January 19, 2013 As poet Jean Sprackland told NPR's Scott Simon, a poem you learn by heart becomes a part of you. In that case, choosing what works to memorize is a big decision. We have 10 suggestions, based on the Poetry By Heart anthology; what would you recommend?
January 19, 2013 Gearing up for inaugural weekend balls often means getting ready to stand in lots of lines for some not-so-awesome food. But if you want to say goodbye to the rubber chicken brigade, these foodcentric inaugural balls might be a better bet.
January 18, 2013 Glee is taking a lot of heat for repurposing a cover version of "Baby Got Back" without crediting the arranger. In a social media world, it's the kind of move that has extra risks.
January 18, 2013 This week's we'll give some military officers a word game salute, follow a famous clown around the world, and find out there's nothing original left in Hollywood. Plus, we talk masked comedy with Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, The Big Apple Circus' husband-and-wife team known as the Acrobuffos.
January 18, 2013 Since the cyclist admitted to doping, he has been likened by many news agencies to a hero from Greek tragedy. The ancient Greeks themselves, however, would probably disagree.
January 18, 2013 The Inquisition revolutionized record-keeping and surveillance techniques that are still used today, says Cullen Murphy. His book God's Jury draws parallels between some of the interrogation techniques used in previous centuries with the ones used today.
January 18, 2013 What do salt, ancient Jewish pickle carts, the sometimes brutal Indonesian spice trade and Vincent Van Gogh have in common? They brought life to Dutch cuisine, specifically, the Dutch pickle.
January 18, 2013 Sergei Filin may have been attacked by someone who is angry about which dancers he has chosen for starring roles, his family and colleagues tell news outlets.
January 18, 2013 As the nation gears up for the second inauguration of President Obama, NPR Books dove into the archives to find our favorite interviews with biographers of the first family.
January 17, 2013 Baltimore's criminal underworld is the backdrop for a coming-of-age drama about an 11-year-old and the uncle he idolizes. Critic Joel Arnold says solid performances in the central roles shore up a plot that sometimes strains credulity.
January 17, 2013 Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in action-hero character for the spaghetti-Western splatterfest The Last Stand. He's having a reasonably good time in a scattershot shoot-'em-up that stumbles too often on its way to an ending.