Down Syndrome and two major surgeries couldn't stop Hema Ramaswamy, who turned to classical Indian dance as a form of artistic and physical healing.
Actor Ron Perlman, the Beast in the TV show Beauty and the Beast, has also appeared in several other movie roles where we couldn't really see his face. So why not quiz him on fashion models?
Timothy Shriver's new memoir is a look at the inspirational people he met as chairman of the Special Olympics. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shriver about his book, Fully Alive.
The mansion featured in the The Godfather is on the market for nearly $3 million. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Joseph Profaci, the realtor who is selling the house.
Bill and Camille Cosby have loaned more than 60 pieces of art to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the Cosbys about their collection.
Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese so much he brought it home to Virginia from Europe. The American Plate reveals these and other stories behind America's most beloved foods.
Charles D'Ambrosio's new essay collection wanders through topics journalistic and personal; reviewer Annalisa Quinn says it delivers a primal pleasure of reading: the feeling of being understood.
Sir Roger Moore has played James Bond more than any other actor; his new memoir One Lucky Bastard chronicles a life spent working and laughing with stars — and learning how to kiss from Lana Turner.
This week Spain's northeast region voted in favor of independence. But the results weren't recognized by the Spanish government. The situation reminds poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips of a favorite book.
Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman's latest documentary takes audiences behind-the-scenes at London's National Gallery and delves into the stories being told in paintings. Wiseman tells NPR's Robert Siegel what he learned and how he goes about filmmaking.
NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews two serious films based on real-life events — Foxcatcher, which stars comedian Steve Carrell, and Rosewater, directed by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart.
The film is based on du Pont's fraught relationship with two Olympic wrestlers. Wealth isn't enough — his identity hinges on winning. It's a fascinating case study, but as drama, it's one sick joke.
Set in the geriatric extended-care wing of a California hospital, Getting On is a different kind of workplace comedy. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer adapted the show from a BBC series.
In the run-up to the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, authors have written open letters to several imperiled authors around the world. Also: A recap of the truce between Amazon and Hachette.
Psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral — the key is to understand why we depend on it, and recognize when it leads us astray.
Educator and poet Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator." She unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family, and colleagues.
Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances.
Iranian-American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani describes a comic's role in challenging stereotypes — especially when it comes to Middle Eastern Muslims in America.
Playwright and performer Sarah Jones has a chameleon-like ability to change personas. Through these personas, she explores the fine line between stereotyping and celebrating different ethnic groups.
On this week's show, we wonder whether it's ever too late to revisit the past and we dive into some divides that cut deep.