In District Merchants, Akeem Davis plays Lance, a freed slave who has a crisis of conscience when he learns his boss, Shylock, may have been involved in the slave trade. Teresa Wood/Courtesy of the Folger Theatre hide caption

toggle caption Teresa Wood/Courtesy of the Folger Theatre

This Shakespeare Reconstruction Sets 'Merchant' In Post-Civil War D.C.

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/484197974/484215941" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) gets a look into Giant Country thanks to a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Spielberg's 'The BFG' Parallels Another Friendly Outcast

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/484186664/484215935" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, shares her summer reading recommendations including a graphic novel about trash and a George Eliot classic. Courtesy Of Harriet Logan hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy Of Harriet Logan

Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/484035230/484058442" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In 'Hustling Hitler,' A Jewish Vaudevillian Scams The Third Reich

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/483890296/483890297" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/483890275/483890276" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Chase exhibited this painting in 1884 under two different titles — The Young Orphan and later, At Her Ease. The Phillips Collection hide caption

toggle caption The Phillips Collection

Meet William Merritt Chase, The Man Who Taught America's Masters

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/483231216/483811561" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Annelise Capossela

Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/480639265/483749594" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'Swiss Army Man' Directors Explain The Symbolism Behind A Farting Corpse

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/483426590/483426591" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Taika Waititi's other films include Boy (2010) and What We Do in the Shadows (2014). Courtesy of The Orchard hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of The Orchard

Director Taika Waititi's 'Wilderpeople' Is Good For A Laugh — And Then A Cry

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/483261275/483665288" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The new brewery at Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. The school now teaches the art and science of brewing, an elective course. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Allison Aubrey/NPR

Fermentation Fervor: Here's How Chefs Boost Flavor And Health

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/483228632/483337095" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Intelligence officer Tory Garcia, who has a background in gymnastics and diving, works through the obstacle course on American Ninja Warrior, which airs on NBC and Esquire Network. Brandon Hickman/NBC hide caption

toggle caption Brandon Hickman/NBC

'If It Were Easy, It Wouldn't Be Interesting,' Say 'Ninja Warrior' Producers

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/483231214/483275271" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Thirteen years after her sidekick role in the animated undersea adventure Finding Nemo, Ellen DeGeneres returns to put her forgetful fish into the lead role in Finding Dory. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for PCA hide caption

toggle caption Christopher Polk/Getty Images for PCA

'Just Keep Swimming': A Lesson In Fortitude From Dory And DeGeneres

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/482324585/482363036" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In 'The Girls,' A Teen's Need To Be Noticed Draws Her Into A Manson-Like Cult

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/482231289/482363018" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript