Buttling — the proper term for what butlers do — is a booming vocation, mostly in emerging economies. The popularity of the PBS drama series Downton Abbey is helping to revitalize the status symbol.
Dignitaries like President Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah are scheduled to speak at the memorial service at Wake Forest University.
Tom Rachman has written a book for book lovers in The Rise and Fall of Great Powers. The best-selling novelist talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the difference between reading and literature.
The young adult novel, When Mr Dog Bites, is full of curse words and caused a stir when it was released in the U.K. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Brian Conaghan.
This week, bikers in the Northeast are flocking to Lake George, N.Y., for a rally called Americade. Some 50,000 visitors take to the streets in tattoos, leather jackets and revving engines.
Many readers know and love One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. But critic Juan Vidal suggests you not overlook Gabriel Garcia Marquez' dynamic, poetic short stories.
NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Orange Is The New Black returns after a very successful first season with a second season that continues to deepen the backstories of the inmates.
Since Gunn is always urging designers to "make it work," we've invited him to play a game called "You're never going to make that work."
Actress Laverne Cox has had huge success on Orange is the New Black. But breaking into acting as a tall trans woman of color wasn't a simple thing by any means.
The World Cup begins next week in Brazil. Before it gets going check out the work of an author who has spent decades writing about Latin America, and who has a particular affinity for soccer.
After playing Shrek, Austin Powers, and basement-dwelling Wayne Campbell, Myers follows up with a documentary about his agent, Shep Gordon — who also managed Wayne's beloved rock ghoul Alice Cooper.
Netflix's women-in-prison series, based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, returns Friday. Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Kerman and series creator Jenji Kohan.
The adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars — about two teens with cancer — is among the year's most anticipated films, but David Edelstein wasn't impressed.
A faulty air conditioning system spiked temperatures during the first game of the NBA finals, and the San Antonio Spurs took the win. The Barbershop guys talk sports, politics and pop culture.
Entrepreneur Richard Branson shares his vision for private, commercial space travel.
Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.
Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase makes the case for car-sharing as the solution to global gridlock.
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford describes how we can create a green future of smart roads and smart cars.
On this week's show, we take a tour of Book Expo, the publishing industry's massive trade show. Then we take a listener suggestion and discuss how culture helps us manage and survive times of grief.
Also: Ruth Graham says adults should be "embarrassed" to read YA novels; a judge ends Harper Lee's lawsuit against hometown museum.