Is America really a classless society? As part of the All Things Considered series, "The New Middle," NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to author Nancy Isenberg about her new book, White Trash which argues the notion of a classless society is a myth that hides an ugly truth about how we view the poor.
In his new novel, Ben H. Winters imagines that the Civil War never happened and that slavery is still legal in some states. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Underground Airlines is "one suspenseful tale."
Ben H. Winters' new novel is set in a modern-day America in which almost everything seems normal — except for the fact that the Civil War never happened, and slavery is still legal in four states.
"We have this idea that if we are just cruel enough and mean enough ... to people with addiction, that they will suddenly wake up and stop, and that is not the case," journalist Maia Szalavitz says.
Artists have been painting food into their work since ancient times. You know it looks delicious, but how well can you decipher what foods mean in art? Take this quiz to find out.
This crusty bread likely originated with French immigrants of centuries past, but it's =become deeply entwined with Chilean identity, diet ... even language. Yet most people don't make it at home.
The looks and faces of actresses provide endless fodder for debate and fascination. But some care is called for in where we take these arguments.
The Hong Kong movie industry is best known for martial arts and crime thrillers, but this year's hottest film is a dark meditation on what Hong Kong could be like in 2025.
In Patrick Flanery's new novel, the border between mental illness and justified paranoia grows porous as average guy Jeremy begins to fear he's under surveillance. But is he? It's never quite clear.
Fresh Air producer John Sheehan discusses The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified, a new comic podcast for kids featuring an intrepid radio reporter who foils plots and outwits crafty villains.
Meet Riri Williams, a teenage genius who will be stepping into the Iron Man suit following the events of Marvel Comics' latest crossover event.
Valiant Comics' plus-size superhero is starring in her first solo book — and while the story (and her costume) underwhelm, Faith herself is a glorious creation; smart, compassionate, geeky and fun.
Nicole Dennis-Benn's assured, gorgeous debut novel follows Margot, a worker at a rich Jamaican resort, whose home life is a series of sacrifices as she struggles with family and forbidden love.
Soviet-era movie stars, cosmonauts and, yes, intelligence agents once socialized at Aragvi over chicken tabaka and Georgian wine. Now the restaurant has reopened for regular diners.
Photographer Binh Danh melds early photographic materials and timeless landscapes to produce ethereal images of National Parks. He says it's his hope that viewers "see themselves in the picture."
Biographer Larry Tye says Kennedy wasn't always the "hot-blooded liberal" we remember today. The transformation wasn't a "flip flop" he says, "he took things to heart in ways that few politicians do."
Writer John Birdsall firmly believes there is a queer aesthetic in modern food culture. He and other LBGT chefs discuss the role of sexual identity and race in the kitchen.
Dana I. Wolff's new novel digs up the story of infamous disease vector "Typhoid Mary" Mallon — it's a fun, fast read, but misses a rich opportunity to draw parallels to modern pandemic scares.
James Corden tells NPR's Ari Shapiro how he keeps having fun with "Carpool Karaoke." This story originally aired March 8 on All Things Considered.
The characters in Here Comes the Sun are working class women, struggling with money, sexuality and the pressures of tourism. It is a debut novel for Jamaican author Nicole Dennis-Benn.