The filmmaker fell in love with Polish cinema in college, and the images have stayed with him ever since. "I close my eyes, I see them," he says. "They're very vivid, expressive, immediate." Scorsese's festival of 21 handpicked movies will travel to 30 American cities.
Author Douglas Perry's new book, Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero, paints a portrait of the legendary lawman as a flawed but genuinely good guy who floundered when away from the excitement of police work. Ness "helped invent the modern police force," Perry says, but couldn't stop drinking and cheating on his wives.
Countless books and films have been made about Abraham Lincoln, but not many have been told in his voice. Jerome Charyn's latest novel, a sort of fictional autobiography, does just that. Charyn spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about Lincoln's poetry, depression, and fictionalizing a life.
Scientists have made some attempts to link mollusks to increased libido. There's even evidence that consuming heavy doses of an amino acid found in oysters can increase sperm count – in rabbits. But do any of these findings actually prove that oysters can — ahem — amp up arousal? Not so much.
When the pint-sized actress and the tap-dancing legend performed their "stair dance" in The Little Colonel, it was considered the first interracial dance performance. NPR's Elizabeth Blair explores the off-screen friendship of "Little Miss Sunshine" and Bill Robinson — both icons in their fields.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced this week that he would retire at the end of the season. "For the last 20 years I've been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and helping the Yankees win ... It's time for something new." Author Julia Keller saw the move as a poetic flourish on a long career.
The second season of Netflix's political drama will be released on Friday, providing a new dose of bad behavior from Francis Underwood. Antiheroes are popular on TV right now — think Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy and The Blacklist. But Eric Deggans wonders just how bad is too bad.
Even if you hate the holiday, any day is a good day for chocolate and a swoony romantic read. But NPR's romance guru Bobbi Dumas is an unabashed lover of Valentine's Day, and she celebrating by asking five of her favorite authors to recommend their favorite romances — and describe their own Valentine traditions.