Author Michael Cunningham was fascinated by fairy tales as a child — but he always wondered what happened after the story ended. His new collection, The Wild Swan, tries to answer that question.
Oscar Hijuelos' posthumously published novel puts fictional flesh on the real-life friendship between Mark Twain and the explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a "great tale."
Moira Walley-Beckett penned one of Breaking Bad's most beloved episodes. Perhaps it should be no surprise, then, that her new ballet drama Flesh and Bone brings ominous darkness to the dance floor.
The Carson campaign recently dropped a rap ad aimed at young black voters. Aspiring Mogul, the rapper behind the track, explains his inspiration — and his reaction to harsh responses on social media.
Florida State University Professor Diane Roberts talks about her book "Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America" which examines the communities of rabid fans around college football.
Donald Trump will host Saturday Night Live tonight, despite protests from Hispanic groups who are angry about his criticisms of immigrants.
Actress and singer Lea Salonga remembers a chaotic audition for the role of Annie at age 8. An allergy attack and untrained dog gave her the confidence to lead a Broadway show.
Telling the story of a young girl's attempts to connect with an old man she spots living on the moon, a Christmas ad from British retailer John Lewis has sparked tears, views, and a bit of criticism.
Adnan Syed has been granted a hearing to let his lawyers present a possible alibi, and to probe both "alleged prosecutorial misconduct" and the competence of Syed's original attorney.
Cindy Crawford obviously knows everything there is to know about modeling. But what about scale modeling? You know, building those detailed miniature versions of things? We'll find out.
Actor Mary Louise Parker has written a memoir, Dear Mr. You, in the form of letters to important men in her life — among them her beloved father and the accountant who had to tell her she was broke.
Washington D.C. punk legend Ian Svenonius veers from anarchist tirade to Swiftian satire in this new essay collection, which takes aim at tipping, Ikea, censorship, music and yes, NPR too.
George Barris, who created the Batmobile through his work customizing cars, has died.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Jon Meacham about his biography of George H.W. Bush, which includes the elder Bush's criticism of his son's administration when it came to the second war in Iraq.
Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg won the Oscar for their sound work on Skyfall. Now they're back with the new James Bond movie, Spectre. NPR's Becky Sullivan talks to the pair about just what a sound editor does.
Cranston used tapes of the writer to study his speech patterns and smoking habit. Then he put on glasses and a mustache, and he says, "I [started] to see that man." His new film is called Trumbo.
A new film chronicles the real-life team of reporters who exposed a network of pedophile priests and Church enablers in Boston. Critic David Edelstein calls Spotlight a brilliant work.
In his book, Easy Street (The Hard Way), actor Ron Perlman describes himself as having a face "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind." Originally broadcast Sept. 22, 2014.
Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Originally broadcast Sept. 29, 2014.
Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon explains how the more he talked about his depression, the more others wanted to tell their own stories.