In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a singer who left her husband and kids decades ago to pursue her rock 'n roll dream. Reviewer David Edelstein says Streep "tears up the screen" in the film.
In his first two albums, the singer/rapper made music for lovers. Then came album No. 3: Voiceless Women.
Tom Williams' new collection digs into the experience of being multiracial, difficult to categorize in a society that likes to slap labels on people. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it vital and gutsy.
Despite a likable cast, the latest incarnation of the Marvel supergroup is needlessly dour.
Diablo Cody and Jonathan Demme offer a lovable portrait of a singer and guitarist in a better-than-average bar band.
As Stewart says goodbye to The Daily Show, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with the host. "I don't know that there will ever be anything that I will ever be as well-suited for," he said.
Jon Stewart hosts his last episode of The Daily Show tonight, after 16 years as TV's satirist supreme. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Stewart's barbs changed how people talk about politics and media.
Alice Hoffman's new novel is a fictionalized account of the painter's early life and family, including the eccentric mother who raised him on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas.
The famous 1978 Lufthansa robbery is a great crime story — it was even a plot point in GoodFellas. But a new book about the heist falls flat, hampered by purple prose and pointless details.
For decades virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg played his prized Stradivarius around the world. Then one day in 1980 it was snatched. Gone. But in June the FBI called his daughter with news.
He'd never drawn before. Then he was asked to depict the Colombian rain forest he knew so well. Naturalists cherish the ink-and-watercolor works of Abel Rodriguez. And so do art lovers.
To sell your artisanal products in Brooklyn these days, you need a good story. Meet the Timmy Brothers, a fictional Brooklyn pair who have "a thirst for helping people become less thirsty."
The storm marked a turning point for the school. Now, instead of focusing on historic preservation, it encourages students to design spaces with and for New Orleans' low-income neighborhoods.
We know that Shonda Rhimes doesn't want to talk about her legacy, that Olivia Pope is a questionable role model, and a few other things about Thursday nights on ABC.
Jeff Bartsch's new novel is about a brainy couple who, after meeting at a 1960s spelling bee, conduct their troubled love affair through secret clues in the crosswords they compose for newspapers.
Black Chalk hinges on a plot twist that we won't give away. But we will say it's the summer thriller we've been waiting for: about a teenage game that turns dangerous as its players become adults.
Baby showers, weddings, even meet-the-parent weekends don't have to include your actual loved ones, at least not in South Korea. A cottage casting industry exists to help fill your life-staging needs.
Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman has sold millions of copies, but some feel it has not lived up to the hype. A bookstore owner in Traverse City, Mich., is giving readers a refund — and an apology.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Jonah Ogles, editor of Outside Magazine, about adventure reads — summer books about survival. On his list: a tale of an 11-year-old who survives a plane crash.
Newbery Medal-winning author Rebecca Stead says her latest, Goodbye Stranger, is about love and how it helps a trio of seventh-grade girls stay friends through the challenges of middle school.