A new comedy begins to experiment with power grabs as a way to soothe insecurities, but it's totally uninterested in the satire the material is begging to deliver.
These TED talks will remind you of the special connections a family shares.
Dr. Brian Goldman answers your questions on medicine, making mistakes, and how the entire medical system can benefit and learn from being wrong.
Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.
Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been making movies away from the Hollywood machine for years — he does most of his filming in his studio in Austin, Texas.
Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.
The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.
Starting Thursday, FXX will air all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in the longest single-series marathon in TV history. Fresh Air listens backs to interviews with the show's creator, writers and actors.
Dive into some deep ideas as you relax by the pool this summer.
There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.
Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.
David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.
Forget peanuts and Cracker Jack. Sausages are the food most closely linked to the national pastime, says Frank Deford.
Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.
Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.
Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops as lessons on the craft and gateways to publishers. But in classes filled with the white and elite, many writers of color feel typecast as "other."
In his new memoir Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors, and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."
Simin Behbahani, renowned for her piercing and fierce language, published 19 books of poetry over the course of six decades.
Also: King Richard III's "privileged" diet; novelist Karen Russell on the fantastical.