For our latest installment of the occasional feature, Weekend Reads, novelist Alexander Chee tells NPR's Rachel Martin about Maggie Shipstead's book, Astonish Me.
Several new TV shows this year revolve around the idea of a deadly virus that grips the world, destroying much of the population. A look at why the enthusiasm for these shows is so infectious.
Carl Andre helped shape modern sculpture in the mid-1960s, but his career was jolted when he was tried and acquitted of murder. Now he's the subject of his first major retrospective in 35 years.
The film lampoons every trope in the romantic comedy textbook. Man-to-man real talk on the basketball court? Check. Sad heart-to-heart with a bartender? There's that too, but not how you'd expect.
Author Ru Freeman first turned to Alessandro Baricco's tale of a French silkworm merchant and his impossible love because it made her homesickness palpable. On second reading, it cured it.
Before Michael K. Williams played Omar Little on HBO's The Wire, he was a dancer in music videos starring artists like Madonna. Then a barroom brawl changed everything.
No one wanted to talk to director Ashim Ahluwalia on camera about making porn in India. So to cover the rarely discussed topic, he created a fictional film that looks and feels like a documentary.
In Pablo Picasso's painting The Blue Room, infrared technology this week revealed the canvas' previous occupant: a portrait of a melancholy, mustachioed man.
Lily Born, 11, has designed a spill-proof cup for people with Parkinson's disease. She and her dad, Joe Born, talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the invention she's named Kangaroo Cups.
Ken Regan could be called a chess detective. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the computer scientist and chess master whose algorithm reveals whether players are cheating at the game.
Almost Royal is a British comedy series that follows the lives of heirs to the throne. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the show's stars, Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart, who play Georgie and Poppy Carlton.
At Midsummer, some believe the veils between the worlds part and magic's hold on us grows stronger. For the solstice, reviewer Bobbi Dumas recommends five books with her favorite mix: love and magic.
Former BBC China correspondent Adam Brookes' new novel follows the ironically named Peanut, a former political prisoner who finds himself adrift — and then in trouble — in post-Tiananmen China.
Nick Hitchon, whose entire life has been chronicled in seven-year increments as part of the British "Up" series, is now a professor at the University of Wisconsin.
HBO's True Blood is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice?
Critic Bob Mondello takes a look at two very different films, both adapted from stage plays to screen by two very cinematic directors — Roman Polanski and Clint Eastwood.
David Gilbert tells the story of a famous, aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do. Originally broadcast July 23, 2013.
Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.
On this week's show, we chat about the ubiquitous buddy film and the matter of how culture makes first impressions on us.
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.