HBO's True Blood is a prime example of a TV show that kept going long after it should have ended. Why is it that some shows stay on air well after they've run out of creative juice?
Critic Bob Mondello takes a look at two very different films, both adapted from stage plays to screen by two very cinematic directors — Roman Polanski and Clint Eastwood.
David Gilbert tells the story of a famous, aging writer whose children do not feel as warmly toward him as his readers do. Originally broadcast July 23, 2013.
Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.
On this week's show, we chat about the ubiquitous buddy film and the matter of how culture makes first impressions on us.
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.
The power of the placebo has been consistently proven in medicine. Magician Eric Mead extends that idea to magic, pulling off a gruesome trick that's so convincing, you'll cringe.
Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills.
We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.
Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.
Also: an excerpt from Marilynne Robinson's next novel; the problem of translating Proust.
Megan Abbott was riveted by stories of a bizarre illness that seemed to consume the town of Le Roy, N.Y., in 2012. Her new book uses pieces of that true story to explore the mysteries of adolescence.
Poetry has deep roots in music — in fact, in some cultures, poetry and song are the same word. Edward Hirsch, author of A Poet's Glossary, explains how poets use rhythm to reach their readers.
Emmy nominations can be tough time for a TV critic — so much of the work of choosing winners is done in the nominating process, which ends today. Eric Deggans has a few suggestions for Emmy voters.
Star Wars creator George Lucas wants to build a museum full of movie memorabilia and fine art. But where? His hometown of San Francisco and Chicago, his "second home," are both vying for it.
A biographical portrait of the man who urged Sweden to heed the dangers posed by Hitler wisely resists the urge to divide us into gods and monsters.
Norte, the End of History examines the aftermath of a crime for which the wrong man is punished.
Director Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys can be engaging and comic, but also often feels a little underdone.
Paul Haggis revisits the multi-threaded structure he used in the Oscar-winning Crash, but he winds up creating a puzzle not much worth solving.
A new film by Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis has drawn some scathing reviews. But he and actress Moran Atias defend the film as a puzzle — one story told with three sets of characters.