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‘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, […]

Rereading The Classics: Lessons Learned The Second Time Around

Last year, writer Kevin Smokler called up his old English teachers and spent 10 months revisiting the books they assigned […]

‘Hors Satan’: A Singularly Devilish Vision

Bruno Dumont just wasn’t made for these cinematic times. Rather than cajole and flatter his viewers, the French filmmaker intentionally […]

‘Broken City,’ Broken Movie: An Undernourished Noir

As an investigation into American municipal corruption, Broken City is, well, damaged. But as an opportunity for hard-boiled types to […]

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