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Last night, after 33 years on TV as a late-night talk show host, David Letterman presented his final program. David Bianculli says Letterman's final show was a strong end to an illustrious career.
Rob Burnett started working with David Letterman as an intern in 1985. He talks with Terry Gross about the absurd and somber moments of his three-decade tenure with the <em>Late Show.</em>
Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss <em>Mad Max: Fury Road</em>, director George Miller's cinematic return to a post-apocalyptic wasteland that boasts a weirdly thriving car culture.
<em>Late Show</em> host David Letterman said goodbye Wednesday night with his trademark self-deprecating sarcasm. He left as he had arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.
The South Carolina landmark that's both loved and lampooned has gained national celebrity. But the peach's bright paint has soured over the years, so it's getting a makeover — to the chagrin of some.
The <em>WTF</em> host asks the <em>Fresh Air</em> host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.
After all eight seasons of drama, the TV series about men and women in advertising ended with a full-length ad. TV critic David Bianculli says the conclusion was "so unexpected, yet so appropriate."
AMC's <em>Mad Men</em> ended its seven-season run on Sunday. Fans may have loved how characters' stories were resolved, but critics may question how writers got them there.
Chad Hodge, the creator of the 10-episode limited series, promises that it won't leave viewers hanging. "One thing that I really wanted to do with this show is not cheat you as a viewer," he says.
"They're very much in their own lives," says Semi Chellas, who is also the show's co-executive producer. The AMC period drama ends its seventh and final season on Sunday.
On this week's show: <em>Pitch Perfect 2 </em>is just the beginning of our summer movie preview. Plus, books and music make an appearance as we talk about what's making us happy.
Banks makes her directorial debut with <em>Pitch Perfect</em> <em>2</em>; she talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about breaking into directing, the true meaning of a cappella, and how the Barden Bellas are really Rocky.
<em>Mad Max: Fury Road </em>reboots a testosterone-fueled franchise with some tough new female characters. Director George Miller says women were an organic element as he rethought the original movies.
NPR's Eric Deggans interviews David Letterman about his career as a late night host. Letterman will retire from CBS' <em>Late Show</em> next Wednesday.
<em>Mad Men</em> creator Matthew Weiner joins us in Santa Barbara, CA, to talk screenwriting, life before success, and his secret past as a Jeopardy! champion.
<em>Mad Men</em> creator Matthew Weiner joins us in Santa Barbara, Calif., to talk screenwriting, life before success, and his secret past as a <em>Jeopardy!</em> champion.
No one has been a late-night TV host longer than David Letterman, who retires Wednesday after 33 years. Here's what he told TV Critic Eric Deggans about leaving the Ed Sullivan Theater one last time.
Comics creator Noelle Stevenson has written for Boom! Studios and Marvel's new female Thor. Her webcomic <em>Nimona, </em>about a young shapeshifter with a streak of villainy, has just been released as a book.
On the 70th anniversary of the books that spawned <em>Thomas The Tank Engine</em>, NPR's Elizabeth Blair considers the economic model of Thomas's home island of Sodor, and its elaborate railway system.
The once dominant TV show <em>American Idol</em> will end after this coming season.
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