January 15, 2013 Dav Pilkey has just released his 10th Captain Underpants book. The series, packed with potty humor and goofy illustrations, delights reluctant readers and horrifies many grown-ups. Pilkey says he wanted to create books that would appeal even to readers who struggle, the way he did as a child.
December 24, 2012 Believe it or not, Downton Abbey is not the only quality show that the BBC has sent stateside in the past few years. Elizabeth Blair explores BBC imports — and an original from its American counterpart — that conjure up the same nostalgia and drama.
December 13, 2012 Etsy began as a place for home crafters and small businesses to sell their goods, but it has experienced growing pains as it surpasses 800,000 sellers. Some sellers are actually fronts for factories, while other sellers have left because the site isn't designed to handle volume.
December 1, 2012 After 35 years and 186 artists, only two honorees have been Hispanic — Placido Domingo in 2000 and Chita Rivera in 2002. "When you paint that picture and you leave the Latino artist community out of it, there's a huge hole," says Felix Sanchez, president of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.
November 30, 2012 The National Football League could coast nicely on its colossal audience. But as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, execs have turned their attention to the nation's children, targeting them with NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians, an animated TV show co-produced with Nickelodeon.
October 20, 2012 The HBO film The Girl sets out to shed light on the complicated behind-the-scenes relationship between actress Tippi Hedren and director Alfred Hitchcock during the filming of The Birds in 1963. As Elizabeth Blair explains, Hitchcock's obsession with Hedren is the stuff of a Hollywood thriller.