Cognitive neuroscientist Tali Sharot makes the case for why humans are wired to have what she calls an "optimism bias."
Educator John Hunter describes how he finds hope and inspiration in his fourth grade students — and their ability to solve big problems.
Vice President Al Gore says that — despite the dismal news on climate change — he's optimistic.
Glen Weldon runs down all 50 of the books on offer for Free Comic Book Day and explains how you can get your share of the goods.
Sesame Workshop, the company behind Sesame Street, unveils a new initiative to reach kids in a digital and mobile age. NPR gets a sneak peek.
"My Old Kentucky Home" is sung every year at the Kentucky Derby. Written in 1852 as an anti-slavery ballad, the song has a more sinister meaning upon closer examination.
The winner of the Palme D'Or at 2015's Cannes Film Festival, director Jacques Audiard's latest begins with a gratifyingly specific story of one man's life, but its trajectory works against it.
Rob Reiner directs from a screenplay co-written by his son Nick who, like the lead character in the film, has experience in rehab.
Louise Osmond's documentary captures the spirit of a community group that came together to train and race a horse they named Dream Alliance.
The holiday commemorates a Mexican victory against French invaders, whose culinary imprint lingers. In her new cookbook, Jinich explores Mexico's evolving cuisine and its many immigrant influences.
Historian Frank Dikötter says newly opened archives offer fresh details about the chaos China experienced in the 1960s, when Chairman Mao urged students to take to the streets.
Captain America: Civil War drops some of the politics of the comics on which it's based, but it tells a different, equally current political story.
Basma Abdel Aziz's new novel is set in an unspecified Middle Eastern city, where an endless line snakes back from the mysterious Gate where citizens await pronouncements from a sinister government.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author says his blue-collar grandfather would have been astonished by the life Russo leads. His new book, Everybody's Fool, is a sequel to 1993's Nobody's Fool.
Jennifer Haigh grew up in small town Pennsylvania, where jobs disappeared when coal mines closed. Her new novel explores the changes that mining — and now fracking — has brought to nearby communities.
Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.
The Irish director and screenwriter talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about his new film, which tells the story of a young teenager in 1980s Dublin who discovers pop music and starts a band.
High art is highly entertaining in this grown-up goof on the Where's Waldo? books. Readers hunt down a tiny Andy Warhol against a series of elaborately detailed art and culture-themed backgrounds.
Adam Haslett's new novel focuses on a family tormented by father-and-son battles with chronic depression and anxiety. He captures the lasting reverberations of suicide with precision and tenderness.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Devin Leonard whose new book, Neither Snow Nor Rain, celebrates the history of the U.S. Postal Service.