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Come Monday night, CBS's The Late Late Show will have a new host: James Corden. The British actor told NPR's Scott Simon he's hoping to breathe some fresh air into late night TV.
<em>Childrens Hospital</em> returns to Comedy Central's Adult Swim for its sixth season Friday. NPR's Eric Deggans spent a day on set and reports on how this niche comedy is swimming against the tide.
On this week's show, we read a book — specifically Nick Hornby's <em>Funny Girl</em>. We broaden out from there to film adaptations of books, and as always, we tell you what's making us happy this week.
With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, <em>Empire</em>, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.
We talk to romance blogger Sarah Wendell about romance fans, romance novels, and some of her top recommendations for fans and new visitors alike.
Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.
The perfect example, says critic David Bianculli, is HBO's <em>The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. S</em>pread out over six weeks, the finale had the most chilling TV moment he's seen in years.
The docu-series <em></em>ended Sunday with murder suspect Robert Durst seeming to admit guilt. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says that moment may also have created a TV genre with its own set of rules.
Diane Ruggiero-Wright was a full-time waitress in New Jersey when one of her patrons asked what she really wanted to be doing. She told him she was a writer — and it turned out he was a writer, too.
The film by Orson Welles was inspired by media mogul William Randolph Hearst, who hated it with a passion. But this weekend, the film was finally shown at Hearst's legendary California castle.
On this week's show, live from NPR HQ, we talk with Guy Raz about anniversaries and kid things, and we rattle off our favorite happy-making things.
Pop Culture Happy Hour regulars Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about the TBS competition show <em>King Of The Nerds</em>.
The new show's co-creator says it became a writers' room joke on <em>Breaking Bad</em> that if something didn't fit it would go on the Saul Goodman show, or what is now AMC's <em>Better Call Saul. </em>
Before Ken Jeong played Señor Chang in <em>Community</em> and the infamous Mr. Chow in <em>The Hangover</em>, his patients knew him as Dr. Jeong. <em>This piece originally aired on</em> All Things Considered <em>on April 5, 2014.</em>
Mary Aiken, who examines digital fingerprints to help solve crimes, is the real-life inspiration for the lead investigator on <em>CSI: Cyber. </em>She says she works where "humans and technology collide."
The new Netflix comedy series <em>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,</em> co-created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper, offers a harrowing twist on the "small-town woman moves to the big city" story.
<em>Line of Duty</em> is the BBC's hit police drama about an anti-corruption unit. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with two of the stars, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston.
The housewife and superstar — a creation of Australian comedian Barry Humphries — says it's not entirely clear what her retirement will look like. "I'm a restless spirit," she says.
On this week's show, the state of rock and the art of the con — or at least the con-artist film.
Mathematician Hannah Fry says math can help you find love. Using mathematical models, she explains how to find an ideal mate and the secret to maintaining a healthy relationship.
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