"Mockbusters" are straight-to-video knockoffs of Hollywood hits. They've got a long and glorious history stretching back to '50s B-movies, and NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports they're having a mini-renaissance in the age of SyFy and Netflix streaming.
A selection of 88 books selected by the staff of the Library of Congress are currently on display in the institution's Thomas Jefferson Building. We consider the list and some titles that didn't make the cut.
Andrew Rannells stars in the new comedy TV series The New Normal about a gay couple who want a child so they hire a surrogate. Rannells tells Fresh Air that he didn't want to "dumb down" the serious role with "stereotypical over-the-top gay flash and sass."
Top designers are showing off their spring 2013 collections in New York. Host Michel Martin gets a glimpse of what's hot and what's not with Isabel Wilkinson, editor of the fashion section for The Daily Beast. They also discuss Michelle Obama and Ann Romney's fashion picks at the conventions.
Artists and musicians often take the first hit when the economy takes a turn for the worse. Host Michel Martin speaks with writer Amanda Abrams about one violin maker's struggle to make ends meet in tough times. Abrams chronicles Howard Needham's story in this week's Washington Post Magazine.
Christine Ha is the first blind contestant on FOX's reality TV show MasterChef, and she's competing in the finals on Monday night. For Tell Me More's occasional "In Your Ear" series, Ha shares some of the songs she turns to for inspiration.
Women have fought tirelessly to establish equal footing for themselves in relationships, politics and the workplace — and according to writer Hanna Rosin, they've finally arrived. "We have to redefine what we mean by 'head of the household,'" she says.
In The Knockoff Economy, Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman say that in the world of fashion, copycats make styles go in and out of vogue faster. Copying breeds competition, Raustiala says, and that makes clothes cheaper for consumers.
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