Author Elizabeth Green argues that effective teaching is a craft, not a skill teachers have naturally. She says teachers need more mentorship — not just more mandates.
The preservation of Yiddish as a spoken language gets more attention, but Yiddish once had a vibrant written tradition as well, filled with plays, poetry, novels and political tracts.
The key to getting a good soft pretzel to brown properly is to dip it in a lye solution, the same stuff that's used to make soap. But a German mom insists it takes much more than that.
NPR's Petra Mayer sees the sights at San Diego Comic-Con with Magicians Trilogy author Lev Grossman — and discusses what happens when wizardly kids have to face an adult world, without mentors.
Gabriel Weston is an ear, nose and throat surgeon. She says writing Dirty Work — about an obstetrician-gynecologist who performs abortions — made her more sensitive to all sides of the debate.
Film isn't dead — not yet, at least. Kodak recently announced that it will keep making film stock for motion pictures despite a dramatic drop in sales, after a handful of high-profile directors advocated for it. But, since the medium's days may yet be numbered, it's worth asking what film can offer that digital media can't.
Douglas Preston wrote an open letter supporting book publisher Hachette in its dispute with Amazon, which has since spread among his readers and throughout the literary community. More than 900 other writers have signed on, including John Grisham and Stephen King.
Critic Bob Mondello says The Dog, a quirky, eye-opening documentary about the bank robber who inspired Dog Day Afternoon, will leave you "alternately amused and slack-jawed in astonishment."
John Michael McDonagh's new movie stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest who must eventually face off against a killer. It's excruciatingly obvious and inept, but Gleeson brings it alive.
His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own story. Originally broadcast Sept. 9, 2013.
NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax medical show makes an unusual decision for a period drama: it looks seriously at race in America.
Parabens are chemical preservatives. I've spent years trying to avoid them in beauty products, but I'm not sure why. When I saw them on a nutrition label recently, I decided to investigate.
On this week's show, we talk about the runaway success of Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy and tentatively poke around the matter of the "so bad it's good" film, including — yes — storms of sharks.
Also: James Patterson pretends to be Jeff Bezos; journalist and author Jim Frederick has died.
The creator of Buffy and the Avengers movie is immensely talented, and critic Bob Mondello says Amy Pascale's belligerently upbeat biography might have benefited from his eye for detail and nuance.
20 years ago, Diana Gabaldon's time-travel epic Outlander shot to the top of the bestseller lists — and stayed there. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates digs into the enduring potency of Gabaldon's magic.
In 2011, a macaque took over wildlife photographer David Slater's camera — and took a striking image. Now Slater is clashing with Wikimedia over who owns it.
Aaron McGruder's Black Jesus premieres Thursday night on Adult Swim, and it features a Christ who drops f-bombs and drinks 40s. So is it sacrilege or subversive? Some biblical scholars weigh in.
Mirren stars as a French restaurant owner in The Hundred-Foot Journey, a film about food, family and the clash of cultures. She says during her first 20 years in film, sets were "very locker roomy."
What If, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, may not be exactly new in its presentation of an impossibly adorable love story, but it introduces some genuine pleasures of its own.