On this week's show, we throw down with some hobbits and a dragon, we plunge into the wonderful (?) world of holiday music, and we talk about the things that are making us happy this week.
Conversations are louder, fans are more powerful, and large entertainment brands are trying to figure out how to make money from love. Welcome to the Age of Enthusiasm.
If you rarely pick up stories or verse, here's a handy guide to some of 2013's best collections. Whether you tend toward family dramas, biographies, gritty journalism or darkly comic novels, we've got a book for you — and it just might turn you into a story lover or poetry addict.
A&E has suspended one of the stars of Duck Dynasty after he grouped homosexuality with bestiality and terrorism in an interview. But what good do these suspensions do, when the show goes on?
A new iPhone ad looks to some like a celebration of teenage alienation, but reminds others of something fundamentally true about adolescence.
Once you've watched the epic that made him famous, you'll want to see these five landmark performances by the Irish screen idol.
We want to know what holiday movies — whether traditional or perhaps a little more action-driven — are your favorites. Do you like your films with extra sap, or a little excitement?
We've gotten some of the metrics back on NPR's Book Concierge and the results are a little surprising: the most popular combination of tags people searched for was Let's Talk About Sex plus Really Great Writing.
These past few weeks, a battle over why you should love or hate the film has bubbled up on the Internet. We wade in.
On this week's round-table podcast, we take a deep dive into the frozen landscape of, well, Frozen, from its unusual princesses to its teeny tiny waists. Then we talk character deaths and, as always, what's making us happy this week.
Martha Woodroof looks at the process of acquiring a first novel from the point of view of publishers who both employ their own taste and then take care of the deal.
Mr. Grinch presents a defamation claim to the firm of Who Who & Who. The firm attempts to evaluate the positive and negative aspects of his case.
Hey there, befuddled aunts, uncles and family friends. Not sure what to buy for kids who already have everything? NPR's Book Concierge is here to help you find gifts for all those nieces, nephews and offspring of other people.
NPR comics blogger and pop-culture podcaster Glen Weldon has a few words for director Zack Snyder about the casting news that's gotten him in such hot water.
At a concert staging, Smash die-hards get a look at what the show's second-season rock musical was meant to be like.