Jack Daniel learned how to make whiskey from a preacher. That's how the story goes. But a new figure is gaining prominence in the brand's corporate history.
In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out, says Blood at the Root author Patrick Phillips.
When New Yorker writer and native North Carolinian Lauren Collins married a French man, she set herself to the task of learning French. Her new memoir is a meditation on language and identity.
And then there were 40: This week, the National Book Foundation revealed the writers who are still in contention for its literary prize. It capped the rollout Thursday with the fiction nominees.
The legendary comics creator spent ten years on his latest work, a 1200-page-plus epic about everything, nothing and Northampton, his home town and sacred ground — which serves as the main character.
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Tim Gunn, a fixture in the fashion world, about his article in The Washington Post in which he blasted the industry for ignoring plus-size women.
On Wednesday in Washington D.C., Carla Hayden became the first woman and the first African-American to be sworn in as the Librarian of Congress. She's facing a huge change in how we interact with information.
Teddy Wayne's new novel begins as a sharply observed novel of manners, but quickly mutates into a classic tale of obsession. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Loner a powerful suspense story.
Wambach scored 184 goals, more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. Still, she knew that someday that identity would end — and "what then?" Her new memoir is Forward.
The future of the smash-hit baking competition is in question after a move from the BBC to independent broadcaster Channel 4 prompted beloved hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins to step down.
On her penultimate day at the Toronto International Film Festival, Linda Holmes reviews three films about family and various forms of loss.
The complicated history of how the National Museum of African American History and Culture finally moved from conversation to construction may be as compelling as the artifacts in its exhibits.
Ian McEwan's fetal Hamlet is an extravagant spirit confined to the womb while his mother and uncle plot. But he's no sweet prince; the book stumbles over the unborn Dane's grumpy cultural commentary.
Gefilte fish was a staple of old world Jewish cuisine. But many Americans can barely look at the stuff. Now two chefs in Brooklyn want to reboot gefilte fish and other classic Jewish foods.
Controversy is rising over distribution and host changes at the U.K. television show, The Great British Bake Off, which is known in the U.S. as The Great British Baking Show. The competition show is moving from the BBC to Channel 4, and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have said they will be leaving the show.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Slate senior editor Laura Bennett about Dancing with the Stars, which is now in its 23rd season. On Monday night's show, two protesters rushed the stage following a dance performance by athlete Ryan Lochte.
Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, N.J. He says that ideally a celebrity roast is "like a party where everybody goes and has a good time."
Both the new Fox comedy Son of Zorn and the returning The Last Man on Earth buck conventional sitcom tropes to build worlds where the humor is broader and the concepts higher.
On Day 5 of the Toronto International Film Festival, Linda Holmes reviews a romance set amid the Armenian genocide, a musical about Hollywood, and a Jackie Kennedy biopic.
Pho has a rich role in Vietnamese, Vietnamese-American, and now, American culture. Which is why a video featuring a white chef explaining how to eat pho as the next trendy food angered so many.