March 23, 2012 For more than 20 years, puppeteer Kevin Clash has been the voice behind the lovable red monster on Sesame Street. Both Clash "and" Elmo talk with Terry Gross about performing with Jim Henson, and creating a fun, educational experience for preschool-aged children.
March 22, 2012 The Hunger Games is aimed squarely at the many superfans of Suzanne Collins' book series. Some things about the film will thrill them; others may not.
March 22, 2012 Murdoch's Scandal, a new Frontline documentary, examines allegations of phone hacking and bribery that brought down Rupert Murdoch's tabloid News of the World. Criminal and parliamentary investigations are now underway in the U.K., and dozens of journalists and top executives have been arrested.
March 21, 2012 The concept for the eight-year-old Japanese blockbuster Battle Royale is nearly the same as that of the forthcoming Hunger Games: In a dystopian future, children are forced to fight to the death as a spectacle for the rest of the population. Neda Ulaby explores the links between the two movies.
March 21, 2012 Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning have two things in common: they're guys who inspire a lot of personal loyalty from fans who have increasingly complicated relationships with NFL teams.
March 20, 2012 The Hunger Games' fictional heroine has one thing in common with real-life underage combatants in our world: an impoverished background that makes kids easy prey.
March 17, 2012 Despite the excitement surrounding actor and activist George Clooney's visit to Washington, D.C., this week, there's nothing new about stars testifying before Congress. As celebrities get more involved in politics, can their star power still draw an audience for a worthy cause?
March 16, 2012 Thoughts about the differences between live and recorded performances, inspired by an A.V. Club discussion of bands writers love but don't care to see in concert.
March 16, 2012 The team behind the documentary Planet Earth have teamed up again to explore the coldest, most isolated places on Earth. TV critic David Bianculli says watching Frozen Planet "captures images of so much majesty, artistry, and clarity, it's almost ridiculous."
March 15, 2012 For five seasons, actress Sonja Sohn played Detective Shakima "Kima" Greggs on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, which chronicled life and death on Baltimore's toughest streets. When the series ended, Sohn stayed in Baltimore — to help young people straighten out their lives.