Broadway's Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton, joins us to talk about the show's meteoric rise and his path to Broadway as a high school student.
With the help of Leslie Odom Jr., Jonathan retools Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," to be about THINGS THAT YOU CAN SHAKE. Such as, your groove thing.
This year the task of coming up with a birthday cake fit for a queen fell to Nadiya Hussain, the winner of the most recent season of the wildly popular TV show The Great British Bake Off.
References to obscure foods abound in Shakespeare. Know your codlings from carbonadoes? Your umbles from jumbles? We crack open Renaissance cookbooks to figure out how to feast like the Bard.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Jonathon Keats on his book, You Belong to the Universe, which looks at famed inventor Buckminster Fuller.
Richard Kadrey kicks off a new series about a magic-immune thief in a magic-soaked Los Angeles with The Everything Box. It's a madcap ride in which the end of humanity is just the beginning.
Seventy-four-year-old author Arlene Heyman discusses her debut short-story collection, which focuses on the sex lives and intimate relationships of characters in their 60s and 70s.
Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says Ian McGuire's The North Water and Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara de Vos are suspenseful historical novels that may just give readers nightmares.
The Phenom follows a major league pitcher who finds himself suddenly unable to pitch and troubled by his history with his abusive father, played by Ethan Hawke.
Steve Toutonghi's new novel imagines an America where people can fuse their psyches together and share a single body — but the story's compelling urgency is sometimes buried in exposition and theory.
In 2014, archivists were combing through Pablo Neruda's files when they came upon some unknown works. These writings have been translated into English and are now being published in a new collection.
Actress Doris Roberts was best known for playing an overbearing yet lovable mother on Everybody Loves Raymond. NPR has a remembrance of the 90-year-old character actress, who died this week.
Can I Eat That? by food critic Joshua David Stein gets young readers curious about their food. And it's fun for adults, too!
The eggplant and peach emoji are standard code for racy thoughts these days, but food has been used for sexual innuendo for centuries. Shakespeare was a pro. (Happy Shakespeare Week!)
Le Carré's 1993 novel comes to life in a six-part AMC series. John Powers says the show, which jets from Egyptian streets to posh Alpine lodges, is one of the most enjoyable thrillers he's seen on TV.
The co-star of the X-Files discusses his novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, about a son reuniting with his absentee father. Duchovny earned a master's degree in literature before starting his TV career.
Rachel Tunnard's first feature, Adult Life Skills, finds ways to expand on the familiar formula of the frustrated, frustrating misfit trying to grow up.
Graham Swift's slim, incantatory new novel centers around young Jane, a maid on a rural estate, and the day in 1924 that unexpectedly alters the trajectory of her life.
When James McBride, a National Book Award winner for his fiction, decided to write an entire book about James Brown, he wanted to push beyond the hype and racism he says haunts Brown's legacy.
DiCamillo says Raymie Nightingale, the 10-year-old protagonist at the heart of her latest novel, is a lot like she was as a child: "Very introverted, watching, worrying, wondering, but also hopeful.