The film, based on Thomas Pynchon's novel, is set in 1970 in a beach town south of Los Angeles. With wonderful actors, it's like a gorgeous stoner art object: groovy, campy, dreamlike and funny.
When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says, it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."
Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. "I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting."
Chris Rock's new comedy is strong on industry satire, but gets a little watery with the romance.
The BBC has TV adaptations in the works for The Silkworm and The Cuckoo's Calling, both written under Rowling's pen name, Robert Galbraith. Also: BookCon steps up its focus on writers of color.
When critics are anticipating the end of a show they've liked a lot, strange things happen.
Margaret Heffernan talks about the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people who are willing to speak up.
Sharing cases from her international legal practice, Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan, shows how a country's laws can bring both justice and "justness."
Our live show brings us to some consideration of the year that's just ending and some of the firsts that we are sometimes at pains to recall.
The design museum is housed in a historic building, but it has been remade into one of the country's most technologically advanced museums. Officials hope it attracts younger visitors — and donors.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the New York landmark, we hear from Bob Walsh, a builder who worked on the structure, and writer Gay Talese, who chronicled its construction.
Close stars as a suburban matron in a revival of Edward Albee's 1966 play. She tells NPR about the timelessness of Albee's play and getting a nosebleed in the middle of a recent matinee.
Filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell features his own children in a charming, uneven, energetic film about siblings on a journey to set a goldfish free.
Paul Thomas Anderson is a master of outlining times and places occupied by his strange dreamers. Inherent Vice, set in California in the 1970s, gets many things right, even if it's a bit too epic.
Scott Saul's new book Becoming Richard Pryor describes how Pryor went from being raised by a grandmother, who was a bootlegger and madam, to being a transformative figure in entertainment.
Tony Abbott reportedly overruled a panel judging the country's top fiction award, picking Richard Flanagan to share the prize. And one judge — famed poet Les Murray — isn't happy.
Welcome to the first meeting of NPR's new book club! We're reading Hector Tobar's account of 33 men who were trapped for 69 days in a Chilean mine. Send us your questions; we may read them on-air.
Nazila Fathi covered Iran for The New York Times until she feared her arrest was imminent. She then fled her homeland. Her new book, The Lonely War, tells of the challenges of reporting on Iran.