Arts and Culture

Subscribe to Arts and Culture feed Arts and Culture
Art and entertainment commentary plus interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, comedy, and visual art. Subscribe to podcasts and follow trends in music, painting, art, architecture, photography, and design.
Updated: 54 min 12 sec ago

'Astonish Me' Asks, Is It Enough To Only Be Good?

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 7:00am

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.

» E-Mail This

Why TV Drama Is So Obsessed With Pandemics

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 7:00am

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.

» E-Mail This

In Blocks And Bricks, A Minimalist Returns To The Gallery

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 7:00am

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.

» E-Mail This

'They Came Together' Is A Terrible Rom-Com On Purpose

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:58am

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.

» E-Mail This

'Silk' Luxuriates In The Bittersweet Pain Of Love And Longing

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:58am

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.

» E-Mail This

From Backup Dancer To 'The Wire': How A Scar Transformed A Career

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 4:36pm

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.

» E-Mail This

'Miss Lovely' Exposes The Underbelly Of India's Film Industry

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 4:36pm

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.

» E-Mail This

Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 8:17am

In Pablo Picasso's painting The Blue Room, infrared technology this week revealed the canvas' previous occupant: a portrait of a melancholy, mustachioed man.

» E-Mail This

Chicago Girl Designs A Parkinson's-Proof Cup

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 6:58am

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.

» E-Mail This

How To Catch A Chess Cheater

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 6:58am

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.

» E-Mail This

Two High-Born Hipsters Are 'Almost Royal'

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 6:58am

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.

» E-Mail This

Magically Romantic Reads For A Short Solstice Night

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 4:29am

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.

» E-Mail This

A Former Prisoner Out Of Step With Modern China In 'Night Heron'

Sat, 06/21/2014 - 4:27am

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.

» E-Mail This

Not My Job: We Quiz A Member Of The '7 Up' Series About The Number 8

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:05pm

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.

» E-Mail This

Sputtering On Fumes, 'True Blood' Has Outstayed Its Welcome

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:20pm

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?

» E-Mail This

A Leap Too Far? 'Venus' And 'Jersey Boys' Bounce From Stage To Screen

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:08pm

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.

» E-Mail This

A Reclusive Novelist Reckons With His Legacy '& Sons'

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:00pm

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.

» E-Mail This

'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:00pm

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.

» E-Mail This

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Buddy Movies And First Impressions

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 8:45am

On this week's show, we chat about the ubiquitous buddy film and the matter of how culture makes first impressions on us.

» E-Mail This

Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

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.

» E-Mail This

Pages

©2014 WLRH PUBLIC RADIO

Address

WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions

Phone

LOCAL:
(256) 895-9574

TOLL-FREE:
(800) 239-9574