Tanwi Nandini Islam's debut novel is an understated queer coming-of-age tale, set in a vividly-portrayed Brooklyn brownstone whose residents all ache for some kind of home they've never been to.
After moving to the U.S. in 1906, Kuniyoshi became a prize-winning artist. But with World War II, things changed. "When he walked down the street," says one curator, "he looked like the enemy."
When you're yelling on the Internet, it's hard to remember that there's a real person on the receiving end. But comedian Chris Gethard recently connected with a kid who sent him a foul-mouthed tweet.
In this hour, Ask Me Another gets in the car for a road trips favorites edition.
Who needs a map when you can put your geography skills to the test with some terrestrial-themed trivia? Then sing along with Jonathan Coulton as he takes a turn with a John Mayer classic.
Are we there yet? Wrap up with a set of games that'll get you through those final hours of a cross-country drive. Plus, indie band Lake Street Dive reveals how they pass the time on the tour bus.
Some scientists carry on the tradition of eating the animals or plants they study: leeches, tadpoles, 30,000-year-old bison. Darwin did it first, but why do it at all? Call it all-consuming curiosity.
Explorer and activist Bell is best remembered today for helping create the modern state of Iraq. A smartly-edited new collection of her writings presents a fascinating (if not always smooth) portrait.
The simple napkin has a surprisingly complex history. The masterful table centerpieces of the Renaissance were rich in status and meaning.
Colin Atrophy Hagendorf decided to review a plain slice of pizza from every joint in Manhattan — a project that evolved into a two-fisted memoir of his own life and struggles with substance abuse.
Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss the latest attempt to turn the Marvel Comics super-team into a blockbuster film franchise.
Before her death in 2014, author Denise Inge took a spiritual journey to bone houses throughout Europe. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the resulting book, The Tour of Bones, is "strange and chaotic."
In Do Not Sell At Any Price, Amanda Petrusich details the extreme measures collectors take in pursuit of rare 78s. "You can still find quite a few of them around at junk shops," she says.
The billionaire businessman and GOP presidential frontrunner wants to "Make America Great Again!" But much of how he plans to do that is still a mystery.
Angélica Gorodischer's episodic, lyrical new novel follows (in a meandering sort of way) the magically-tinged lives of a motley cast of boarders in a house that once belonged to a famous German poet.
A new novel, The Water Knife, doesn't take the easy way out but, instead, asks questions about the mutations of human institutions under the pressure of global warming, says commentator Adam Frank.
Nalo Hopkinson's new collection mixes up her Afro-Caribbean influences with classic literature and historical fantasy. Critic Jason Heller says her stories dazzle with a hard-won sense of hope.
Poet Elizabeth Alexander's new book is a memoir of her life with her husband, who died three years ago. During her book tour, readers began giving her keepsakes that helped her work through her grief.
The elaborate, idiosyncratic Netflix series, created by the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski, has at least one more season to spin its world-spanning story. Where should it go next?
Chances are, it's hot out wherever you are. NPR film critic Bob Mondello talks about movies that will help you chill out on a summer day.