Universities have changed significantly since the Middle Ages. James Axtell describes just how far higher education has come in his new book, Wisdom's Workshop.
Robert Hellenga's new collection contains nine searching, mature stories about grand passions, fleeting romantic adventures, and facing the end of life with few illusions.
Someone has been using Lego blocks to repair the corner of a crumbling brick building in Boston. Reporter Tovia Smith set out to investigate who this person is and what else he has been up to.
Is Vinyl's latest fictionalized New York music character a tribute to Jobriath, the post-Bowie 'space clown' who was rock's first openly homosexual performer?
An architect looked at communities that serve older adults, and didn't like what he saw. By changing habits earlier in life, he says, we can create vibrant communities that will sustain us.
We started a conversation about food and race. Who gets to cook and become the face of a culture's cuisine? While our question was prompted by an interview with Rick Bayless, the issue transcends him.
Chef Nephi Craig of the Apaches in the Kitchen blog reflects on what the "mainstream" culinary world has to learn about Native foodways.
April is National Poetry Month. And the audience is sending All Things Considered original poems in 140 characters or less on Twitter. Here's an update from the curators who have been reading along.
Author Ted Genoways traces the origins of canned spam in his book The Chain; Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food.
Rashod Ollison's memoir Soul Serenade is a coming-of-age story and playlist combined. He says he "could always tell" his mother's mood "by which Aretha Franklin song was on."
After a blog post goes viral, Rachel Martin catches up with Kellye Nakahara of M*A*S*H, whose role was a favorite for many. Her fans still say she broke barriers and made them smile.
Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander's newest effort is a novel about a 12-year-old boy, that's written in verse. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin that poetry is a surefire way to reach kids.
Carlos Giménez's graphic novel Paracuellos is an unflinching memoir of his time in the orphanages of Franco's Spain; it makes the experiences of a few boys in the 1950s inescapably universal.
Sports columnist John Feinstein talks about his new book, The Legends Club, which follows the rivalry and friendship between three of college basketball's biggest coaches in the '80s.
For National Poetry Month, All Things Considered asked listeners to tweet poems of their own — including the rhyme that tops this story. The plot thickened when a high school English class jumped in.
Since horror author R.L. Stine isn't the only famous R.L. out there, we've invited him to answer three questions about fashion mogul Ralph Lauren, who was born Ralph Lifshitz.
Don Cheadle personifies jazz genius Miles Davis in his new film "Miles Ahead." Badass black men rarely show up as leads in mainstream movies.
Jack Reynolds turns 104 on April 6th. To mark the occasion, and to raise money for charity, he's getting his very first tattoo. NPR's Scott Simon asks him about his late-in-life first.
A new study points out that people who are sensitive to typos and grammatical errors aren't that well liked.
Edna O'Brien's new book is set in a little Irish village disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger, a war criminal in hiding whose murderous hands can heal as well as kill.