Unlike Jaws and Alien, whose creatures are soulless things to be destroyed, Godzilla resonates because of something that once defined the best monster movies — a sense of compassion for the monster.
On this week's show, we ponder the projects that arrive after an artist dies, from Kafka to Tupac. We take a look at a few people we're pulling for, and close with what's making us happy this week.
Our comics blogger, Glen Weldon, tees up all 57 of the offerings for this year's Free Comic Book Day and tells you which ones to try to lay your paws upon.
Also: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger wins the "Best Novel" prize at the Edgar Awards; a text-recognition program has a rather unfortunate flaw.
Director Amma Asante's new film is based on the real-life story of a biracial woman who grew up in an aristocratic English family — a story that was immortalized in a painting by Johann Zoffany.
The new film Whitewash finds Thomas Haden Church playing a man whose unfortunate accident with his snowplow reveals an entire off-kilter relationship.
Director Pawel Pawlikowski traces, with visuals reminiscent of silent film, the story of a woman who learns that her history is not everything she thought it might be.
Australian writer Ben Neutze, of The Daily Review, explains the differences between the original, Australian version of the TV show Rake and the version brought unsuccessfully to the U.S.
Weiner is currently writing and shooting the show's final episodes. He tells Fresh Air, "I'm going to be leaving these characters in a place where they belong."
Marc Webb's latest superhero sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, brings an utterly charming Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone to a film wildly overstuffed with villains, plots, and even more backstory.
Also: Saturday is Free Comic Book Day; Junot Diaz on the unbearable whiteness of most MFA programs.
For years, scarce copies of Laura London's 1984 romance The Windflower were treasured by readers. Reviewer Sarah Wendell hails its re-issue and explains the concept of "Good Book Noise."