Research shows that teenagers' brains are not fully insulated, which means that signals move slowly. Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains. Originally broadcast Jan. 28, 2015.
This week's show brings in Audie Cornish and Margaret Willison to talk about Mindy Kaling's just-returning OB/GYN comedy and about the state and ways of romantic comedy in general.
Washington stars as Anita Hill in the new HBO film Confirmation. She was 14 during the 1991 hearings, and says it was the first time she remembers her parents having different points of view.
Food critic Laura Reiley of the Tampa Bay Times spent two months investigating where her local eateries were really getting their ingredients. Many of their "farm-to-table" claims proved bogus.
A video titled "27 Questions Black People Have for Other Black People" misses a whole lotta history when it comes to black people in America.
Jon Favreau directs a new version of The Jungle Book, in which Bill Murray and Christopher Walken help out with the voice work and the story considers the threats to the animals' way of life.
Green Room, from the director of the well-regarded thriller Blue Ruin, is the violent and inventive story of a touring punk band that gets in way over its head.
Criminal is the second film in a year that separates mind from body when it comes to poor, gorgeous Ryan Reynolds. In this case, his mind goes in Kevin Costner.
Argentina's premier tango couple is the subject of an ambitiously structured film that mixes dance with the story of a relationship that was both passionate and problematic.
The new political thriller series, Occupied, was ahead of its time. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to one of the show's creators, Erik Skjoldbjaerg, about how the show parallels Russia's actions in Ukraine.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with poetry critic Tess Taylor about the publication of the sixth book of The Aeneid translated by Seamus Heaney and published posthumously.
The comedian attends a Ku Klux Klan rally and a cross burning on his new series, United Shades of America. He describes the series as a travel show that takes him to places where he's afraid to go.
Esme Weijun Wang's novel — packed with family secrets, betrayals, a decaying house and a dramatic fire — could have seemed pulpy in lesser hands. But her restrained, beautiful prose makes it work.
Julian Fellowes' new novel is a twist on the form Charles Dickens made famous: the serial. Belgravia, the story of an ambitious family in 19th century England, will be released in chapters via an app.
German police are providing protection for the controversial comedian Jan Boehmermann after he performed a crude poem criticizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on German TV. Investigators are also looking into whether Boehmermann may have violated German speech laws. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Anton Troianovski of the Wall Street Journal about the controversy.
Bill de Blasio's been getting dragged for joking about "CPT." Once more, with gusto: When it comes to terms like this, context matters. Who's saying it, where and to whom?
Edward Humes describes his new book as a "transportation detective story" that chronicles the hidden characters, locations and machinery driving our same-day-delivery, traffic-packed world.
Take a break from the news for a totally compelling, entirely gravity-driven race that captured hearts and minds on the Internet this week. Plus: literary parodies, because this is NPR.
Samantha Mabry's novel riffs on authors like Nathaniel Hawthorne and Isabel Allende to create a story that's both an atmospheric glimpse at a Caribbean island and a self-aware critique of colonialism.
The Tilakamonkul family opened Bangkok Market in 1972. It became a magnet for Asian immigrants and chefs looking for rare ingredients. Their own son, Jet Tila, is now a celebrity chef.