David Simon, perhaps television's greatest chronicler of institutional inertia, brings a painful and complex story of 1980s local politics to the network where he made The Wire.
The country singer and songwriter has shared many songs of woe. So we asked him three questions about Matthieu Ricard, a blissful Buddhist monk.
Our Summer of Love rolls on with a roundup of romance manga. Japanese comic books can be a daunting field to enter — but we've picked three of the sweetest for your summer reading pleasure.
Author Adam Johnson won the Pulitzer in 2013 for his novel The Orphan Master's Son. Now, he's branching out to places as diverse as Louisiana and East Germany in a new collection of short stories.
Don't be fooled by museums' strong attendance numbers, says professor Michael Lewis. He argues today's art world is a Potemkin village, whose gleaming facades mask an indifference for the art itself.
NPR TV critic Eric Deggans reviews the anticipated new HBO show from The Wire's David Simon, Show Me a Hero.
Williams College professor Michael J. Lewis has an article in Commentary Magazine titled How Art Became Irrelevant. He tells NPR's Scott Simon that museums have become cathedrals for architects.
A restaurant in Toronto dives deep into centuries-old recipes to re-imagine what native Canadian cuisine means. It's part of a movement among chefs exploring heritage and identity through food.
Readers everywhere are rediscovering the work of Brazil's Clarice Lispector. Critic Juan Vidal calls Lispector a singular artist, whose newly collected stories linger in the mind like poetry.
The British director has rebooted The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the much-loved television show from the 1960s. His new film gives American agent Napoleon Solo and Soviet spy Illya Kuryakin new backstories.
A new musical by Tony nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen is a comedic drama that deals with teen suicide in the age of social media.
NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read listener letters, including reaction to an interview about boatloads of migrants washing up on the Greek Island of Chios, and a Bob Mondello piece about good movies to cool you off on a hot summer's day.
Mona Eltahawy says as a female in Saudi Arabia you have two options: "To lose your mind or become a feminist." Rafia Zakaria says it's crucial to reclaim the identity of the modern Muslim woman.
The star of the The End of the Tour may be best known for his "bromance" films. "These kind of buddy movies are allowing men to open up a little bit," Segel says. Originally broadcast March 23, 2009.
In 1996, Wallace's novel Infinite Jest was a critical and popular success. The new movie The End of The Tour recreates the author's tour for that book. Originally broadcast March 5, 1997.
NPR film critic Bob Mondello remembers the first movie he ever saw in a theater — Sleeping Beauty — and what it meant to him.
David Simon's new HBO mini-series, Show Me a Hero, examines racial biases in New York City's public housing laws. Critic David Bianculli says, "This 25-year-old true story couldn't seem more timely."
The 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the fastest fundraising efforts in history. Nancy Frates recounts how her love for her son Pete plunged her into leading a worldwide awareness campaign.
After setting a new personal goal, often your first instinct is to tell someone. But entrepreneur Derek Sivers says you're better off keeping it to yourself.
Actor and writer Julia Sweeney says parenting has always made her feel like an amateur — but especially when her 8-year-old started asking some smart questions about animal reproduction.