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U.K. Asks Students To Learn Poetry ‘By Heart,’ Not By Rote

When the Internet offers a superabundance of material to read, watch, listen to and play, it’s easy to skim over […]

Melinda Gates Plays Not My Job

Back in the early 1990s, Melinda French was a rising star at a software company when the boss asked her […]

I’ve Heard That Somewhere: ‘Glee’ Covers ‘Baby Got Back,’ And It Sounds … Familiar

This morning, musician Jonathan Coulton (who plays on the NPR show Ask Me Another, but whom I’ve never met) posted […]

‘Mama’: A Good Old-Fashioned Horror Movie

I was weaned on horror movies and love them inordinately, but the genre has gone to the dogs — and […]

Lance Armstrong, Tragic Hero? Not Exactly

Annalisa Quinn is a freelance writer for NPR Books. Lance Armstrong, in the interview Thursday night with Oprah Winfrey in […]

Brush Up For The Inauguration With Books By And About The Obamas

As the nation gears up for the second inauguration of President Obama, NPR Books dove into the archives to find […]

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Globes, Oscars, And Who Are You Calling A Snub?

On this week’s show, Stephen, Glen and I are joined by All Things Considered movie critic Bob Mondello for a […]

The Inquisition: A Model For Modern Interrogators

This interview was originally broadcast on Jan. 20, 2012. The individuals who participated in the first Inquisition 800 years ago […]

In A Fragmented Cultureverse, Can Pop References Still Pop?

On a recent episode of Saturday Night Live when the comedian Louis C.K. played host, one skit parodied his eponymous […]

The Acrobuffos: Clowning Around

Have you ever wanted to run away with the circus? This week’s Ask Me Another V.I.P.s literally did. The Acrobuffos, […]

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