October 25, 2013 Sherwin Nuland is a successful surgeon and author known for his bestselling books on the nature of life and death. But 40 years ago, he faced spending the rest of his life in a mental institution. Nuland describes how electroshock therapy gave him a second lease on life.
October 25, 2013 Blue Is the Warmest Color, a coming-of-age movie about the love affair between two young women, has been criticized as pornographic and exploitive. But critic David Edelstein says the film artfully captures the intensity of sexual discovery — and dependency. (Recommended)
October 25, 2013 A number-crunching project that sifted through hundreds of thousands of recipes and user reviews finds something pork lovers have long known: Bacon does seem to take many dishes up a notch. But it's not the only "miracle" ingredient when it comes to boosting your food's flavor.
October 25, 2013 On this week's show, we dive into the beautiful and challenging film 12 Years A Slave, both in its capacity as a film about slavery and in its capacity as a plain old good movie. We discuss a few rites of passage that seem to us essential, and we close with what's making us happy this week.
October 25, 2013 Also: Iran's culture minister hints that bans on certain books may be reconsidered; The New York Times is profiling small poetry presses; Jonathan Franzen on why making money is a double-edged sword.
October 25, 2013 The corporate thriller, from director Costa-Gavras (Z), is based the 2008 banking crisis and follows a French banker (Gad Elmaleh) as he navigates the world of international finance and intrigue. (Recommended)
October 24, 2013 Documentarian Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) follows a group of young revolutionaries living and protesting in Egypt during the past two tumultuous years in that strife-torn country.
October 24, 2013 The film, directed by Ridley Scott and adapted from a Cormac McCarthy screenplay, follows a lawyer who gets tangled up in a drug deal gone wrong. Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz star.
October 24, 2013 Patricia Wright arrived in the Amazon armed only with intense curiosity about secretive owl monkeys. She emerged from the jungle on a new life trajectory. Since that singular experience, she has gone on to become well known for her work with Lemurs in Madagascar. Commentator Barbara J. King interviews Wright about her new memoir.
October 24, 2013 Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martinez has ridden the train known as "the Beast" eight times, interviewing Central American migrants on their way to the U.S. He shares his experiences in the book The Beast. Alt.Latino asked him about the books he read that inspired him — and what he'd take to read on a desert island.
October 24, 2013 Blue Is the Warmest Color won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Now the French drama is arriving in U.S. theaters amid controversy over its explicit sex scenes — and public difficulties between the director and his stars.
October 24, 2013 It's Opposite Day for this final round, in which puzzle guru Art Chung will give you the "opposite" of a well-known book title, and you must figure out the real one. For example, "The Visible Woman," is a clue to The Invisible Man. So if we tell you "bad misfortune," what we really mean is—good luck.
October 24, 2013 The author of the memoir Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women's Prison speaks about navigating the prison social structure, how cooking behind bars allowed her to bond with fellow inmates, and the differences between her actual experiences and those depicted in the hit Netflix series based on her story.