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'Starred Up' Not Your Typical Father-Son Tale

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the director and writer of the new hard-hitting British film set in a prison for violent offenders.

Legal Dilemmas Become Human Drama In Ian McEwan's Latest

The Children Act by Ian McEwan is about a judge whose ruling decides the fate of a teenager in ways she can't imagine. It's written with McEwan's trademark gracefulness and control.

The Considered Bite: Low-Carb Diets And Our Relationship With Food

According to a new study, cutting back on carbs can lead to weight loss. Dana Goodyear and Jason Sheehan explore how to eat enjoyably, by recommending Tartine Bread and The Gastronomical Me.

So, Are You Working On Your Novel? Or Tweeting About Your Novel?

"Working on my novel" is a favorite phrase on Twitter, used by writers who are diligently — or not so diligently — toiling away. Artist Cory Arcangel has collected some of these tweets into a book.

Does It Matter That Rosie Perez Is The First Latina Co-Host Of 'The View'?

The Oscar-nominated daughter of Puerto Rican parents is the first permanent Latina co-host in The View's 17-year history. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans explains why that matters.

A Poet On Losing His Son: 'Before You Heal, You Have To Mourn'

In Gabriel, Edward Hirsch delivers a 78-page elegy to his son. He says turning his memories into poetry "gave me something to do with my grief."

Sharp-Tongued Comedian Joan Rivers Dies At 81

Comedian Joan Rivers kept audiences laughing through a 50-year career that included bankruptcy, getting banned from The Tonight Show and mourning her husband's suicide.

In E-Book Price War, Amazon's Long-Term Strategy Requires Short-Term Risks

Amazon's position is that "instead of selling 100,000 copies at $14.95, you would sell 200,000 copies, let's say, at $8.99 or $9.99," says industry analyst Tim Bajarin.

The Fine Art Of Pricing Detroit's Collection

With Detroit's bankruptcy trial underway, one point of contention is likely to be the value of the city's art collection. The art market can be unpredictable, and disagreements between appraisers and creditors reflect just how political Detroit's art has become.

In 'The Chair,' Two Filmmakers Make Movies From The Same Script

The new 10-episode reality show on Starz follows Anna Martemucci, a graduate of NYU film school, and Shane Dawson, who's been making YouTube videos for eight years. They compete for $250,000.