Natasha Trethewey says there’s a poem out there for everyone. Her poetry explores the interplay of race and memory in her life and in American history. She joins Diane to discuss what she hopes to accomplish as the U.S. Poet Laureate.
Reality TV shows have gotten big ratings over the past few years — and the crazier they are, the more popular. Some people say it's just harmless entertainment, but critics say the on-screen fighting and confrontations have disturbing effects on young women.
The world is full of data — and that's a problem. We have to find a place to store all those digital photos, tax records and unfinished novels. British scientists have demonstrated a possible solution: They've stored all of Shakespeare's sonnets on several small stretches of DNA.
A Chinese man in Beijing has set up a cafe identical to the New York hangout on the hit TV show. For owner Du Xin, Friends is "like a religion" — and he's not the only one. He's opened a second Central Perk in Shanghai, capitalizing on the Chinese fondness for the six friends and their laid-back, freewheeling lives.
NPR's Renee Montagne talks to actor, comedian, director, writer and all-around funny guy Mel Brooks, the man behind such cracked classics as Blazing Saddles and Spaceballs. He has a new DVD set out that covers his career from the 1950s to today.
Melissa Block talks with Steven Zeitchik, arts and entertainment writer for the Los Angeles Times, about the Sundance Film Festival. They discuss the buzz-worthy movies and emerging trends from this year's festival.
Robert Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival draws thousands of filmgoers and millions of dollars to snowy Park City, Utah. But a state subsidy contributing to the event is drawing controversy from some conservatives, who say films screened at the festival don't reflect the values of the state.
Born from a deadly underground train crash, Manhattan's historic transit hub is credited with inventing the ramp and bringing electricity to both train tracks and terminal. Author Sam Roberts marks its centennial in Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America.
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