Kevin Spacey (left) and Robin Wright star in House of Cards, directed by David Fincher. The Netflix series, which follows a Machiavellian politician, is an adaptation of a BBC series of the same name. Hear an interview with Spacey and Fincher. Patrick Harbron/Netflix hide caption

toggle caption Patrick Harbron/Netflix

Television

David Bianculli's Top 10 Shows: 2013 Was A 'Good Year For TV'

Two new shows from Netflix -- House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black — changed the TV landscape, but Bianculli's top pick for 2013 is AMC's Breaking Bad. "It ended as brilliantly as it began," he says. "I'm so grateful for that series."

In the sci-fi romance Her, a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) finds love in a rather unexpected place — with a computer operating system named Samantha. Warner Bros. hide caption

toggle caption Warner Bros.

Movie Reviews

In A 'Miraculous Year' For Movies, Edelstein Picks His Favorites

In 2013, "you really feel as if directors are taking chances in their storytelling," says film critic David Edelstein. He loved the movie Her, and says the biggest surprises of the year were All Is Lost and Much Ado About Nothing. He also explains why 12 Years a Slave didn't make his top 10.

In the sci-fi romance Her, a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) finds love in a rather unexpected place — with a computer operating system named Samantha. Warner Bros. hide caption

toggle caption Warner Bros.
In A 'Miraculous Year' For Movies, Edelstein Picks His Favorites
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/256854643/257556147" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Los Straitjackets
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Big Al Carson & Lars Edegran
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Album
Putumayo Presents: New Orleans Christmas
Artist
Big Al Carson & Lars Edegran

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

White Christmas Bobby Timmons
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
White Christmas
Album
The Prestige Christmas Collection
Artist
Bobby Timmons

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Kevin Spacey (left) and Robin Wright star in House of Cards, directed by David Fincher. The Netflix series, which follows a Machiavellian politician, is an adaptation of a BBC series of the same name. Hear an interview with Spacey and Fincher. Patrick Harbron/Netflix hide caption

toggle caption Patrick Harbron/Netflix
David Bianculli's Top 10 Shows: 2013 Was A 'Good Year For TV'
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/256615366/257554461" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! George Shearing
Buy

Buy Featured Music

Song
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Album
Christmas with George Shearing Quintet
Artist
George Shearing

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How?

Here Comes Santa Claus Los Strait Jackets
Hooves On the Roof Nick Lowe
Teach Your Children Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Wednesday

View show

Author Interviews

To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.

To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/476742484/476765566" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Movie Interviews

From 'Once' To 'Sing Street': Director John Carney Infuses Movies With Music

The Irish director and screenwriter talks to Fresh Air's Ann Marie Baldonado about his new film, which tells the story of a young teenager in 1980s Dublin who discovers pop music and starts a band.

From 'Once' To 'Sing Street': Director John Carney Infuses Movies With Music
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/476741702/476765576" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
View show

Tuesday

View show

Comedian Larry Wilmore performed at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday night. Olivier Douliery/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

Politics & Pop Culture

Larry Wilmore On 'Breaking Taboos' At The White House Correspondents' Dinner

The Nightly Show host discusses his controversial performance at Saturday's event. He tells Fresh Air that his use of the N-word was an artistic decision.

Larry Wilmore On 'Breaking Taboos' At The White House Correspondents' Dinner
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/476598311/476643117" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Religion

Remembering Jesuit Priest And Anti-War Activist Daniel Berrigan

Berrigan, who died Sunday, was a leading figure in the Catholic left. He and his brother Philip served prison time for burning draft cards to protest the Vietnam War. Originally broadcast in 1988.

Remembering Jesuit Priest And Anti-War Activist Daniel Berrigan
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/476607893/476643132" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
View show

Monday

View show

Exene Cervenka and John Doe perform in Hollywood in September 2004. "The first person I ever saw jump into the audience was me," Cervenka tells Fresh Air. Amanda Edwards/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Music Interviews

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X join Fresh Air to discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. "[It] didn't matter how old you were."

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/476449645/476498252" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
View show