Arts and Culture

Subscribe to Arts and Culture feed Arts and Culture
Art and entertainment commentary plus interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, comedy, and visual art. Subscribe to podcasts and follow trends in music, painting, art, architecture, photography, and design.
Updated: 32 min 29 sec ago

Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 3:41pm

James Garner, star of classic TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, died Saturday at age 86. TV critic Eric Deggans says he pioneered playing a new character: the "unhero."

» E-Mail This

When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 2:33pm

When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.

» E-Mail This

At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:40am

The British comedy troupe has reunited for what they say is the final time in Monty Python Live (Mostly). Fans around the world will watch the last show Sunday, either in London or via live stream.

» E-Mail This

James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:48am

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

» E-Mail This

The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

"There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.

» E-Mail This

How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:14am

Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19, 2014.)

» E-Mail This

Take A Ride On The Plural Side

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 7:03am

Two clues will be given. The first answer will be a brand name that sounds like it's plural; change the first letter to spell a new word that answers the second clue.

» E-Mail This

Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 6:03am

If you're looking for a cracking summer read, NPR's Madhulika Sikka says you absolutely must pick up Michael Koryta's thrill-a-minute new novel about a teenager on the run in the Montana woods.

» E-Mail This

An Elegant, Thoughtful Exploration Of Life In 'Two Italies'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:04am

Italian professor Joseph Luzzi's new memoir digs into the divisions in Italian society: north and south, poor and rich, and the question of his own complicated identity as an Italian American.

» E-Mail This

Television Critics Give Big Awards To 'Breaking Bad,' 'Orange Is The New Black'

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 8:22pm

On Saturday night, the Television Critics Association hands out its 30th annual round of awards, and the big winners are from cable TV, broadcast TV, and even new spaces entirely.

» E-Mail This

To Meet A 'Mockingbird:' Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:05pm

Marja Mills spent more than a year living next door to reclusive author Harper Lee and her sister. She documents that time in The Mockingbird Next Door. But Lee says she never authorized the book.

» E-Mail This

Author Finds The Human Side Of The IMF

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

Liaquat Ahamed's new book looks at one the world's most powerful international institutions. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks with NPR's Scott Simon about Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF.

» E-Mail This

Watch Out For That Butterfly: The Lure Of Literary Time Travel

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

As part of our summer Book Your Trip series, Petra Mayer delves into the mysteries of time travel: how do authors make it work? What's the appeal? And should you kill Hitler, if you get the chance?

» E-Mail This

Elaine Stritch: 'I'm Not Easy'

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

The legendary actress Elaine Stritch died this week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers her career and an interview he had with her earlier this year.

» E-Mail This

In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 6:08am

Obama does it. And increasingly, so do folks around the world. Why is the fist bump so popular? And do other cultures have similar gestures?

» E-Mail This

A Shot And A Book: How To Read In Bars

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 6:03am

It's the book critic's eternal dilemma: how do you fit all that reading into your daily life? Juan Vidal has an unusual solution: he gets his reading done in bars, preferably dark bars at mid-day.

» E-Mail This

With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:47am

Carolyn, 68, is ready to let go. Dying of cancer, she tries to get her nurse to assist in her suicide. Playwright Chisa Hutchinson drew on real-life inspirations for this dark comedy's characters.

» E-Mail This

Not My Job: French Laundry Chef Thomas Keller Gets Quizzed On Actual Laundry

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 7:34pm

Keller has done pretty well running a restaurant called The French Laundry, but how many clothes has he cleaned? We'll find out.

» E-Mail This

Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:35pm

Since October thousands of children attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border have been taken into custody. Author Kate Bernheimer recommends a book to help reflect on the lives of these children.

» E-Mail This

In 'Wish I Was Here,' Well-Covered Territory And Familiar Pitfalls

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:54pm

Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here feels like a spiritual descendant to his Garden State. As much as it shares his sensibilities, it also shares some of the earlier film's weaknesses.

» E-Mail This

Pages

©2014 WLRH PUBLIC RADIO

Address

WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions

Phone

LOCAL:
(256) 895-9574

TOLL-FREE:
(800) 239-9574