At the height of her addiction to heroin, Tracey Helton Mitchell lived in an alley and sold her body. Now she works as an addiction specialist helping others. Her new memoir is The Big Fix.
The hit musical recasts the Founding Fathers as people of color engaged in rap battles. But on a recent night, ticket buyers largely looked the way Broadway audiences have always looked. What gives?
In 1985, while their husbands discussed nuclear disarmament, the two first ladies — both considered influential advisers — held their own tense tea tête-à-têtes in Geneva.
Lavie Tidhar's new alternate history imagines a world where Communists took over Germany in 1933, Fascism is on the rise in the U.K. and a down and out German PI in London dreams of world domination.
Check out the songs (and back stories) of women musicians from around the world.
The Motion Picture and Television Fund is home to 200-plus residents who once worked on screen, behind cameras and in production rooms and secretarial pools.
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to petroleum-geologist-turned-writer Rick Bass about the art of the short story, specifically his short stories. A collection of the short stories he's written over the years is called, For A Little While.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Somini Sengupta, the former New Delhi bureau chief for The New York Times, about her book, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India's Young.
The new graphic novel by Malaysia-born cartoonist Sonny Liew spans 80 years as it tells the story of a fictional comic-book. Critic John Powers calls the book a "startlingly brilliant tour de force."
In the first half of the 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in his new book, Imbeciles.
With his new film, writer/director Robert Eggers wanted to resuscitate a nightmare figure from the consciousness of Puritan America. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to him about "The Witch," and how to really scare an audience.
VICE TV is a new cable channel. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and producer Andrew Limbong tell us what they think of three of the new shows from the "hip" news outlet.
Most people remember the first time they fall in love. In this excerpt from "Modern Love: The Podcast," the author writes about the actual fall that marked her first love.
A new Grammy Museum is opening in the Mississippi Delta. It pays tribute to the region considered to be the birthplace of American music. NPR's Debbie Elliott has a preview.
When Downton Abbey airs its finale in the U.S. on Sunday, it will bring to a close one of TV's most popular soap operas. With the end near, NPR's Eric Deggans takes stock of the show's greatest gifts.
A. Igoni Barrett's new novel is a long, bizarre riff on Kafka's Metamorphosis, transplanted to Nigeria. Reviewer Michael Schaub says Barrett's strong writing is ultimately mired in a rambling plot.
Ravi Patel, Kara Brown and Alex Gale join the Barbershop to talk about Chris Rock's Oscars performance, a polarizing casting decision for a Nina Simone biopic and the surprise Kendrick Lamar album.
The best-selling author of Prince of Tides died Friday evening at the age of 70. NPR's Tom Vitale has an appreciation.
We ask the former mayor of Newark three questions about old sports jerseys.
Adoption is a metaphor for cultural dislocation in Boris Fishman's new novel, which follows an immigrant Jewish couple in New Jersey who adopt a baby from Minnesota — and set out to find his roots.