On Sunday Christians all over the world will observe Easter Sunday with joy. But what is joy? Host Scott Simon talks with Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, contributing editor to America Magazine and author of Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter Are at the Heart of Spiritual Life.
Rachel Dratch was one of the stars of Saturday Night Live from 1999 to 2006. She was hilarious, and then she left the show. What happened then? Well, she got so tired of answering that question she wrote a whole book about it, called Girl Walks Into a Bar.
The bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland doesn't take effect until 2013, and likely faces a ballot challenge before that, but already some are calling for the state to legalize same-sex divorce.
The Vatican is thrown into crisis when the just-elected pontiff doubts he can do the job. NPR's Bob Mondello says We Have A Pope director Nanni Moretti leavens the institutional and emotional stress with humor, and star Michel Piccoli delivers a sweetly sympathetic performance. (Recommended)
After beating non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a Philadelphia woman used a Facebook campaign to persuade Mattel to make a bald Barbie. The toymaker will only distribute the dolls to sick children, but another company has agreed to roll out bald versions of Bratz dolls nationwide.
It's been 100 years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, and the anniversary brings with it a barrage of literature. Former NPR editor Rachel Syme has been keeping track of the new releases and lists her favorites here. Do you have a favorite Titanic book? Let us know in the comments.
A long-standing myth holds that Catholics eat fish on Fridays because of a secret pact a medieval pope made to sell more fish. That's just a fish tale. The real story behind fish Fridays is much better.
As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet from storyteller and poet Anne McCrady of Henderson, Texas. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.
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