What's possibly the nerdiest documentary ever made turns out to be one of the most inspiring, too. It's the inside story of the quest for a tiny, elusive particle of matter. (Recommended.)
It's time again for the show that people love to hate: the Whitney Biennial, an overview of American art. Critics often trash it, but as Karen Michel says, this year's showcase has a few surprises.
Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar for 12 Years A Slave, but he's being criticized for an old essay about black people. The barbershop guys give their own speeches on the topic.
On this week's show, we dispense with the Oscars, dig deep into RuPaul's Drag Race, and offer some suggestions for when you're stuck on the couch for a while.
Also: The longlist is announced for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; Anna Holmes on Scout Finch and Harriet the Spy; Teju Cole on reading.
With the release of her fifth novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi is growing out of the literary wunderkind label and into something richer and stranger. Annalisa Quinn has a profile.
Goodnight Songs is a compilation of formerly unpublished lullabies and poems by the author of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown. Linda Wertheimer talks to Amy Gary, who discovered the new material.
Wes Anderson's eighth film, set primarily in a 1930s hotel, is just as stylish, precise, and nostalgic as his past films — and far funnier. (Recommended)
In a semi-sequel to 2006's 300, a naval battle between the Greeks and Persians gets the over-the-top CGI treatment.
Ed Walker fell in love with radio as a kid in the 1930s. Today, as the host of WAMU 88.5's beloved Sunday night show, he introduces a new generation to classic programs from the golden age of radio.
A new section of the LINK, a planned bicycling and pedestrian route through Springfield’s core, was unveiled Thursday morning at Doling Park. KSMU’s Shane Franklin attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, and has this story.
Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis will play the singing and dancing moppet opposite Jamie Foxx in a new version of Annie. In the trailer, she assures us that the sun will still come out tomorrow.
When something scary happens, sometimes the only thing people know how to do is make jokes. Yesterday, they got a little help from Patrick Stewart.
Also: finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction announced; testing the Hemingway App; warfare and rocket cats.
In Kenneth Calhoun's debut novel, no one can sleep — and the insomnia's driving people crazy. Reviewer Jason Heller says Black Moon isn't just another spin of the post-apocalypse plot wheel.
"The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are as much every U.S. citizen's wars as they are the veterans' wars," says Phil Klay, who served in Iraq. His debut story collection is called Redeployment.
No, Raymond Chandler isn't churning out new material from the grave. This Philip Marlowe story is written by someone else, yet it retains many of the crime writer's best qualities.
This week's softcover releases include George Packer's The Unwinding, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's Americanah and Mohsin Hamid's How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia.
Jason Mott's novel The Returned is about families reuniting when a loved one comes back from the dead. It's been turned into a new TV show called Resurrection, which premieres on ABC this weekend.
Also: Novelist Kamila Shamsie writes about the process of becoming a British citizen; Lena Dunham to write for Archie Comics; John le Carré on government surveillance.
Fantagraphics is out with a new volume of romance comics by Captain America creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says they're "snicker-worthy" and "compulsively quotable."
Why eat preserved cod when fresh is so readily available? The salt transforms it into savory, complex comfort food, and nearly every country bordering the Atlantic Ocean has a version of it.
We set aside a moment to recognize the greatness of Donna Meagle, the most Mercedes-loving employee of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department.
Also: Ansel Elkins wins the Yale Younger Poets Prize; What Is a Cat? author Bill Adler dies; the possible secret life of W.H. Auden.
Don't call this a "Wes Anderson film." No, with its mix of humor and darkness, the director's new movie is both familiar and quite different. Anderson and actor Ralph Fiennes talk about their process.