June 30, 2012 Chris Cleave's newest novel chronicles the friendship and rivalry between cyclists training for the 2012 Olympics. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the fascination of athletic rivalries, how he got in shape for the book and what he hopes readers will take away.
June 30, 2012 British ceramicist Edmund de Waal is exhibiting his work at Waddesdon Manor, the historic country retreat of his distant cousin Lord Jacob Rothschild. The manor's lavishly decorated rooms are an unlikely space for such minimalist works, but the collaboration tells a story of collection, belonging and loss.
June 30, 2012 Eugene Levy's career has ranged from the witty improv of such movies as Best in Show to the low comedy of American Pie and, most recently, Madea's Witness Protection. Levy talked to NPR's Scott Simon about his comedy origins and what unites his varied roles.
June 29, 2012 Meat Week's almost over. It's time for Pie Week! Here's a preview: If you are scared of pie crust, we've got tips from the CIA that boil it down to a basic 3:2:1 ratio.
June 29, 2012 Author Jeff Kinney is a rock star in the middle school literary scene. His Diary of a Wimpy Kid books follow the misadventures of sad-sack sixth-grader Greg Heffley, who just wants to fit in. Kids love the gross-out humor, but librarians and teachers say the books also help them laugh at the indignities of life.
June 29, 2012 Ted, the first film from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, is about 35-year-old Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) and his decidedly adult talking teddy bear. NPR's Bob Mondello has to confess that in time, he warmed up to this movie for and about overgrown kids.
June 29, 2012 A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers' tale of adventure and economic hardship, debuts at No. 5.
June 29, 2012 Host Ophira Eisenberg and her puzzle gurus serve up presidential tunes from our nation's capital. Also on the menu are a variety of cheeses — or are they Moby Dick characters? This week's Mystery Guest probably knows. His specialty is intelligence.
June 29, 2012 Can you look forward to a record so much that you can't make yourself listen to it? Perhaps you can, if you're determined to have just the right listening experience.
June 29, 2012 New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is currently the only knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues. His new memoir, Wherever I Wind Up, explains how his life — and career — have mimicked the unpredictable trajectory of the difficult pitch he throws game after game.
June 29, 2012 This season we challenged potential Ask Me Another contestants to a 17-question blitz of questions. The final question, lipograms, drew some of the strangest and amusing responses. A lipogram is a written work in which a particular letter or group of letters is intentionally omitted.