Dominic Ziegler's thrillingly thorough geo-history follows the Amur River from its origin on the Mongolian steppes, along the Trans-Siberian Railway and through centuries of Eurasian history.
Haitian-American musician Pras Michel talks about his new documentary, Sweet Micky for President, which chronicles an unconventional presidential election in post-earthquake Haiti.
The writer, whose Between The World And Me was the winner of this year's National Book Award in nonfiction, talks about his process and the classmate and friend to whom he dedicated the award.
Randall is a theoretical physicist and professor at Harvard. In 2007 she was named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME. She's recently written a book called Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs.
When Thanksgiving comes during an election season, dinner table conversations can get contentious. We check in with Miss Manners to learn how we might get through the holiday without a family feud.
Writing music for The Good Dinosaur was a seven-month journey for brothers Mychael and Jeff Danna, not all of it glamorous.
Javier Sierra's new The Master of the Prado follows a graduate student — also named Javier — who gets caught up in a web of arcane theories about the paintings in the famous Madrid museum.
Looking for a recipe for pickled herring or blood pancakes cooked in reindeer fat? Chef Magnus Nilsson's The Nordic Cookbook has these recipes and nearly 700 others.
The woman behind "Your So Vain" has stories for days about love and music. On the occasion of a new memoir, she joins NPR's Scott Simon to unfold a few of them.
The creators of The Bitten Word food blog publish an annual survey of Thanksgiving recipes suggested by food magazines. This year, there were lots of ancient grains and citrus-flavored desserts.
The winter season finale for the hit ABC TV show, Scandal, featured the lead character seemingly getting an abortion. That's highly unusual for network television and an invitation to controversy. NPR recaps the episode and the reaction.
Netflix's latest venture into the Marvel universe follows Jessica Jones, an unlikely superhero who tries to keep her powers hidden while she works to defeat the telepathic villain who abused her.
Ernest Hemingway's memoir A Moveable Feast is being celebrated for what it, in turn, celebrates: Paris as an exciting place of ideas, a nexus of people who love life and the arts.
The party animals of Europe made festive, elaborate centerpieces from food from medieval times through the 18th century. Among the most notable of their table art traditions is the sugar monument.
A newly minted National Book Award winner and a new Netflix series have us fully occupied this week, but we've also got plenty making us happy.
Sculptor Janet Echelman found her voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material.
As America becomes more multicultural, Rich Benjamin has noticed a phenomenon: some communities are actually becoming less diverse. So he out a map, found the whitest towns in the USA and moved in.
Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to "see" using a form of echolocation.
In 2011, about 100 Americans living and working in Kabul gathered for a Thanksgiving feast a long way from family. But a dish familiar to many NPR listeners helped bring them a taste of home.
Tom Hardy plays both of the London-gangster Kray brothers and gives both palpable menace that helps boost a sometimes too-Hollywood story.