The latest iPhone Siri ads, featuring actors Samuel L. Jackson, John Malkovich and Zooey Deschanel, are entertaining enough — if you enjoy watching people talking to themselves. Sure, Apple seems to be pushing its smartphone, but the subtler message may be about something else.
NPR's Morning Edition has been traveling the "revolutionary road." Steve Inskeep notes in a dispatch from Tunisia that icons from Luke Skywalker to Indiana Jones have used it as a backdrop, but the reality looks far different.
Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao became the first ever Vietnamese-American member of Congress in 2009, after winning a majority black and Democratic district. Filmmaker Leo Chiang tells the story of Cao's success — and the scandal that helped him along — in Mr. Cao Goes to Washington.
In a new autobiography, survivalist and television host Bear Grylls charts his journey from recalcitrant schoolboy to a spot in Britain's elite special forces, the SAS, and addresses the controversy surrounding his Discovery Channel show, Man vs. Wild.
James Bond stands for action and adventure, but perhaps even more, he's stood for style. A tailor in London is now re-creating some of the dapper suits that Sean Connery made famous in early Bond films. David Mason, the director of Anthony Sinclair, Ltd., discusses the effort.
It's time to rev up the old minivan and hit the road for summer vacation. But how to keep the kids (and adults) from getting bored? Audiobook expert Adam Boretz recommends stories so good you'll forget to ask, "Are we there yet?"
A vacation in the remote English countryside brings all sorts of family tensions to a boil in Mark Haddon's latest novel, The Red House. Haddon says the poetic language in the book is as much a part of the narrative as any of the characters.
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