Hilary Mantel is the Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall. The next installment of her trilogy about the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell is titled Bring Up the Bodies. It tells the story of Cromwell's part in the massive coup that took down Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn. Host Scott Simon speaks with the author.
Cavett was born and raised in Nebraska where he was encouraged to pursue the trade that had brought his family to the prairie years before: interviewing celebrities. We ask this legitimate name-dropper about three real people whose names are remarkably descriptive of who they are.
The way holidays stack up in this country, an outsider might be forgiven for thinking the United States seems like a party monster lurching from beer blast to beer blast. And this Saturday presents an unholy marriage on the same day: Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby. Call it Drinko de Mayo.
Robert Siegel talks to actor Bill Nighy about his role in the new film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The movie follows a group of British retirees who move to the less-expensive and more-exotic India. Expecting a luxury development, they arrive to discover a hotel filled with dusty sheets and birds nesting in the rafters. Their experiences transform the way they see the world and themselves.
American television is crammed with super-observational, socially-maladjusted detectives who solve crimes with the help of a more normal partner. They are all clones of Sherlock Holmes — who is coming back to American TV on Sunday.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel features an all-star cast of veteran British actors, as well as young star Dev Patel. Patel plays an entrepreneur with big dreams of transforming a dilapidated hotel into a luxury resort for "the elderly and beautiful." The film opens in select U.S. cities Friday. Patel talks with host Michel Martin.
RhapsodyinBlue, a 1945 film version of the life of George Gershwin, is out for the first time on DVD. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says it's a fascinating mixture of real facts, pure invention and memorable musical moments.
William Dodd served for four years as the ambassador to Germany before resigning — after repeated clashes with both Nazi Party officials and the State Department. Erik Larson chronicles Dodd's time in Berlin in his new book, In the Garden of Beasts.
Benedict Cumberbatch returns to PBS's Masterpiece with the second season of Sherlock. Since the first season, he has been in high-profile movies including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and War Horse. David Greene talks to Cumberbatch about returning to his TV role as a 21st century Sherlock Holmes, and how his career has changed since the series introduced him to an American audience.
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