John Corey Whaley is the author of the YA novels "Noggin" and "Highly Illogical Behavior. For our series "Next Chapter," he tells us about how he struggled with feeling isolated at college.
In the 1880s, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse battled over control of America's nascent electrical system. Graham Moore tells their story in The Last Days of Night.
Carolyn Parkhurst's new novel is told entirely from female perspectives; a mother and two troubled daughters. But the book really revolves around what's going on in the head of one man.
Jake Reiss, owner of Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, Ala., recommends James McBride's Kill 'Em and Leave, Don Keith's Mattie C.'s Boy and Joshua Hammer's The Bad-Ass Librarians Of Timbuktu.
"Reigning Men" is the name of an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that traces 300 years of men's fashions — from the trousers that became a defining symbol of the French Revolution to the latest from Savile Row.
Historian Mary Beard says many of our popular notions about the empire are based on culture rather than fact. Her new book is called SPQR. Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2015.
Two masked robbers clean out small branches of a Texas bank in David Mackenzie's new neo-Western. Critic David Edelstein calls Hell or High Water a work of "broad scale and deep feeling."
In her latest role, Streep plays a real-life laughingstock who fancied herself an opera singer.
Every answer contains an object that can be found in a kitchen. For example, to "Star of Legally Blonde who won an Academy Award for her role in Walk the Line," you'd say, "Reese WitherSPOON."
To celebrate Ehle's two Tony wins and Sachs' cinephilia, we curated a challenge in which the worlds of stage and screen collide.
In this game, contestants insert the letter 'E' into a common phrase to turn it into a completely different phrase.
For Doré's special challenge, we read quotes from famous people, and she must guess if they're about Paris, or New York City.
We took the Tears for Fears hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and rewrote it to be about power-hungry fictional characters and organizations.
The German language has a lot of long, crazily specific words. We give contestants words and their definitions, and they have to figure out: are these real German words, or words we made up?
Contestants guess the piece of classic children's literature based on imagined hoity-toity reviews.
Kat Chow and Gene Demby join the show for thoughts on a groundbreaking Cartoon Network series and various card and board games. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.
Director David Mackenzie's film about two brothers who rob banks while being chased by Texas Rangers is small, solid and sharply-observed.
David Lowery's remake of a minor 1977 Disney feature improves on the original by dialing down the slapstick and dialing up the humanity — and the tears.
Meryl Streep stars in a new biopic about a much-mocked (but well-financed) amateur opera singer whose love of music sustains her — and the film.
Ain't no party like a Sausage Party 'cause a Sausage Party don't stop ... being blithely offensive. But this animated film for adult audiences is made with true passion and technical skill.