Pindar Van Arman is a painter — and a software designer. His latest project? A portrait-painting robot. Its paintings "dance on the edge" between creations by humans and machines, he says.
The century-old Khalidi library holds the largest private manuscript collection in Jerusalem. It closed shortly after the Six-Day War. Now the Khalidis have decided it's time to reopen.
In the Barbershop, Arsalan Iftikhar, Bridget Johnson and Jimi Izrael discuss the San Bernardino shootings, the shakeups in the Chicago Police Department, and NBC's live production of The Wiz.
A man in Turkey is on trial for creating a meme that compares the character Gollum to Turkey's president. Michael Drough, a Lord of the Rings scholar, talks about whether Gollum is a true villain.
Daniels portrays former Apple CEO John Sculley in the new film Steve Jobs. We'll ask Daniels about three other people named Steve, and what they do for a living.
The Thirty Million Word Initiative, created by University of Chicago Hospital pediatric surgeon Dana Suskind, attempts to close the achievement gap between poorer and more affluent students.
Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, the co-creators of The Leftovers, discuss the series. Rock critic Ken Tucker weighs in on Adele's popularity. John Kander reflects on a career of Hidden Treasures.
Harvey Keitel plays a film director spending time at a spa in the Swiss Alps in the movie, "Youth." He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the production and a chance meeting in Sarajevo, years ago.
Forget the Merry Wives of Windsor, NPR's Scott Simon recalls a time when Shakespeare spent the night with a groupie.
The most popular sport in America causes head trauma. Some famous players have been convicted of domestic abuse, or accused of cheating. But author Gregg Easterbrook won't give up on the gridiron.
Vladimir Sorokin's surreal road trip novel follows a doctor rushing through a blizzard to deliver a vaccine to a zombie-plagued village — but that rich premise is let down by clunky, uneven prose.
This year, the Biennale of Photography is all about "Telling Time" — and it comes at a telling time for the host country of Mali.
NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says NBC's production of The Wiz was "fully and fearlessly filled with blackness."
"What the Grand Ole Opry did for country music, she has done for Southern food," one writer says of Hach — host of the South's first TV cooking show, cookbook author and caterer for world leaders.
Their film Sisters comes out the same weekend as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Are they worried about getting crushed? "R2-D2 is my bra size," Fey says in a Sisters trailer called "The Farce Awakens."
Lee's new film, Chi-Raq, is an adaptation of the Greek comedy Lysistrata, in which women withhold sex to get their men to stop fighting. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "sexy, brash and potent."
Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. Originally broadcast March 24, 2014.
This week's show takes a look at the latest from Pixar — both the somewhat disappointing feature and the awesome short — and we consider the times we've changed our minds.
Set in 1960s New Orleans, A Confederacy Of Dunces centers around Ignatius J. Reilly, a glutton in a city known for its cuisine. A new cookbook looks at the food central to the heralded comedic novel.
What film would be crazy enough to schedule its release on the same day as the new Star Wars? Why, it's Sisters, the new film from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.