Peter Parker's transformation from nerdy teenager to nerdy teenager with superstrength is retold in The Amazing Spider-Man. NPR's Bob Mondello says that star Andrew Garfield is great as the awkward high-schooler with newfound powers, and keeps the movie from feeling superfluous.
Author Rajiv Chandrasekaran believes the U.S. has made multiple miscalculations in waging war in Afghanistan. In his new book, Little America, he says the U.S. should have learned from a largely forgotten U.S. adventure undertaken there a half-century earlier.
NPR reporter — and proud corgi owner — Julie Rovner takes a break from covering health care policy to dig through the pile of dog memoirs in the Morning Edition mailbox. From heartwarming to hard-nosed, there's something for everyone.
The new website BrideRush offers last-minute affordable dream weddings for those that don't want to spend months, even years planning the big day. Founder Anita Malik talks with host Michel Martin about how it all works, and why she's seeing many couples forgo the traditional long engagement.
The author of Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes touts the health benefits and tastiness of Indian spices. Americans seeking "more and more flavor ... just cannot get enough of Indian cuisine," says Anupy Singla.
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