October 4, 2013 Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.
October 4, 2013 Director Alfonso Cuaron puts you in orbit with novice astronaut Sandra Bullock and veteran-on-his-last-mission George Clooney as their space shuttle gets demolished by debris from an exploded Soviet satellite. Critic David Edelstein says that you should watch this movie on the biggest screen you can find.
October 4, 2013 On this week's show, we will not spoil Breaking Bad for you while discussing its influence and place in history. We will also not spoil Grand Theft Auto V while explaining how it works on the brain of a fundamentally nonviolent person. As always, we also run down the things that are making us happy this week.
October 4, 2013 Also: France moves to protect independent bookstores; how to make a living writing dinosaur erotica; a rare interview with Anne Carson.
October 3, 2013 Parkland, from writer-director Peter Landesman, follows people caught up in the drama around the John F. Kennedy assassination, including hospital staff, the Secret Service and the Oswald family. Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti star.
October 3, 2013 A Touch of Sin, from director Jia Zhangke, is a beautiful if graphic take on life amid the corruptions of an economically booming China. Winner of the best screenplay award at Cannes, the film has four interlocking plots — all based on true stories. (Recommended)
October 3, 2013 The film, from Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron, stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in Earth's orbit after their shuttle is demolished. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's visually astounding — and an immersive viewing experience. (Recommended)
October 3, 2013 Artisanal meat producers face a big barrier to getting into the game: They have to come up with a complex food safety plan that can take months of research and tens of thousands of dollars to craft. A new project wants to make it easier for the next charcuterie master to open shop by creating an open-source safety plan that newbies can look to.
October 3, 2013 Critic Alan Cheuse remembers Tom Clancy, hailed by many as the father of the military techno-thriller. Beginning in 1984 with The Hunt for Red October, Cheuse says Clancy created a "hero for our time" in CIA agent turned President Jack Ryan and wrote "dozens of books that seem more real than reality itself."
October 3, 2013 No summer is complete without a picnic, just as no picnic is completed without a few little annoyances: sunburn, spilled wine or ants. Ants! (Shakes fist.) This game, led by house musician Jonathan Coulton, imagines some heightened picnic scenarios, all of which are clues to words that end with the letters "-ant."
October 3, 2013 With New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz as our V.I.P. Puzzle Guru, we knew he'd come up with a doozy of a final round. So when the last two standing turn out to be Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen and Wet Hot American Summer filmmaker David Wain, this anagram showdown gets even more heated.