A new musical by Tony nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen is a comedic drama that deals with teen suicide in the age of social media.
NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read listener letters, including reaction to an interview about boatloads of migrants washing up on the Greek Island of Chios, and a Bob Mondello piece about good movies to cool you off on a hot summer's day.
Mona Eltahawy says as a female in Saudi Arabia you have two options: "To lose your mind or become a feminist." Rafia Zakaria says it's crucial to reclaim the identity of the modern Muslim woman.
The star of the The End of the Tour may be best known for his "bromance" films. "These kind of buddy movies are allowing men to open up a little bit," Segel says. Originally broadcast March 23, 2009.
In 1996, Wallace's novel Infinite Jest was a critical and popular success. The new movie The End of The Tour recreates the author's tour for that book. Originally broadcast March 5, 1997.
NPR film critic Bob Mondello remembers the first movie he ever saw in a theater — Sleeping Beauty — and what it meant to him.
David Simon's new HBO mini-series, Show Me a Hero, examines racial biases in New York City's public housing laws. Critic David Bianculli says, "This 25-year-old true story couldn't seem more timely."
The 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was one of the fastest fundraising efforts in history. Nancy Frates recounts how her love for her son Pete plunged her into leading a worldwide awareness campaign.
After setting a new personal goal, often your first instinct is to tell someone. But entrepreneur Derek Sivers says you're better off keeping it to yourself.
Actor and writer Julia Sweeney says parenting has always made her feel like an amateur — but especially when her 8-year-old started asking some smart questions about animal reproduction.
Taylor Wilson is a self-taught nuclear physicist who sees every obstacle as a challenge. He describes how — at age 14 — he built a working nuclear fusion reactor in his garage.
Author and journalist A.J. Jacobs has made a career of being an amateur. He talks about the year he spent living biblically — following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible.
The author, whose "Easy Rawlins" mystery novels are largely set in Watts, looks back 50 years ago to the night when the neighborhood first went up in flames.
N.W.A's hard-won battle for mainstream success is illustrated in a film produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
Guy Ritchie's reworking of the 60's television show is a winning, action-packed summer blockbuster.
The latest film from Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig is a jumbled tale of a college student and her future stepsister.
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Blanco, who was born to a Cuban exile family and read at President Obama's second inauguration, about the poem he will read at the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba.
Will the deal with HBO mean Elmo and Big Bird reach fewer low-income children ... or more?
We've never been more connected as a society: tweeting, texting, vining. But when it comes to eating, more of us are going solo. And even when we do have table companions, we may be tuning them out.
After the first nine months of airing new episodes exclusively on HBO, Sesame Street will also be available on PBS for free. NPR takes a look at the agreement and its possible consequences.