This fall, television is continuing its love affair with the 1960s. ABC's Pan Am and NBC's The Playboy Club put the women of the era front and center. Part of the trend is due to the hit show Mad Men, but viewers might also be fascinated with how far we've come with gender equality.
Writer St. John Fox is killing off his heroines, and his imaginary muse Mary has had enough. "You're a serial killer," Mary tells Fox, before challenging him to write stories that don't end in death. Novelist Helen Oyeyemi talks about her fourth novel with NPR's Audie Cornish.
In honor of the start of the Supreme Court's new term, think of five words related to a given category whose first letters spell out "court." For example, if the category was girls' names, the answers could be (C)onnie, (O)lga, (U)ma, (R)achel and (T)ina.
Ken Burns latest PBS series, Prohibition, examines how a ban on alcohol in an alcohol-loving society ever came to be passed in the first place, and how its enforcement made it inevitable that it could not stand.
Chad Harbach's acclaimed debut novel, The Art Of Fielding, is full of wins and losses. But when a star player chokes, the book raises big questions about the things we chase in life — and what happens when we fall short.
Homeland premieres Sunday on Showtime. The 13-week drama is a psychological thriller that centers on a CIA officer, played by Claire Danes, who is convinced there is an al-Qaida conspiracy to use a former American POW in a plot against the United States. NPR's counter-terrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston has screened the first three episodes of the show and speaks to host Scott Simon about its depiction of terrorism today.
Northeast residents who hope to carve jack-o-lanterns this Halloween may have to shop around. Tropical Storm Irene destroyed pumpkin patches in Upstate New York and other areas. Other farms, though, were left with a bumper crop. Marie Cusick visits Black Horse Farms in Athens, N.Y., where pumpkins are selling out fast.
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