On this week's show, we lay bare (PUN!) (BAD PUN!) the issue of nudity and use Pi Day as an entry point to talk nerd holidays and other celebrations of popular culture.
Also: Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award are announced; Martha Woodruff decodes the confusing world of book auctions.
Renee Montagne talks to Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd about their book, Sliver of Light, detailing their capture and detention by Iran, while hiking in the Kurdish region Iraq.
The show aired its last episode in 2007, but this week, after a record-setting Kickstarter campaign, its sharp-elbowed detective protagonist makes her big-screen debut.
Set in Los Angeles' large Iranian-American community, Shirin In Love tracks an all-too-predictable love triangle among Shirin, her Iranian plastic-surgeon fiance, and the white son of a famous author.
In Denis Villeneuve's stylish thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal is Adam — and Anthony, two men who look exactly alike and can't figure out why. Twins, madness, tricks? We're kept guessing until the very end.
A British couple tries to re-create the magic of their Paris honeymoon 30 years later. NPR's Bob Mondello says the couple's "second adolescence" is great fun to watch.
On Twitter, some writers started asking the same question: Wouldn't it be great if Amtrak offered "residencies" to writers, so they could ride the rails and write? And Amtrak said: Let's try it.
We're going galactic with this final round. Play along as puzzle guru Art Chung quizzes contestants on some truly extraterrestrial trivia, in which the answers are all things found in outer space.
Netflix has released three images from the upcoming second season of the much-discussed series; let the speculating BEGIN!
Douglas was the voice of, among other things, the trailers of Con Air, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, and Lethal Weapon.
Martha Woodroof continues her series on first novels with a look at the book auction: how do they work, how do authors react to them, and how on earth to you celebrate a big success?
Also: adding a word to the Scrabble dictionary; a new Oprah Winfrey book; T Magazine visits The Ginger Man author J. P. Donleavy.
Nicole Mones' new Night in Shanghai follows an African-American pianist making his way in the city's nightclub scene on the eve of World War II. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says the story really swings.
For years, the relationship only went one way: from stage to screen. But this spring, four big musicals are based on films, including favorites like Rocky, Aladdin and The Bridges of Madison County.
Also: The Twitter Fiction Festival launches; Mindy Kaling is writing a second book; the creators of HBO's Game of Thrones series say they know how George R.R. Martin's series will end.
The Book of Hours, Kevin Young's eighth collection, tracks the emotional extremes of a father's death and a son's birth. The poems present a gentle vision of mourning — a habitable kind of hurt.
Monday night's Bachelor finale was a con, a standoff, an awkward date, a meltdown, and a reminder that behind every fake televised story is a real tale of show business.
Also: George Saunders' story collection Tenth of December has won yet another major literary award; a poem from Kevin Prufer; audiobook narrator Simon Vance speaks to Slate.
Albert has been to dozens of cities across Europe. Trouble is, he can't remember how he got to any of them. Maud Casey's novel, The Man Who Walked Away, infuses his spotty story with charm and music.
Brigid Schulte and her husband planned to have an equal partnership. But years down the road, "I realized that we had both fallen into very traditional roles without even realizing it," she says.
Canada invented iced cider in the '90s. Now it's becoming trendy and Vermont wants to cash in, too. The frigid winter has been just the stuff to turn the state's frozen apples into tasty dessert wine.
A new biography of Stokely Carmichael traces his evolution from civil rights activist to an early proponent of the black power movement and international human rights advocate.
The HBO drama wrapped up its eight-episode season Sunday night much as it began: as an intriguing mix of a passionately realized aesthetic and a disappointing mystery.
In this segment of Around the World, Here at Home, we talk with a couple of professors who met through an arranged marriage in India; 45 years later, their passion for education and helping others has led them on an incredible path.