Arts and Culture

Subscribe to Arts and Culture feed Arts and Culture
Art and entertainment commentary plus interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, comedy, and visual art. Subscribe to podcasts and follow trends in music, painting, art, architecture, photography, and design.
Updated: 14 min 54 sec ago

Love (And Music And Glitter) Saves The Day In 'Space Opera'

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 9:00am

In Catherynne M. Valente's new novel, a washed-up glitter punk musician has to save all humanity by singing in an intergalactic version of the Eurovision Song Contest. (Also, there are murderhippos.)

(Image credit: Ricardo Carreon/Getty Images)

'Two Sisters' Leave Home For Syria, Tearing A Family Apart

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 6:00am

Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad's new book is a heartbreaking but necessary account of two teenage sisters from a moderate Muslim family who fled to war-torn Syria after becoming radicalized.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

An 'Exhausted' Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final 31 Hours

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:09am

A bomb threat, a march turned violent and a militant black power group all weighed heavily on the civil rights leader during his last speech in 1968, says Redemption author David Rosenbloom.

(Image credit: Charles Kelly/AP)

'Two Sisters' Follows Norwegian Teenagers Who Left Home To Join ISIS FIghters In Syria

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 3:21pm

When ISIS started expanding its hold on Iraq and Syria, tens of thousands of foreign fighters went to join the caliphate. In Norway, two teenage girls decided to leave their family for Syria. Their story is the subject of a new book by Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad called, Two Sisters.

Madeleine Albright Warns: Don't Let Fascism Go 'Unnoticed Until It's Too Late'

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 1:51pm

The former secretary of state describes President Trump as "the most anti-democratic leader that I have studied in American history." Albright's new book is Fascism: A Warning.

(Image credit: Timothy Greenfield Sanders/Harper Collins)

50 Years Later, '2001: A Space Odyssey' Is Still A Cinematic Landmark

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:19pm

Stanley Kubrick's science-fiction epic — which opened to mixed reviews in 1968 — unknowingly foreshadowed the future of effects-driven blockbusters.

(Image credit: Warner Bros./AP)

Tell Us: Are You Unable To Retire Or Retired But Back To Work?

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 9:57am

For many Americans, retirement is no longer the long vacation they once imagined. More older adults are in the workforce than ever.

(Image credit: Katherine Du/NPR)

Meg Wolitzer Asks The Big Questions In 'The Female Persuasion'

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 9:00am

At the start of Meg Wolitzer's new novel, a young woman is groped at a fraternity party — and her question, "Why is it like this, and what are we supposed to do about it?" echoes through the book.

(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)

'Legion,' Season 2: Welcome Back To The Weirdest Corner Of The Marvel Universe

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:01am

Showrunner Noah Hawley's defiantly trippy and visually stunning not-quite-a-superhero series returns to FX for a second season. Critic Glen Weldon says there's real substance beneath all that style.

(Image credit: Suzanne Tenner /FX)

Steven Bochco, Groundbreaking TV Producer, Dies at 74

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 3:20pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to David Nevins about how producer Steven Bochco helped form the structure for many modern TV dramas. Bochco died Sunday at 74. Bochco introduced the private lives of police officers and the telling of multiple stories in each episode.

Remembering Groundbreaking Television Producer Steven Bochco

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:50pm

Bochco, who died Sunday, created numerous series, including Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue. TV Critic David Bianculli looks back on Bochco's impact, then we listen to his 1989 Fresh Air interview.

'Inseparable' Recounts The Unusual Lives Of Conjoined Twins Chang And Eng Bunker

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:50pm

Yunte Huang's new book chronicles the lives of the "original Siamese twins," who were brought to America in 1829 and forced to perform in a freak show. They later married and fathered 21 children.

#NPRPoetry Month: What Makes A Haiku A Haiku?

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 3:58pm

Did you know that a haiku doesn't have to conform to a 5-7-5 syllable count? NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with haiku master and former diplomat Abigail Friedman about where the misconception comes from.

A 'Ragged School' Gives U.K. Children A Taste Of Dickensian Destitution

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 3:58pm

The East End of London was once synonymous with Dickensian squalor. Now it's prime real estate. A tiny museum in the back streets shows schoolchildren what life was like in the past.

(Image credit: Samuel Alwyine-Mosely/NPR)

What Drives Men To Violent Extremism

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 7:16am

Sociologist Michael Kimmel says some white men feel their place in American society is being threatened. Kimmel talks with NPR's Korva Coleman about his new book Healing from Hate.

Edie Falco Plays A Middle-Aged Teacher With A Lot To Learn In 'Outside In'

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 7:16am

Falco's character, Carol, feels trapped in her mundane job and marriage. But everything changes when a former student returns after 20 years in prison.

(Image credit: Nathan M. Miller/The Orchard)

'Poetry Lives Everywhere': NPR Kicks Off National Poetry Month

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 4:53pm

On the eve of poetry month, we look forward to our annual #NPRPoetry project. NPR's Michel Martin begins the series with the Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith.

'World Make Way': New Poems Paint Classic Pictures

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 7:22am

Poet Lee Bennett Hopkins edited the new children's book, in which poets reflect on paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Rather than describing the painting, it's what they feel," he says.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and ABRAMS Books)

Glenda Jackson Stands Tall, On And Off Stage

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 6:33am

The Academy Award-winning actress (and former member of British Parliament) returns to Broadway after a 30-year absence in Edward Albee's Three Tall Women.

(Image credit: Brigitte Lacombe)

The Deliciously Soapy — But Substantial — Supermarket Saga Of 'Forbidden Hearts'

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 6:00am

We're cranking up the trusty old NPR Books Time Machine again, and this time we're rewinding Alisha Rai's steamy series about love and drama among two estranged business dynasties in upstate New York.

(Image credit: )




WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions


(256) 895-9574

(800) 239-9574