Host Audie Cornish talks with writer and director Barak Goodman about his latest project, Clinton, part of the American Experience: Presidents series. The first of two installments airs Monday night on PBS.
We're streaming our video, downloading our books and doing away with the hard copies that used to help communicate our personalities to one another. Bob Mondello points to a surprisingly early vision of that kind of digital future — and asks what's behind the worry it expresses.
Through his many New Yorker covers, Barry Blitt has become one of the preeminent satirical cartoonists of America's recent presidents. Now Blitt has trained his eye and pen upon our first president; he's illustrated a new children's book called George Washington's Birthday.
The Colbert Report is set to resume production Monday, after a hiatus last week that was brought on by concerns over the health of Stephen Colbert's mother. Lorna Colbert, 91, lives in Charleston, S.C., where the Comedy Central star grew up.
Five of the nominees for the best-picture Oscar this year were based on books. But for author Tessa Harris, that number isn't high enough. She points to three books that should be on the big screen — and you can recommend others in the comments section.
Many Americans use Presidents' Day to reflect on the nation's core values, but the founding fathers often had complicated relationships with those ideals. A new exhibit explores that issue. "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello" highlights the lives of slaves owned by the third U.S. president and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Host Michel Martin speaks with the exhibition's lead curators.
McKenzie, half of the New Zealand musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, wrote five songs in the recent Muppetsmovie. "Man or Muppet" is nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards. [extended cut]
There's a new, towering tribute to the 16th president in the nation's capitol: A three-story sculpture of 7,000 books written about the 16th president. The sculpture represents less than half of the 15,000 some books written about Lincoln, says Paul Tetreault, director of Ford's Theatre.
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