Weapons have always been a central part of warfare. But humans have turned to another source of power as well: food. Take our quiz to test your knowledge about war and food.
Maggie O'Farrell's novel jumps between multiple storylines, points of view, times and places to tell the story of an American professor who meets a reclusive French actress on a lonely Irish road.
NPR's Audie Cornish interviews NPR contributor and critic Chris Klimek about the Aliens sequel and the 30th anniversary of the film.
Filmmaker Alex Gibney's new documentary focuses on the large-scale implications of computer malware. Critic John Powers calls Zero Days an important — and chilling — film.
Author Cathleen Schine says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Her darkly comic new novel is They May Not Mean To, But They Do.
Nothing is simple in Mideast relations. Not even hummus. Lebanon, Israel and Palestinians are entangled over who owns the dish. Not even the title of world's largest hummus platter settled the matter.
Kate Spoko created a documentary series called The Fixers. In it, she asks Clevelanders what tour of the city they would give to Republican National Convention delegates.
The versatile author says that, like queens, writers are born into their profession. In her new book, Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays, she examines current and past literature.
Julián Castro went from being the youngest member of San Antonio's city council, to mayor of San Antonio, to U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
The Republican convention begins on Monday, and the Democrats get their turn the following week. Writer Thomas Mallon gives Linda Wertheimer a reading list to prepare for the conventions.
At the beginning of Susie Steiner's new thriller, a detective is on a date with a man whose name she can't remember. Not long after, a well-connected university student goes missing.
In The Stars Askew, Rjurik Davidson returns to the world of Caeli-Amur, now trying to put itself back together after a revolution. But the story bogs down in plural narratives and political minutiae.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with our poetry reviewer Tess Taylor about three recent collections that take their cues from nonfiction, including Admit One by Martha Collins, Look by Solmaz Sharif and Olio by Tyehimba Jess.
Paul Feig's remake of the 1984 hit stars four actresses as the ghostbusters. Critic David Edelstein says while the concept for the movie is solid, the film itself "has no satirical ideas of its own."
A new exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art shows how the Maasai and other cultures transform bowls, belts and shields into objects of beauty.
Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon.
If you've ever wondered: Am I human? — humorist Ze Frank offers an idiosyncratic quiz that can help provide the answer.
Psychologist Steven Pinker describes how far we've come in understanding how both nature and nurture make us ... us.
Biochemist Sam Sternberg describes how recent developments in gene editing technology may help end many diseases and even control our own evolution.
You know that feeling when you put down a great book and all you want is more? We took 27 recent books and paired them with movies, musicals, TV shows, comics and podcasts to keep your buzz going.