Somaliland, a country that lacks official recognition, has a huge annual book fair. The emphasis on literature isn't just about culture. It's about identity and the economy, too.
As part of our series on unusual summer festivals, NPR travels to Austria for the World Bodypainting Festival, where artists use brushes, sprays and sponges on human canvases.
J.J. Sutherland and Chris Suellentrop of the podcast Shall We Play a Game? share their first impressions of Hello Games' new wide-open universe game, No Man's Sky.
Born in Arkansas around 1866, Mary Mann Hamilton was one of the first women to homestead in the Mississippi Delta. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls her memoir a historical and literary treasure.
During the Depression, cheap, nutritious and filling food was prioritized — often at the expense of taste. Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe, authors of A Square Meal, discuss food trends of the time.
William Scoville's lobotomy on patient Henry Molaison taught scientists a lot about human memory, but left Molaison with memory problems. Luke Dittrich discusses the story in his book Patient H.M.
In a summer with not so great films, features columnist Kristen Page-Kirby with The Washington Post's Express says the standouts have all been movies for kids.
Luke Dittrich's new book is part pop science book, part medical ethics essay and part family history: His grandfather was the surgeon who originally cut into the brain of the celebrated Patient H.M.
Sandra Cisneros is the author of "The House on Mango Street." For our series, "Next Chapter," she talks about how important it was for her as a Mexican-American woman to move into her first apartment.
The Roca brothers are taking on a huge logistical challenge this summer: They're recreating their cuisine in five cities, including London, San Francisco, Phoenix, Hong Kong and Santiago, Chile.
Miéville's new novel is set in 1941 Paris, as occultists and philosophers attempt to fight the Nazi invaders with a surrealism bomb that accidentally unleashes hellish dreams onto the Paris streets.
Best known for playing R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, a role where he was unseen, the actor was found Saturday morning by his nephew.
Couric's impressive career in journalism started at a local radio station where she was hired as an intern by our very own Judge and Scorekeeper Emeritus Carl Kasell.
John Corey Whaley is the author of the YA novels "Noggin" and "Highly Illogical Behavior. For our series "Next Chapter," he tells us about how he struggled with feeling isolated at college.
In the 1880s, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse battled over control of America's nascent electrical system. Graham Moore tells their story in The Last Days of Night.
Carolyn Parkhurst's new novel is told entirely from female perspectives; a mother and two troubled daughters. But the book really revolves around what's going on in the head of one man.
Jake Reiss, owner of Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, Ala., recommends James McBride's Kill 'Em and Leave, Don Keith's Mattie C.'s Boy and Joshua Hammer's The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu.
"Reigning Men" is the name of an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that traces 300 years of men's fashions — from the trousers that became a defining symbol of the French Revolution to the latest from Savile Row.
Historian Mary Beard says many of our popular notions about the empire are based on culture rather than fact. Her new book is called SPQR. Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2015.
Two masked robbers clean out small branches of a Texas bank in David Mackenzie's new neo-Western. Critic David Edelstein calls Hell or High Water a work of "broad scale and deep feeling."