The Streamy Awards are the Oscars of online video. Even though highly produced web videos have major followings — with numbers, in some cases, that exceed television shows — this year, the awards are making a bid for more respectability. NPR spoke with the creators of the Streamies and offers a view of the evolving online video landscape.
Nadia Bolz-Weber is stand-up-comic who opened up a church for people who didn't belong. "My job is to ... remind people that they're absolutely loved," she says. Her new memoir is Accidental Saints.
The novelist and journalist are just two of the 40 nominees, across four categories, for the renowned literary prize. The fiction longlist rolled out Thursday morning, capping a week of nominations.
Chris Holm's new novel is about an hit man who only targets other hit men. Critic Jason Heller says the book's somewhat outlandish setup results in lean action and breakneck execution.
Steve Rannazzisi admits he lied for years about being in the World Trade Center when terrorists attacked it in 2001. A fellow comic, whose firefighter dad died that day, accepts the apology.
Song and dance man Neil Patrick Harris premiered his new show, Best Time Ever, Tuesday night on NBC. It's an attempt to bring back the variety show format.
NBC's new live weekly show mixes mini-quiz shows, game shows, production numbers, stunt competitions and pranks. Despite all this, critic David Bianculli says it hasn't yet reached its full potential.
On the eve of the Pope's first visit to the U.S., journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change.
Homeland Security had warned the library supporting Tor could allow criminals to move child pornography anonymously. The library voted to continue its support of Tor, saying any freedom brings risk.
Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's new book of poems melds the political with the personal. Critic Craig Morgan Teicher says it makes for deep yet accessible reading.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to update the Nehru Memorial Museum, honoring India's first prime minister, to include his own achievements. Critics say it's an effort to undermine Nehru's legacy.
Cabral is up for an Emmy on Sunday, but it wasn't long ago that he was facing a possible 35-year sentence for violent assault. He says a program called Homeboy Industries helped turn his life around.
In her newest novel Lauren Groff uses a split narrative to tell the story of a long marriage. Critic Jason Sheehan says the device works thanks to Groff's stunning language.
Allowing a young child to use a knife in the kitchen may sound like a recipe for disaster. Yet researchers and educators say it can help foster independence and curiosity toward food.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Daniel Nazer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the impact of this ruling. An appeals court ruled the music used in the video was an instance of fair use.
In A Carlin Home Companion, Kelly Carlin reflects on life with her famous comedian (and drug addicted) father. "This book has always felt like unfinished business," she says.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to comedians John Cleese and Eric Idle of Monty Python about their new show, Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time, which begins its U.S. tour in October.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Forbes gaming columnist Paul Tassi about Tuesday's release of The Taken King, a new installment of the hugely popular Destiny video game.
Tassler has helmed the most-watched broadcast network's drama, comedy and late-night offerings since 2004. It's a surprising development at a network known for executive stability.
Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting 1,200 pages because "there was something untrue about them." Her new book is The Art of Memoir.