Marc Webb's latest superhero sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, brings an utterly charming Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone to a film wildly overstuffed with villains, plots, and even more backstory.
Also: Saturday is Free Comic Book Day; Junot Diaz on the unbearable whiteness of most MFA programs.
For years, scarce copies of Laura London's 1984 romance The Windflower were treasured by readers. Reviewer Sarah Wendell hails its re-issue and explains the concept of "Good Book Noise."
British actor Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71, after a bout with pneumonia. The skilled character actor starred in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and received an Oscar nomination for Mona Lisa.
"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
On International Jazz Day, Alt Latino's Felix Contreras talks about musicians abroad who are heating up the U.S. jazz scene.
The NBA has banned L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life after tapes revealed racist comments he made to girlfriend V. Stiviano. The Beautyshop ladies weigh in.
With these ice cream desserts, it's the construction, not the cooking, that counts. They're a teensy bit fancy, but not too dressed up for a picnic or a barbecue.
Adam Johnson on the weirdness of visiting North Korea; Ahmed Saadawi wins the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction; Daniel José Older on the overwhelming whiteness of the publishing industry.
Issue 46 of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern showcases crime fiction from all over Latin America, with new stories from writers like Alejandro Zambra. Reviewer Juan Vidal calls it rousing and essential.
In the late 1800s, Jewish immigrants brought the Eastern European tradition of synagogue murals to Burlington. Now one such mural, painted in 1910, is getting restored.
On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen kicks things off with "Water Fountain," a breathless cut from the new tUnE-yArDs album Nikki Nack. The video, which you can see on All Songs TV, is a burst of bright colors and childlike joy reminiscent of comedian Paul Reubens' Saturday morning kids show Pee-wee's Playhouse.
Robin Hilton follows with a never-before-heard cut from singer Roy Orbison. The legendary crooner died suddenly in 1988, just before his final album Mystery Girl was released. To mark the 25th anniversary of the record, Sony Legacy is releasing a deluxe edition featuring multiple demos and unheard tracks, including "The Way Of Love," a song Orbison recorded on a boombox cassette tape. His sons later discovered the song and recorded new instrumentation to accompany his restored voice track.
Also on the show: The hardcore band F—-ed Up returns with a nerve-rattling new album that reflects on family, aging and the responsibilities of adulthood; country-folk singer Jessica Lea Mayfield goes electric on a cut from her new rock-inspired album Make My Head Sing; The group Young Fathers, with members from Scotland, Nigeria and Liberia, mix hip-hop, rock and electronics for a surprising sound; and singer Haley Bonar is back with a new collection of wondrously ornate pop.
Craig Ferguson has announced that he's leaving his late-night talk show later this year. It raises the question: Did he ever really have one, by our usual definitions?
Tope Folarin and Binyavanga Wainaina share their Twitter poems and read some of their favorites from Tell Me More's National Poetry Month series "Muses and Metaphor."
The freshly Tony-nominated actress and her frequent collaborator, director Lonny Price, talk about the unconventional structure and dramatic challenges of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill.
Also: J.K. Rowling says her mother never knew about Harry Potter, George R.R. Martin on drones.
Poet Najwan Darwish's first collection to appear in English muses on identity, history and heartbreak. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's passionate, yet "so matter-of-fact that it stops the breath."
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a poutine burger from the Chicago restaurant Spritzburger. It's the best of Canada on top of the best of America.
This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.
In Last Week Tonight, Oliver mirrors both the format and style of his ex-employer at Comedy Central — but without commercial breaks or censorship.