Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inwards and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in.
Richard K. Morgan's epic sword-and-planet (and alien technology) Land Fit For Heroes series is a good introduction to grimdark, a subgenre that aims to show the gritty underside of fantasy fiction.
J. Ivy says his father grew up in pain and passed that pain on to the next generation. In his new book, he says that forgiveness is an ongoing act — and you must constantly remember to forgive again.
Loud noises, bright lights and crowded spaces can be painful for children with autism. That often means missing out on museums. Some, like Seattle's Pacific Science Center, are addressing the problem.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into "bubble-ville" and "Bubba-ville," a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.
Clinton, the founding father of funk, is the creator of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic. We'll ask him three questions about another kind of parliament — namely, the British parliament.
From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed.
Painter's daughter Esther Freud weaves her own experiences into the story of a lonely little boy in a British seacoast town, who befriends the great Art Nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Kohaku Uta Gassen is a popular singing competition with roots in Japan. It came to the U.S. with a generation of immigrants from that country, and Denver's Kohaku is still thriving today.
Reviewer Jason Sheehan says Mo Yan's Frog is not without issues, but still offers a thoughtful tale of a dark era in modern Chinese history, touched with humor and occasional magic.
Audie Cornish speaks with film reporter Steve Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times about the trends, breakouts and mood at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
For the first half of the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins dominated pop music. By the the 1950s, tastes had changed, and the music changed with them.
American Sniper, based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has been a surprise hit at the box office. But as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, some say the movie misrepresents Kyle and glorifies war.
The president didn't stray far from his talking points, but the questions were surprisingly candid anyway.
On this week's show, the Comedy Central half-hour Broad City and the many hours we spent reading classics because we had to. (And sometimes wanted to.)
"Secrets...can be shocking, or silly, or soulful," says Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret. He shares a few of the half-million secrets that strangers have sent him on postcards.
Equality advocate Ash Beckham offers a fresh story about empathy and openness — and it involves pancakes.
When the U.S. team beat the USSR during the 1980 Olympics, it was dubbed the "miracle on ice." Red Army profiles the Russian athletes and their place in the Soviet Union's propaganda machine.
Every year at the Miss Universe pageant, things get a little bit amazing.
When Hostess Brands declared bankruptcy, Jennifer Steinhauer started preparing for the snack food apocalypse. Among the foods she tackled was a pink treat she had no respect for — the Sno Ball.