On this week's show, we chat about The Martian, consider other stories that enlighten us about the work people do, and — as always — offer up what's making us happy this week.
Geraldine Brooks' retelling of the biblical epic of King David casts him as larger than life — jester, predator, conqueror and poet. Critic Jean Zimmerman says Brooks "gives the whole king his due."
The Saturday Night Live executive producer says criticism of the show's perceived lack of diversity frustrated him, but that the perception needed to be addressed.
The New Orleans chef changed the way the world saw Louisiana cooking. He has died at the age of 75.
There are a large number of LGBT films in theaters this fall. NPR explores what that says about Hollywood and society in general.
Guy Maddin's latest is a patchwork of pastiches that ages and modifies film to emulate eras, styles and tropes to examine the oddities of the mind.
The latest horror movie to send up horror movies finds a group of teenagers living in a retro world where the cliche of the one virgin left alive threatens to be the end of them.
Do you really need to know what happened to Peter Pan before his life became magical? Pan suggests the answer is, "Not really."
Investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature Thursday. She is the first writer from Belarus to win the prize.
In an interview with New Yorker writer Emily Nussbaum Wednesday, NPR mistakenly characterized a segment on the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert as paid product placement. Both Taco Bell and Ben & Jerry's say they had nothing to do with the segment.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks about his new book, Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence.
Fiston Mwanza Mujila's novel, Tram 83, is a freewheeling tale about life in an imaginary place inspired by the author's home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Critic John Powers has a review.
British artist Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures melt and decay. "It's not about art," he says. "It's just about life, and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last."
West Egg on a Seabiscuit with Lady Marmalade―yum! For our final round, every correct answer is a word, phrase, or proper noun that contains the name of a breakfast food or beverage.
In this game we put our VIPs, The Milk Carton Kids, on the same team. Kenneth describes famous Seinfeld catchphrases to Joey, who must guess the line.
The word "sanction" can mean both "to approve or permit" and "to punish." Weird, huh? It's an example of a contronym: a word that can be its own opposite, or have two contradictory meanings.
In this game we uncover the dark secrets behind Disney's beloved animated films. We give a summary of the original story — guess the title of the watered-down Disney version.
Jonathan Coulton sings clues about famously solitary people set to songs about being alone.
We give clues from a film plus celebrity names for our contestants to combine.
Indie folk duo The Milk Carton Kids wishes you knew just how dark their band name is.