO before they're made available to PBS for free nine months later.
When she was 15, Phoebe Gloeckner lost her virginity to her mother's boyfriend. Gloeckner wrote about the experience in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which Marielle Heller adapted into a film.
Helen Phillips' surreal, dark, funny new novel follows a young woman named Josephine, who gets a job at a mysterious agency. Critic Michael Schaub says the book works as both love story and thriller.
Tanwi Nandini Islam's debut novel is an understated queer coming-of-age tale, set in a vividly-portrayed Brooklyn brownstone whose residents all ache for some kind of home they've never been to.