A new collection of Dickinson's poems — written on envelopes and found after her death — opens a rare porthole into the enigmatic writer's life and art. Literally and figuratively shaped by their unusual medium, the poems in The Gorgeous Nothings invite endless interpretations.
Each year as they begin to deck the halls, theaters around the country put on seasonal shows. And not just the old standbys: Singularly local stories, including a New York City fairy tale and a Chicago-set musical, have become real holiday traditions.
The Great Beauty is the latest portrait of the city onscreen, in all its wonder, decadence, sinfulness and ugliness. The film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is also Italy's official entry for this year's Academy Awards.
Earlier this week, international negotiators agreed on a deal to curb the Iranian nuclear program temporarily. Author Ariel Dorfman offers context to the reactions that have followed. He suggests a book of poetry by the Sufi master Rumi, a fascinating glimpse into the lives and ideas that shape Persian identity.
Rick Najera's name may not sound familiar, but his acting, writing and production work is famous in Hollywood. Host Michel Martin talks with Najera about his career and his memoir, Almost White: Forced Confessions of A Latino in Hollywood. This segment initially aired Oct. 3, 2013 on Tell Me More.
Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) and starring Idris Elba, a biographical drama based on Nelson Mandela's memoir also stars Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela — wife and sometime fierce adversary of the former South African president.
In an annual tradition, writer Bailey White spins a fictional tale of love and life. This year's entry is about a woman dying of cancer who is attended to by a series of old boyfriends, each of whom contributes some sort of minor service. The story ends with a symbolic event at an old hollow tree in the woods, where a coiled snake meets a violent end.
Let's face it, while Thanksgiving get-togethers can be joyful, they can also be stressful. Audie Cornish talks with Amy Dickinson, who writes the syndicated column "Ask Amy," about how to navigate tricky family relationships during the Thanksgiving holiday.
In movies like Toy Story, Despicable Me and the new fairy tale Frozen, elaborate sight gags are critical to the cartoon humor. And the process of getting the laughs from storyboard to screen is more complicated than you might think.
Springfield is gearing up for its annual Festival of Lights, which includes the lighting of two gigantic trees and a host of other special holiday events. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details on what will be new this year.
In partnership with the American Association of Community Theater's "NewPlayFest," Springfield Little Theatre was one of six regional theater companies selected to present the first fully-staged production of a brand-new play. It opens this weekend at the Landers Theatre. KSMU's Randy Stewart has more.
There’s been a drastic technological shift over the past few decades in how news is captured through a camera lens. But while Springfield native Bob Linder has adapted to the changes, those bedrock principals that helped produce his Hall of Fame career have remained the same. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has the story.
If you’ve dreamed about taking a trip to drink in the colors of the fall foliage, but you haven’t yet made it to Maine or Vermont, you’re in luck. KSMU’s chief engineer, Doug Waugh, tipped one of our reporters off to a scenic trail in southern Missouri that attracts tourists from across the Midwest this time of year. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson headed to the Glade Top Trail, and brings us this report.
In this segment of Around the World, Here at Home, we hear from Heinz and Vroni Buff of Douglas County, Missouri. These two dairy farmers came to the US in search of opportunity for themselves and their children after regulations for dairy farmers became too burdensome for them in Switzerland.
Marideth Sisco is known in these parts for many things: she's the singer for The Blackberry Winter Band, which rose to fame after its work with the Oscar-winning film "Winter's Bone." She's a folklorist and Ozarks storyteller. But she's also near and dear to the KSMU family: she writes our popular series These Ozarks Hills. Right now, Marideth Sisco is in the midst of cancer treatments. And artists around the region are gathering tomorrow (Sat, 9/28) at the Yellow House Community Arts Center in West Plains for her sake. Jennifer Davidson sat down with one of the event’s organizers, and has this interview to share.