February is Black History Month — but it's also a month to celebrate the lost art of letter writing. K. Tempest Bradford examines the overlap, and recommends some good historical letter collections.
Eugene Levy and his son, Daniel Levy, star in Schitt's Creek on the CBC and Pop TV. The Levys talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the comedy, family dynamics and what it's like to work together.
Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Taylor Swift are just a few of the musicians up for Grammy Awards. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the executive producer of the award show, Ken Ehrlich.
Poet and author Quan Barry — born in Vietnam but raised in America — says she wants her new novel to help get rid of some of the preconceptions Americans have about Vietnam as a quagmire.
There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. But how did they get there, and why do they look the way they do? Michael Rosen looks for answers in his new book Alphabetical.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch's hero is once again being played by the man who created every punk and glam-rock inch of her. "I feel like I'm doing this to find out what's next in my life," Mitchell says.
"I like to interject, and there's no interjections here," says the comedian behind Curb Your Enthusiasm. It's "very unnatural for an interrupter." David makes his Broadway debut in Fish in the Dark.
This Sunday, AMC debuts Better Call Saul, the backstory behind Breaking Bad drug kingpin lawyer Saul Goodman. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show's so good, TV lightning just might strike twice.
Lawyer Saul Goodman knows how to bend the law, or break it, depending on his clients' needs. Odenkirk talks about playing the comedic character, and the origins of Saul's comb-over.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is visually an eyesore — a kaleidoscope of bright, mismatched colors, and in 3-D to make your headache stronger. The movie makers hit the bull's-eye.
Parul Sehgal, an editor at The New York Times Book Review, says as dangerous as envy can be, it can teach us a lot about who we are and what we really want.
While looking at the problem of gun violence, Dr. Gary Slutkin wondered — what if it could be treated like a communicable disease? His program, Cure Violence, aims to do just that, with real results.
Activist Dave Meslin says even though we're apathetic about local politics, we're hardly sloths.
Ken Jennings has made a career of being the know-it-all. But then he challenged a supercomputer, Watson — and lost. Jennings explains how it felt to have a computer beat him and crush his pride.
Nick Hanauer is a rich guy with several houses, but is he greedy? He argues that an increase in minimum wage would be good for everyone.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett explains how his city sidestepped gluttony and collectively dropped one million pounds.
Christopher Ryan says that human beings are sexual omnivores and hopes that a better understanding of sexual fidelity may end discrimination, shame and unrealistic expectations.
This week, our friends Tanya Ballard Brown and Gene Demby join us to talk about Fox's hit show Empire and to follow up on a recent public discussion of the need for diverse radio voices.
Actress Diane Guerrero now stars on shows Jane the Virgin and Orange is the New Black. But when she was a teenager, her parents were deported. She tells Michel Martin how it shaped her life.
In Last Stop on Market Street a little boy goes on a journey with his Nana. Along the way he meets many interesting passengers, and learns to recognize the blessings right in front of him.