Patrick Dacey's debut story collection follows the people of a fictional Massachusetts town hit hard by war, weather and economic turmoil. Critic Michael Schaub praises Dacey's emotional honesty.
Contemporary art isn't easy, and the new museum's creators wanted first-time visitors to feel welcome. So The Broad's guards act as friendly ambassadors — ready to engage with visitors about the art.
For more than 300 years, children have performed kabuki, Japan's classical theater, in the village of Damine. But as residents age or leave for cities, Damine is running out of young performers.
At one point, Meg LeFauve was getting multiple studio executive job offers. But as her mentor says, "She knew she had a different path." Now her screenplay for Inside Out is up for an Oscar.
Ethan Canin traces the complicated lives of two generations of mathematical geniuses in his new novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it A Doubter's Almanac an "elegant and devastating novel."
Author Sonia Shah says that urbanization and air travel put the global population at an increased risk for disease. "Zika is a great example of how new pathogens are emerging today," she says.
In the early 20th century, the Chinese faced draconian immigration rules. But owners of a few types of businesses could get special visas. In 1915, restaurants got on that list. The rest is history.
The study examined more than 21,000 characters and behind-the-scenes workers on films and TV, and found an "epidemic of invisibility." For example, just 3.4 percent of film directors were female.
Why fans have nothing to fear — and everything to gain — from diversity in science fiction and fantasy.
Lately it seems as if every thriller written by a woman gets compared to two recent blockbusters: Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. So what makes those two books so appealing and influential?
The Colombian film "Embrace of the Serpent" tells the story of Amazon exploration not through European, but indigenous eyes. It's a contender for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
First there was "Full House" and now, more than 20 years later, the reboot of the family sitcom starts this week. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to the show's creator, Jeff Franklin.
In a tribute to the late Harper Lee, we hear several poignant passages read from her novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Adolescence is a time when "friendship feels like something you die for," says Irish author Belinda McKeon. It's how she explains the characters in her new novel "Tender" to NPR's Rachel Martin.
Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word ends in the letter -E, and the second word starts GO-.
Nearly 60 years ago, William Krisel did everything he could to break the monotony of tract housing. In the process, he proved that Modernism could be both livable and affordable.
In Pakistan, a stand-up comic is sharing the stage with another comedian from the old enemy, India. The comics believe laughter is the best medicine for their conflict-blighted region.
Noah discusses The Daily Show and growing up in South Africa. Critic Ken Tucker reviews Wild Stab, the debut album by The I Don't Cares. Tom Wainwright explains the business models of drug cartels.
Italian author Umberto Eco died yesterday at the age of 84. We recall last year's conversation between the author and Scott Simon.
Linda Wertheimer talks with Don Hertzfeldt about his Oscar-nominated animated short, "World of Tomorrow."