Mention moonshine and you might think of an illegal backwoods still carefully hidden to evade authorities. But recently, legal distilleries have been popping up in a white lightning renaissance.
The former U.S. poet laureate says he can't write poetry any more, but still has some prose in him. In a new book, Essays After Eighty, he considers his art, his beard and his experience growing old.
After grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes media missteps in discussing race.
Peter Sagal has taken more than a few potshots at his home state over the years, so we'll quiz Weinberg — a proud son of Newark — about some of New Jersey's highlights.
Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.
A half-century after such shows were banned by the Castro government, rehearsals are underway for a Spanish-language production of the rock musical Rent.
A new film tells the story of how Nicky Vreeland — a trained photographer and grandson of a fashion icon — used his camera to help rebuild the Tibetan Buddhist monastery he now leads.
Ali Smith's new How To Be Both combines inventive structural trickery and warm, sardonic writing in in parallel tales of a bereaved modern teenager and an Italian renaissance fresco painter.
It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.
Rock wrote, directed and stars in Top Five, the story of a marquee comedian who abandons his standup roots for blockbuster franchise glory.
In the Australian chiller, a bogeyman announces himself in a rhyming, pop-up book on a 7-year-old's shelf. But the real horror is that the boy's mom, a grieving widow, is battling psychic demons.
The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail takes Reese Witherspoon into new territory but never quite achieves the fierceness to which it aspires.
As part of the 50 Great Teachers series, NPR Movie Critic Bob Mondello looks at what Hollywood's taught us about teachers.
A two-year partnership in the bookseller's troubled e-reader has ended, as Barnes & Noble buys out Microsoft's share. Also: Upset brews in India over the president's exclusive deal with Amazon.
This week, we have two past segments to revisit: a look at our favorite and least favorite holiday pop culture, and a listen to some seasonal music.
The film, disavowed by its director and writer Paul Schrader after clashes with the studio, stars Nicolas Cage as a CIA officer who believes the agency has lost its moral direction.
The Norwegian thriller follows divers deep beneath the sea, where powerful forces above drive those trapped together to question nearly every aspect of their experience.
OkCupid is adding a lot more options for gender and sexual orientation, including androgynous and genderqueer. And then there's sapiosexual, meaning someone who's attracted to smart people.
Ron Rash's best short stories from the past 20 years take you to a land apart psychologically and geographically. His writing is powerful, stripped down and very still.
Brolin co-stars in an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice. He says as an actor he's always wondering: "Can I live up to what this person has written? There's always a fear around that."