Hamilton, the hottest ticket on Broadway, is a musical about the decidedly un-hot topic of his crucial role in U.S. economics. What can we learn about debt and the dollar through rhymes and R&B?
Everett praises Wyoming, where many of his new stories are set, for being "so sparsely populated." And he says the outdoors aren't dangerous — human voices in the wilderness are far scarier.
Kelly Carlin, George Carlin's daughter, released a new memoir called A Carlin Home Companion, about growing up as the only daughter of one of the greatest comedians of all time.
Jackie Collins, best-selling author of pulpy fiction, has died of breast cancer at the age of 77. Freelance journalist Annalisa Quinn tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer about Collins' influence.
With wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest, festival organizers must frequently assess the air quality for the safety of the audience and performers. Six shows have been cancelled so far.
NPR's Linda Wertheimer interviews Thomas Mallon about his new work of historical fiction. No crowns or bodices here: The book is called Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years.
All hail the return of our favorite medieval advice columnist, who is here to get us through the back-to-school season, including helping us dress for photos and pull all-nighters.
Long before playing the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Patrick was a house painter in Ohio. Then a near-death boating accident made him realize he needed to pursue his dreams.
Empire — a drama about an African-American family, a rare thing on broadcast TV — has had stellar ratings. As Season 2 begins, Ilene Chaiken talks about entertainment value and cultural impact.
Chinelo Okparanta's new novel follows a Nigerian girl as she grows up during a violent civil war and struggles to come to terms with her sexuality.
The biggest honors in television will be handed out Sunday night. This year's ceremony comes at a turning point for the awards and the TV industry in general.
Author Mary Karr discusses the faults of memory and the challenges of writing about loved ones. Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Weber preaches a Gospel of love to junkies, drag queens and outsiders.
Not My Job is the game where we quiz well-known people about things that they wouldn't have any reason to know anything about. We'll see how Tom Ricketts fares.
The Greek tragedy Medea has been rewritten for the modern age. Mojada: A Medea, running in LA, is set in Southern California and involves a border crossing, a garment worker and a straying husband.
After more than half a century, Sabado Gigante, or "Gigantic Saturday," is going off the air. For years, the variety show was one of the few "family" shows broadcast across the Spanish-speaking world.
The columnist could write like an angel — and bite like an asp. In a new biography, John Norris recounts McGrory's first big break and the proposition she received from a Democratic president.
A survey from the Authors Guild reveals a 30 percent decline in author income since 2009. "You used to be able to make an absolutely living wage as a writer," says Guild President Roxana Robinson.
Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier's new comic is a B-movie type portrait of college life interrupted by the arrival of alien beetles who feed on the shallowest kids.
It's tough to see Jason deCaires Taylor's sculptures firsthand — unless you have scuba gear. Most of them rest under the sea. His latest work is fully visible only when the tide of the Thames recedes.
Blunt says Hollywood creates films with teenage boys in mind and wants that to change. She's now starring in Sicario as an FBI agent investigating a drug cartel along the U.S.-Mexico border.