If her Prince-assisted '80s hits are all you know of Sheila Escovedo, you're missing half the story. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with the drummer, singer and bandleader and dives in to her early history.
Denim sales fell 6 percent over the past year. Blue jeans haven't hit the skids this hard since Marlon Brando and James Dean made them famous in the 1950s.
James Franco adapts The Sound And The Fury, a Chinese drama speaks richly to love and separation, and Patricia Clarkson defends her home from Tim Roth.
The late Laura Nyro penned hits, including "And When I Die" and "Save the Country." NPR's Scott Simon speaks with composer Billy Childs about his new album of tributes, Reimagining Laura Nyro.
The Skeleton Twins is a new movie starring comedian Bill Hader as the estranged twin of Kristen Wiig. Hader talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his serious movie.
Fiona Maye holds the power of life and death in her hands. She's a family court judge at the center of Ian McEwan's new novel. NPR's Scott Simon talks to McEwan about his book, The Children Act.
A collection of memorable interviews with the comedy queen, Joan Rivers, who passed away this week at the age of 81.
Starred Up is not your typical father-son movie story line. It's set in a prison for violent offenders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the director and writer of the new hard-hitting British film.
Geeks rule — a fact celebrated in two new books: Vikram Chandra's Geek Sublime and xkcd creator Randall Munro's What If? Reviewer Jason Heller says both books share a bone-deep belief in science.
The Children Act by Ian McEwan is about a lawyer whose ruling decides the fate of a teenager in ways she can't imagine. It's written with McEwan's trademark gracefulness and control.
The Middle East, as portrayed in Robert Byron's The Road To Oxiana, is worlds away from the one we know. But author J.M. Ledgard says this flawed but fascinating book helps explain the region today.
We invite the famed folk singer to answer three questions about other notable thirds: King Richard III, Albert Gore III and psychologist Russell D. Clark III.
According to a new study, cutting back on carbs can lead to weight loss. Dana Goodyear and Jason Sheehan explore how to eat enjoyably, by recommending Tartine Bread and The Gastronomical Me.
"Working on my novel" is a favorite phrase on Twitter, used by writers who are diligently — or not so diligently — toiling away. Artist Cory Arcangel has collected some of these tweets into a book.
From compulsive bears to self-destructive rats, science historian Laurel Braitman studies animals with mental health issues and asks what we can learn from them.
Empathy, cooperation, and fairness seem like distinctly human traits. But Frans de Waal explains why other animals might share those same qualities.
What do our dogs think when they look at us? Poet Billy Collins imagines the inner life of a former canine companion.
Animal trainer Ian Dunbar says we need to see the world through the eyes of our dogs if we want to really communicate with them.
Writer Jon Mooallem tells the story of the teddy bear, and considers how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival — and the natural world at large.
The story of a new mother struggling with the loss of her youth tries to reverse cliches about the maturation of childish men. But that effort struggles under the weight of other standard elements.