In Emily St. John Mandel's novel, Station Eleven, a Shakespearean troupe clings to scraps of civilization after a deadly pandemic. Mandel and NPR's Scott Simon talk about art at the end of the world.
If you didn't know better, you might mistake the hubbub for American politics. But, amid the fickle endorsements and dustups, poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry.
Despite the big stars, it's hard to make a straight-faced parody of something watched by people who often already think it's a joke.
Director Pete Docter had the idea for this movie a little over five years ago after he saw his own 11-year-old daughter become sad and tried to imagine how the world looked through her eyes.
Woodson, the author of the young adult novel Brown Girl Dreaming, says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family. Originally broadcast Dec. 10, 2014.
Surprisingly, Pixar's latest goes without an element that almost every adventure movie for kids is sure to provide: a villain.
On this week's show, we explore Pixar's new exploratory movie about a girl's brain, and we talk about why pop culture often struggles to give parents rich, satisfying romantic lives.
Dan Gilbert shares research on what he calls the "end of history illusion," where we think the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.
Poet Rives explores why "four-in-the-morning" has become popular shorthand for the strangest hour of the day.
Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to remember the special moments of his life.
The movie, directed by Pete Docter, follows the five emotions inside an 11-year-old's head. Poehler plays Joy, but she says Sadness' strength is she knows how to talk about loss.
A new comedy starring Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling tests the boundaries of good taste for both the two couples at its center and the film itself.
Director and co-writer Mia Hansen-Love tells the tale of a young man, based on her own brother, who finds and then loses a deep attachment to the electronic dance music of Paris in the 1990s.
Pixar's latest creation, which takes place inside a young girl's mind, is visually ambitious, emotionally affecting, and ultimately very wise.
Mark Ruffalo plays a father struggling with bipolar disorder in Maya Forbes' domestic comedy based on the director's experience with her own dad.
Through the weekend, art by 23 public school students will be seen on two large billboards in the heart of New York City.
Now that NBC has finalized a deal to move disgraced anchor Brian Williams to MSNBC, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans outlines some ways the network might salvage his credibility.
Screenwriter Oren Moverman talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the film's depiction of the Beach Boy's troubled life. We'll also listen back to an interview Gross recorded with Wilson in 1988.
Pick up a historical romance and you'll find more than a pleasant read. Often, you'll find a new connection to people, places and history-- for example, the Battle of Waterloo, 200 years ago today.