It's a story of poor phone connections, suitcases full of Russian snacks, non-optional love of borsch and a globetrotting meat grinder.
Her new book, Swing Time, tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers, but only one has the talent to do so. Smith says talent is the most unfair of gifts; you either have it or you don't.
In 1991, Julie Dash became the first African-American female director to achieve nationwide theatrical distribution of her film, Daughters of the Dust. She discusses its re-release 25 years later.
As the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses approaches, an exhibit shows how Luther's treatise against the Catholic church spread, before the advent of modern communications.
Simone Biles captured the world's attention at the Rio Olympics. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the gold-medalist about her new book "Courage to Soar."
After a divisive election season, maybe it's time to curl up and escape with a good book. Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon has some suggestions.
In the movie, Lion, Dev Patel plays Saroo Brierley, a young man who got separated from his family in India as a child. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Patel about the role.
Yudhijit Bhattacharjee discusses his book The Spy Who Couldn't Spell, a real-life spy thriller about an American would-be traitor and the FBI agent hot on his trail.
In February, country music superstar Trisha Yearwood came to play our quiz, and she mentioned we might want to talk to her husband, who we understand is something of a musician himself.
Pence was met with boos and cheers as he came to see the show, and afterwards the diverse cast and crew delivered a pointed statement about what they believe really makes America great.
Michael Chabon's new novel is based on deathbed conversations with his own grandfather, as strong painkillers unlocked the stories of a long full life — stories Chabon says he'd never heard before.
Vice president-elect Mike Pence attended the Broadway production of Hamilton last night. At the end of the musical, the cast of the show had a message for him.
It's often quoted that Ray Kroc made a fortune and his wife spent it — on causes he may not have agreed with. Lisa Napoli talks to Scott Simon about the life and love affair in her new book.
Marta Dusseldorp currently stars in three popular Australian shows: "Jack Irish", "Janet King" and "A Place to Call Home." NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dusseldorp about her career.
NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a critter double-feature: J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them and the Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle.
The photographer and author documented life in Nazi Germany and in Josef Stalin's gulags, as well as the arrival of Jews in Israel. She died Thursday at the age of 105.
Casey Affleck is a man returning to his hometown to bury his brother and reconnect with his teen nephew in Manchester by the Sea. Critic David Eldestein calls the film draining, but also worth seeing.
Whitehead was recently awarded the National Book Award for his novel about a young slave who has escaped a Georgia plantation and is heading north. Originally broadcast Aug. 8, 2016.
All bets are off in this week's final round, where each answer contains the word "off."