As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares a poetic tweet, in the form of a haiku, from Scott Heath. He's a professor of African-American literature and black pop culture. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.
Actor Jack Black plays a kindly, small-town funeral director who murders a wealthy millionaire in the new film Bernie. Black is also one-half of the comedy folk-rock group Tenacious D. They've just released a new album in the style of heavy metal bands from the 1980s.
In his new memoir, Rodney King explains why he gave his famous "Can we get along?" speech when riots erupted after police officers were acquitted in his beating. His lawyers had drafted a far angrier script for him. He also reflects on his life since the trial: "Things have changed for me," he says.
Children's books seem simple, but good ones are deceptively complicated to write and illustrate. The images and the text depend on each other, and author Martin Salisbury says it's quite a challenge to condense a story into just 32 pages while maintaining simplicity and elegance.
When Akash Kapur returned to India after more than a decade of living in the United States, he returned to a place he hardly recognized. He chronicles some of those changes in his book, India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India.
As usual, this year's summer blockbusters will be stuffed with computer-created aliens, zombies or vampires. Not all filmmakers want virtual creatures, however; at Monsterpalooza, they make their monsters by hand.
In Ft. Lauderdale, it's a weekend for carved wooden idols, Hawaiian shirts and tropical drinks. It's the Hukilau, an annual gathering of fans of all things tiki — as in faux-Polynesia — a fad that a dedicated legion of devotees say is back.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to series television in Veep Sunday night on HBO. She talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the frustrated vice president she plays, why you'll never see the president, and her career in comedy.
Troubled by her 20-something clients' lack of direction, clinical psychologist Meg Jay decided to write a book about those formative years. In The Defining Decade, she argues that those years are by far the most crucial in our adult development.
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