Also: Willy Blackmore writes about the several identities of his grandfather, John Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and research on reading comprehension for printed vs. digital books.
A recent study on immigrant job-seekers in the United Kingdom reminds us again of the importance of code-switching: unwritten cultural codes in conversation can have far-reaching impacts.
Something mysterious stalks a shepherdess on a remote British island in Evie Wyld's visceral new novel, All The Birds, Singing. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls it "a museum of sinister curiosities."
Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs.
For this week's Sandwich Monday, our non-Jewish colleagues get an introduction to the wonders of the Passover lunch. Manischewitz rules this meal.
Steven Soderbergh's new play confronts the topic of school shootings head on, peering into the shattered lives of the survivors and the stories they tell.
It's easy to be skeptical of a TV series inspired by the brilliant film Fargo, but the FX adaptation is dark, funny, free-standing and a great big hoot.
The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club just finished reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga. We'll be hanging out in the comments with Steinbeck expert Susan Shillinglaw to talk about the book's legacy.
In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.
A new film starring Kristen Wiig adapts an Alice Munro short story, filling in huge swaths of negative space that Munro left. But surprisingly, in telling more of the story, the film loses something.
Also: Sue Townsend was writing another Adrian Mole novel at the time of her death; the best books coming out this week.
Monday water cooler TV is the return of Mad Men. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans dissects the thing fans will be talking about Monday morning: what's become of Don Draper's career.
John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl story is "about haves and have-nots," says one scholar, "and that story is getting increasingly urgent." The book was first published April 14, 1939.
Cameron Crowe's much-loved film turns 25 this week, and unlike a lot of high-school films of its day, it's aged surprisingly well.
American Julia Cooke documented the ways Cuba has changed since Fidel Castro ceded authority to his brother. During her travels, she says, everything she thought she knew was "blown out of the water."
Autumn Erhard, a sales representative in Orange County, Calif., landed her big break on her favorite game show, Wheel of Fortune. At 30, she became the second person to win $1 million.
Lotte turned 14 in October; that led her father, Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester, to make a new "time lapse edit" of the images he has collected since her birth.
Taking apart Mad Men has become a popular hobby among many Sunday-night analysts. As it enters its seventh season, it seems more self-aware than ever.
NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Judy Greer about the pitfalls of semi-celebrity, as depicted in her new memoir, I Don't Know What You Know Me From.
Swear words are generally a no-go in the media. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Jesse Scheidlower, president of the American Dialect Society, about why we need more obscenities in our daily lives.