Serena Frome is more bookworm than spy, but her bosses at MI5 have the perfect mission for her: to cultivate and fund British writers whose politics align with those of the government. Literature and Cold War espionage collide in Ian McEwan's new novel.
For the past 30 years, the homemaking guru has taught people to be classy, useful and elegant, frequently employing her trademark line, "It's a good thing." We've invited her to play a game called "It's a bad thing." Three questions about terrible do-it-yourself craft projects.
Each month, NPR's All Things Considered invites a poet into the newsroom to see how the show comes together, and to write an original poem about the news. This month, our NewsPoet is Idra Novey. Want to write your own poem about the day's news? You can put it in the comments below.
Criminologist David M. Kennedy's strategy for reducing gang violence has dramatically reduced youth homicide rates nationwide. In his new memoir, Don't Shoot, Kennedy outlines how community meetings and interventions have worked to curb youth violence in more than 70 cities.
Two of the year's most highly anticipated movies arrive this week. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and Skyfall, the third film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond 007, directed by American Beauty Oscar-winner Sam Mendes. Film critic David Edelstein has this review of both.
Director Sam Mendes won critical acclaim and an Oscar for his first feature film, American Beauty. Now, he is taking on one of the most iconic cinematic franchises in the new James Bond film, Skyfall. He speaks with Renee Montagne about the experience.
Sometimes a son isn't a chip off the old block, and a mother isn't anything like her daughter. Straight parents have gay kids; hearing parents have deaf kids; and autistic kids are born to parents who don't have autism. In a new book, Andrew Solomon looks at how families cope with their differences.
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