Also: excerpts from Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto's memoir about his travels in North Korea; Dana Perino has a book deal.
Does your idea of high fashion encompass everything from taxidermy to tutus? Then you'll probably enjoy The Worn Archive, which compiles issues of the quirky Toronto-based fashion magazine Worn.
The Palm Springs Follies is an old-fashioned musical revue with a difference: the performers are old enough to have been in shows like this in their heyday. After 23 seasons, the show closes in May.
The New York Yankee relief pitcher is revered both for what he did and didn't do — behave scandalously, pick fights, take drugs or chase big contract offers to other cities.
Tori Amos has spent the past several years exploring other worlds of music. She released two albums of classical-inspired work, including a collection of her earlier pop songs retooled as orchestral tracks. Most recently she helped write a musical for the London National Theater. But this month Amos is back with Unrepentant Geraldines, a new album filled with her signature piano-driven baroque pop songs. On this week's All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton premiere "16 Shades Of Blue," a new cut from the album, and talk about why it's Amos' best record in 20 years.
Also on the show: Malaysian-born singer-songwriter Zee Avi covers The Velvet Underground song "Who Loves The Sun;" A new tribute album showcases some of the music featured in Wes Anderson's films, including a thumping cover of The Kinks' song "Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worrying 'Bout That Girl;" and the Berlin and New York-based dream pop group Fenster is back with an atmospheric sophomore full-length called The Pink Caves. Plus: The captivating voice of singer Alice Boman and the Led Zeppelin-inspired rock of Milezo.
A skit about slavery by Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones outraged many of the show's black viewers. NPR television critic Eric Deggans talks about the joke and the backlash.
As The Mindy Project wraps its second season, Mindy enthusiast Jessica Daniels says it's time for Dr. Lahiri to get past the need to reshape herself for her boyfriends.
Also: Edwidge Danticat on the real price of sugar; the winners of the O. Henry Prize.
Two new books consider the complicated world of bees: Laline Paull's debut novel The Bees imagines humble worker bee's hive adventures, and A Sting in the Tale considers focuses on the bumblebee.
In the first installment of the new season of Hidden Kitchens, The Kitchen Sisters explore how Sicilians are reclaiming farmland and providing Mafia-free jobs in a region gripped by corruption.
A data scientist pitted rappers against Shakespeare to see who had the more extensive vocabulary. But he says he isn't trying to make some sweeping statement about the lyrical prowess of hip-hop.
In her illustrated memoir Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, longtime New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast describes being an only child and conflicted caretaker to her aging parents.
Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton's new memoir, Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty, tackles classic menswear, her insecurities about aging — and the new places she's learned to look for beauty.
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the latest donut hybrid. The cronut combined croissants and doughnuts; the wonut combines waffles and doughnuts.
Last year, the comedian teamed up with Louis C.K. to film a tour in which all he did was crowd work, or engage the audience in improvised conversations.
Biographer Amanda Vaill's new book delves deep into the lives of journalists like Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, whose documenting of the war helped shape public perception.
NPR's TV critic, Eric Deggans, says one of the stronger elements of the limited return of Fox's 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland, is a woman who seems to be a step ahead of Jack Bauer.
Also: The novelist Will Self has declared the novel dead; the best books coming out this week.
Nellie Bly of the New York World was one of the most famous "girl stunt reporters" of her time. Now, the first ever edited collection of her work is being released, in honor of her 150th birthday.
Kurt Braunohler is now a successful working comedian, but for years he struggled to get work. In applying for one major role, he claimed that he could speak fluent German. That wasn't exactly true.