February 25, 2013 Fiction is reality and reality fiction in Revenge, Yoko Ogawa's absorbing cycle of interlinked, eerie tales. Readers may detect the shadows of Murakami, Borges and Poe, but, says critic Alan Cheuse, Ogawa's delicious tales cast their own singular spell.
February 25, 2013 For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try McDonald's new "Fish McBites." They're basically a seafood version of their Chicken McNuggets. Or as McDonald's calls it, "tender pieces of poppable white, flaky Alaskan Pollock."
February 25, 2013 Some people think competition is an art. Others believe it's a skill. A new book suggests it might be neither — and that there is a science behind winning. Host Michel Martin speaks with authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman about Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing.
February 25, 2013 NPR's Sam Sanders and Mandalit del Barco were backstage in the press room during the Oscars. Here's a roundup of what they saw that you didn't see, in senior superlative form.
February 25, 2013 Also: Toni Morrison's digital signing; our picks for the best books out this week; and William S. Burroughs in a Nike ad.
February 25, 2013 In fiction, Peter Cameron's complicated romance, Mohammed Hanif's tale of unwelcome inheritance, Kathryn Harrison's historical drama, and Stephen Dau's bildungsroman arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, James Fallows documents the rise of China's aerospace industry.
February 25, 2013 Seth MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards which Monkey See's Linda Holmes says was one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history. Jokes about women just kept coming. His sexist jokes were in poor taste, sure, but if they'd been funny, nobody would have cared.
February 24, 2013 Laugh, cry, be upset and outraged over this year's Academy Award winners and losers, as we live blog the results.
February 24, 2013 Style commentary from people who have none!
February 24, 2013 NPR's Linda Holmes and NPR Music's Stephen Thompson team up with entertainment writer Marc Hirsch to live-blog the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Plus off-kilter commentary from the red carpet, courtesy of Wait, Wait ... producer Ian Chillag. Your comments encouraged, too!
February 24, 2013 The directors of the five films nominated for best documentary short talk to NPR's Audie Cornish about the stories they tell in their films: tales of illness in Africa, can collectors in New York, lonely retirees, an artistic homeless teenager, and a salon-side view of cancer.