October 8, 2012 Tig Notaro walked onstage hours after finding out she was diagnosed with cancer, and talked about it in a standup comedy set that Louis C.K. described in a tweet as masterful. Notaro talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the set, titled Tig Notaro: Live.
October 8, 2012 Novelists Daniel Woodrell, Christopher Moore and Chuck Palahniuk confront the darker sides of life with varying degrees of humor, while writer Susan Orlean looks at the life of dog star Rin Tin Tin, and Wade Davis reassesses George Mallory's historic climbs on Mount Everest.
October 8, 2012 A book without suffering or struggle can only be described as one thing: boring. For Three Books, author Will Wiles writes about his favorite literary misadventures. Do you have a favorite book about everything going wrong? Tell us in the comments.
October 8, 2012 The author and poet is known for his perspective on being a Native American in contemporary culture. Alexie shares his recommendations for YouTube videos, movies and TV shows, including iconic Olympic moments, raunchy British teens and an Eastwood Western.
October 7, 2012 The president laughed and stuck the pea in his nose again. The first time he had done it, he had gotten such a big laugh that he simply had to do it again. After all, it was Christmas Eve! No war, no unemployment. Just a little dinnertime fun for the leader of the free world and his family.
October 7, 2012 Colin Meloy, best known as the Decemberists' front man, is also a novelist. His newest book is the second in a series for young readers, called Wildwood Chronicles. The book catches up with its precocious protagonist, Prue, who leaves the seventh grade to return to the magical world of Wildwood.
October 7, 2012 Best known for her role in the TV series Friday Night Lights, Connie Britton plays a veteran country megastar whose cooling career is threatened by a new rising singer. Britton stars in the new TV series Nashville, which premieres this Wednesday on ABC.
October 7, 2012 When an aspiring writer agrees to look after his old friend's flat, enduring an absent homeowner's passive-aggressive notes isn't the worst that will happen. In his first novel, Care of Wooden Floors, Will Wiles follows a housesitting job gone terribly, terribly wrong.
October 6, 2012 Saturday night on CBS in 1973: All In The Family, M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show and The Carol Burnett Show. The pioneering comedienne was a capstone of American television for more than a decade. Now, a new DVD collection compiles 16 of Carol Burnett's favorite episodes.
October 6, 2012 Years ago, musician Ben Folds started a band with his two friends and called it the Ben Folds Five. Ben Folds went on to have a solo career, but he's gotten the band back together and their new album is The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Folds plays a game called "I'll Be Back!"