February 22, 2013 Nick Andersen says that the Academy Awards would be a lot more interesting with a few tweaks to one of the categories best suited, but least used, for showmanship.
February 22, 2013 In honor of Oscar weekend, we dig into the NPR Books archives for four stories about Oscar-nominated books and actors, from Cary Grant to Cormac McCarthy.
February 21, 2013 Ben Affleck's tense, humor-tinged thriller is being talked up as the Best Picture favorite. But what does that even mean?
February 21, 2013 Backed by broadcasting powerhouse Barry Diller, a new service picks up broadcast TV signals and makes them available over the Web — and the TV networks don't like that one bit. Currently available only in New York City, Aereo is planning to expand ... if it makes it through the legal challenges.
February 20, 2013 Marlon Brando gives a strong case for method acting in the film's famous "I coulda been a contender" sequence. Film critic Bob Mondello says there's no madness to his method — or to the Academy Award-winning film, now out in a superb Blu-ray Disc.
February 19, 2013 In a speech earlier this month, author Hilary Mantel said the Duchess of Cambridge "appeared to have been designed by committee and built by craftsmen." Britain's tabloids were outraged, and even the prime minister weighed in.
February 15, 2013 Fried chicken and waffles is a delicious combo — but is it a traditional Southern one? A lot of readers objected to the idea that this dish originated in the South. We look into the roots of the pairing — and the objections to calling it Southern.
February 14, 2013 Chris Klimek exhaustively catalogs John McClane's adventures saving his wife, chasing terrorists, shooting things, getting dirty, taking a beating, cracking wise, and lots more.
February 14, 2013 In this morning's roundup: Aziz Ansari goes deep on the questions of love and happiness, the House Of Cards hype gets ahead of itself, and an anti-library author starts a (figurative) fire.