December 18, 2012 From a meth dealer looking to build an empire to a group of friends who can barely hold down jobs, we look at 10 of the smartest, saddest, funniest, and most distinctive shows of 2012.
December 17, 2012 This year brought plenty of blockbusters and plenty of small-ish art-house films. But it also brought gems that you might have to go way out of your way to see. From a charming documentary about skateboarding kids to an agonizing story of a family stressed to its limits, here are ten worth finding.
December 14, 2012 On this week's show, we ponder a question that seems to come up over and over again: Is culture really worse than it's ever been? And if it isn't, why do people keep saying it is? All that, plus a gift guide and a little more guidance on this weekend's live event at NPR HQ.
December 13, 2012 Congress isn't sitting around quietly while commercials get louder. It's actually illegal now for commercials to blast into your ears more loudly than programming. But why stop there? We've got suggested ordinances to reduce noise from construction, bagpipes, and snowblowers.
December 10, 2012 The natural half-life of excitement over something creative tends to decay all the good feelings about really ambitious television. But maybe it's not them — maybe it's us.
December 5, 2012 Television has made enormous strides toward respectability and seriousness in the last 15 years or so, but it's gotten addicted to bloody violence.
December 5, 2012 Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Mariah Carey perform a stripped-down holiday standard.
December 4, 2012 Sundance announced its premieres yesterday, and while many are very excited about the facial hair on Ashton Kutcher, others anxiously await the return of a movie couple almost 20 years into their relationship.