Whenever writer Yiyun Li feels guilty about her parenting choices, she turns to Peanuts for refuge, holding on to the comforting comic strip as tightly as Linus clutches his security blanket.
From one-room historic buildings to modern architectural marvels, Robert Dawson has been photographing libraries for almost 20 years. His new book is called The Public Library.
This week saw celebrations for the anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the reveal of the Zunzeo scandal. Paul Reyes and Ralph Eubanks recommend The Cultural Cold War and We Are Not Afraid.
Morris — whose latest film, The Unknown Known, is about Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — answers three questions about Rooney, who died Sunday at 93.
A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.
In very different ways, the indie films Joe (starring Nicolas Cage) and Only Lovers Left Alive (with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton) bring a low-budget sensibility to Hollywood.
Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin is in the U.S. for the first time since he was injured last year. He says he hopes ballet will help soothe international tensions.
The AMC period drama returns Sunday, with the usual shroud of secrecy that makes it difficult — but not impossible — to review. Fresh Air critic David Bianculli does his best.
On this week's show, we chat about a very fine new TV offering, follow the trails of the things we love back to the things that came before, and wish one of our own well as he travels on.
Also: Chuck Palahniuk will edit a collection of tough-guy stories; Adrian Mole series author Sue Townsend dies.
Boxing has long laid bare American tensions around race. Artists like Adrian Matejka, whose latest book of poetry is based on the life of Jack Johnson, take the conversation outside the ring.
Hateship Loveship was inspired by a short story about a caretaker who falls victim to a cruel joke. Wiig and director Liza Johnson explain how the film's restraint says more than fireworks ever could.
The drama The Railway Man follows a former prisoner of war as he struggles with past pain, new love and an unexpected opportunity for confrontation.
Like the glitz of the day itself, Draft Day tries to win over audiences with big names, the power of the NFL and tons of money. But as football fans know, these elements don't always mean a win.
Eric Deggans looks at the move by Stephen Colbert from the show he does in character on Comedy Central to CBS late night.
Akhil Sharma took over a decade to write his novel, Family Life, a mostly autobiographical account of an immigrant family and an accident that shatters their dreams for the future.
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez tell Terry Gross about the inspiration for "Let It Go" and a "very strong strike across the bow at all princess-myth things" song that didn't make the film.
CBS announced that comedian Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as a late night host on the network. Letterman, who turns 67 on Saturday, announced his retirement last week.
Writers of color are often told they must write for the "universal human," says poet Kima Jones. She explains how many of them take to social media to find their place among a different audience.
If you miss the HBO hit show Sex and the City, there's the new web series, An African City. We get an inside look at its take on friendship and fashion with young women looking for love in Ghana.