February 21, 2013 Also: Bill O'Reilly has a new book; George Saunders g-chats The Paris Review; and Batwoman is getting married.
February 21, 2013 Backed by broadcasting powerhouse Barry Diller, a new service picks up broadcast TV signals and makes them available over the Web — and the TV networks don't like that one bit. Currently available only in New York City, Aereo is planning to expand ... if it makes it through the legal challenges.
February 21, 2013 On a movie set, every piece of furniture, wall hanging or bit of desktop clutter that an actor doesn't touch is chosen by the film's set decorator. For her annual Oscar-season series on Hollywood jobs, NPR's Susan Stamberg follows a handful of these decorators from prep through "Action!"
February 20, 2013 The novel by Herman Koch is structured around a five-course meal shared by two couples. But it's not all fun and food. What's really going on at this meal is much more gruesome. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says the novel offers a fresh, modern take on basic moral questions.
February 20, 2013 Marlon Brando gives a strong case for method acting in the film's famous "I coulda been a contender" sequence. Film critic Bob Mondello says there's no madness to his method — or to the Academy Award-winning film, now out in a superb Blu-ray Disc.
February 20, 2013 Ready to check off your Oscar ballot? Catch up on coverage of this year's Best Picture nominees with reviews, interviews and features from across the NPR network.
February 20, 2013 Pakistan's Karachi Literature Festival wrapped up earlier this week amid fresh reports of sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. NPR's Steve Inskeep says that despite the violence, the festival was an intensely relevant and vibrant discussion of Pakistan's troubled path.
February 20, 2013 Before films hit theaters, they are heralded by trailers that can either drive people to the box office or keep them away. Stephen Garrett, owner of the trailer production company Jump Cut Creative, talks about what it takes to lure audiences without spoiling a film.
February 20, 2013 In a new book, the CNN anchor tells the story of Combat Outpost Keating. The ill-fated American military base was in a remote Afghan valley, and on Oct. 3, 2009, it became the site of one of the deadliest attacks against U.S. troops in the history of the war in Afghanistan.
February 20, 2013 Laura Kasischke offers her signature blend of the mundane and the uncanny in her first story collection, If a Stranger Approaches You. In these tight, dark stories, unease and impotence lurk behind tidy suburban facades.
February 20, 2013 There are an increasing number of LGBT characters in mainstream superhero comics — but visibility isn't everything. NPR's comic-book guy Glen Weldon has a roundup of manga and independent graphic novels that offer a deeper and more nuanced portrayal of LGBT life.
February 20, 2013 You can probably imagine using these cookies to make a dessert pizza, chocolaty popcorn or even bourbon balls. But as a crumb coating for fish, or in a savory stuffing? Oh, yes — it's Girl Scout cookie time.