As the son of a preacher, Kenrick "ICE" McDonald often had to practice his magic tricks in secret while he was growing up. Now he's the first black president of the Society of American Magicians.
Trejo is famous for playing rough, macho tough guys. A distinctive tattoo helped him get his first role, as a convict. He was perfect for the part: Before he was in movies, Trejo was in prison.
Anthony Matthews is a master of the consumer complaint, writing and collecting some of the best letters to customer service. Two of his tips for success: use humor and write a real, hard-copy letter.
Wesleyan University President Michael Roth, author of the new book Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, says that the debate over the value of a college education is hardly new.
NPR's Arun Rath speaks to John Michael McDonagh, writer and director of the new Irish murder mystery, "Calvary."
NPR's Arun Rath talks to actor Clive Owen about his new TV series "The Knick." It's a medical drama set in turn-of-the-century New York City.
NPR's Arun Rath talks to Josh Weil about his new novel "The Great Glass Sea," which imagines a dystopian Russia of 24-hour daylight and 24-hour labor under a greenhouse dome.
Joanne C. Hillhouse's novel tells of a woman returning to the island of Antigua, a homeland which she's never been able to call home. Author Elizabeth Nunez says the book is a weekend must-read.
Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.
Lucius Shepard's posthumously published novel ties together a career's worth of stories about the town of Teocinte and the ancient, slumbering dragon Griaule who curls around it like a vast hill.