The hashtag resurfaced this year as a protest against the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees. The woman who started it, April Reign, explains her frustrations — and her hopes for the future.
Finland hosts the World Science Fiction Convention in 2017 — but if you can't make it to Helsinki, hit the library: more and more Finnish speculative fiction authors are getting English translations.
NPR's Rachel Martin asks professor Staci Simonich if it's okay to eat snow. Also, our listeners called in with some of their favorite recipes using freshly fallen snow.
Why do we love to read about dying? NPR's Rachel Martin asks critic Michelle Dean about the enduring popularity of books like "The Last Lecture" and "Tuesdays with Morrie."
NPR's Rachel Martin notes an art installation, of sorts, by Tim Grotting. During the winter, the Minneapolis resident freezes pants and sets them upright in his neighborhood.
Author Sari Wilson's new novel follows a young dancer in New York City in the 1970s, and a grown professor of dance years later — both of whom find their lives upended by dangerous relationships.
Bill Bryson follows up his classic travelogue Notes From A Small Island 20 years later — older, grayer, and definitely crankier. It's a charming trip, though marred by a little too much grumpiness.
Whenever artist Vanessa German worked on her porch, kids asked if they could help. Now, in a neighborhood struggling with poverty and crime, she's created a place where they can make art of their own.
Lee Siegel, author of Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence, wanted his biography to uncover the real man behind the iconic mustache. What Siegel found, he says, was "a thoroughgoing misanthrope."
It's a little hard to play Not My Job this week because technically Thomas Perez's job is all the jobs.
When a San Francisco-based choreographer decided to take turf dancers off of the streets and trains of Oakland and put them on stage with ballet dancers, chaos ensued. Until she let them all improv together.
The Blue Line follows a woman who is detained during Argentina's Dirty War. Betancourt says writing the novel helped her process the years she spent as a captive of Colombian revolutionaries.
The people in charge of the Oscars have announced reforms to increase diversity in their organization and in the awards. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Neda Ulaby.
Elliott Chaze's classic 1953 noir about an escaped prisoner, a secretive blonde and one last big heist has just been reissued. Critic Michael Schaub says Chaze's writing stands out from the pulp pack.
"People want a villain," says actor David Duchovny. "They want a reason, they want a cabal, they want a conspiracy." He and Gillian Anderson co-star in six new episodes of The X-Files.
Following criticism of the lack of diversity in this year's Oscar nominations, the academy has voted to approve changes aimed at doubling the number of women and people of color by 2020.
Experts say picture books that whitewash the history of slavery are just a symptom of an adult society. How can we explain it to kids, they argue, if we can't talk about it ourselves?
"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Originally broadcast April 20, 2015.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reunite in Fox's six-episode revival of its famous science fiction series. TV critic David Bianculli says the new the X-Files is worth investigating.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reunite in Fox's six-episode revival of its famous science fiction series. TV critic David Bianculli says the new X-Files is worth investigating.