In 1972, the country tried some novel fundraising: selling postage stamps embossed with a playable recording. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with journalist Chris May who wrote about the oddity.
Numbers show more authors are finding it hard to make a living income. Fresh off of fighting the Google Books case, the Authors Guild is now taking on author contracts in an open letter to publishers.
Megan O'Keefe kicks off a new fantasy series with Steal the Sky, an adventure set in an arid land where rare-element powered airships sail above mining towns packed with charming crooks and con men.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks to director J.J. Abrams about making the movie; he says he feels an 'enormous relief that it's out in the world.' Warning: This will not be a spoiler-free conversation!
Courrèges opened his fashion house in 1961 and helped transform women's pants from casual clothing to a haute couture item, while defining the wildly popular space-age aesthetic of the era.
This week, we look back on American Idol as it prepares to finally take its gargantuan self out to the place where old shows live happily in retirement. Plus: a new round of People We're Pulling For.
For Amanda Burden, a city is defined by its public spaces. The former city commissioner of New York City explains why a promenade, a park or even a park bench, are vital to a city's ability to thrive.
Fast-growing cities are often riddled with violence, drug trafficking and unemployment. Security researcher Robert Muggah explains how some cities are using new approaches to address these problems.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says mayors are in a position to accomplish a great deal, because they're locals. They can see a city the way "people who are most in need of help see it," he says.
Political theorist Benjamin Barber argues that cities and city mayors are the key to bypassing political gridlock and solving many of our global challenges.
Mapping apps find the fastest route. But what are you missing along the way? Computer scientist Daniele Quercia describes how "happy maps" can give you the most beautiful route.
Monique Pressley is called "masterful" in her public message. She hits the spotlight of the Bill Cosby case after a career as a defense attorney, prosecutor and religion-based broadcaster.
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Cate Blanchett about playing the title character in Carol, which tells the story of two women who fall in love in 1950s New York.
Writer-director Ross Partridge also stars in this story of a man who, for reasons of his own, fixates on a young girl he meets in a parking lot.
Romanian writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu follows two men using a metal detector to find riches a family once buried.
Sam Waterston stars in this ensemble piece that frustratingly refuses to reveal connections between its many stories until it's too late to engage viewers.
Lord of the Flies becomes Ruler of the Winged Insects in this final round where every correct answer is one of Modern Library's Top 100 English Language Novels of All Time.
Guess which electoral hopefuls uttered these unfortunate quotations.
Todd Margaret's David Cross describes his inspiration for Tobias Fünke (his character on Arrested Development).
For this game we turn a very complicated song into a very complicated game. House musician Jonathan Coulton sings our version of Blink 182's "All the Small Things," which is about...yes, small things.