When the earthquake strikes — the big one that Californians have been warned about — Shy finds himself on a cruise ship serving towels to the wealthy patrons. But he's not out of harm's way. Matt de la Pena discusses his new novel, The Living, with NPR's Scott Simon.
Anselm Kiefer, a major figure in post-World War II German art, depicts war and its aftermath in his paintings and sculptures. Kiefer has pieces in many major collections, and now he's one of only two artists to have a dedicated building at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Archaeologists have discovered the oldest wine cellar known, and the personal stash was massive. It once stored enough vino to fill a hot tub. But these Bronze Age winemakers weren't just fermenting plain-old wine. They also got creative, infusing it with herbs and spices.
The Senate passed a major rules change Thursday that allows a simple majority instead of a super majority on Presidential nominations. One popular interpretation of the action is that it's the result of a failure by the country's politicians to work within the system. This week's Must Read, Master of the Senate by Robert Caro, left writer Drew Toal feeling that the system isn't actually broken.
With the invocation of the so-called "nuclear option," Senate Democrats moved to limit the power of the filibuster and dramatically change the nature of the institution. Many — on both sides — point to the maneuver as a sign of the system's failure. Writers Drew Toal and Kate Tuttle suggest books that might offer hope for us yet.
The days of mystery meat are far from over in the nation's school cafeterias. That's judging by an online project assembling thousands of photos of school lunches submitted by students from across the nation. But it's not all bad news: The images also show that in some cafeterias, change has already arrived.
Why do some of us believe, and some of us don't? Can our doubts bring our beliefs into sharper focus? And what is the difference between belief and faith? In this hour, TED speakers offer personal perspectives on belief from all ends of the spectrum, from ardent atheists to the devout faithful.
On this week's show, we bleep-ily tackle the topic of profanity in pop culture, and we chat about stories in movies and television that are rendered obsolete — or are they? — when the world changes around them. As always, we close with what's making us happy this week.