In the story of a struggling boxer, Gyllenhaal undergoes a physical transformation that's more and more common for actors in a superhero-driven world.
Julia Pierpont's debut novel opens with a young girl's discovery of her father's infidelity. Maureen Corrigan says that what follows is so unexpected and tense that it's a "fresh pleasure to read."
Journalist Jessica Grose, linguistics professor Penny Eckert and speech pathologist Susan Sankin discuss upspeak, vocal fry and why women's voices are changing — and whether or not that's a problem.
Artist Lauren Garfinkel creates indelible images on edible canvases. Some are silly (Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg as a nacho supreme), others haunting. All offer food for thought on current events.
Jesse Ball's A Cure For Suicide is a poignant psychological dystopia about dealing with painful memories and the true price of starting over.
True or false — Ho Chi Minh invented Boston Cream Pie?
In this final round, it's not all about you--in fact, it's all about "M-E." In honor of our visit to the Show Me State, every answer begins with these two letters.
Author Curtis Sittenfeld talks about her new book Entitled, and gets quizzed on the many differences (AND similarities!) between Pride and Prejudice and E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey.
What combination of words forms the answer to the clue, "I like to change the places of everything on the back part of the stove"? Rearrange and "rear range"...obviously.
We love our anagrams--this time, we're going a bit easier on our contestants and anagramming only the last word of well-known TV shows.
D'oh! You might be facepalming during this game, in which we give the Homer Simpson treatment to celebrities whose names end with the syllable "oh."
The airwaves of the 90s were full of one-hit wonders, and in this music game, we're paying homage to some of them--specifically, the ones that had a single word as a title.
In this game, we challenge our contestants to identify famous films by their "bookends"-- their first and last lines.
This collection of Shirley Jackson's early fiction, unpublished stories and personal essays is a delightfully uneasy mix of wry family observation and the chills her eerie later work is known for.
Ortega is one of the most sought after choreographers in showbiz. He's worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Zac Efron and is responsible for some of Hollywood's most memorable dance scenes.
Inspired by the popular Humans of New York blog, a photographer is aiming to take 200 portraits of his fellow Baltimore residents.
In South Korea, Buddhist temple food is viewed the way spa food is in the U.S.: curative, cleansing, perhaps even medicinal. Buddhist nuns have preserved these cooking techniques for 1,600 years.
He didn't care for journalism's austerities, but borrowed liberally from history to craft his books. The late, great novelist was a gentleman who spun untruths, in order to better get at what's true.
One cartoonist in Seoul has shaped and defined South Korean culture for decades. NPR meets the artist on the last day of an exhibition devoted to the scope of his career.
In Southpaw, Gyllenhaal plays a boxer who grew up in foster care and is struggling to become a father to his daughter. "I don't like getting hit, but it was important for the movie," he says.