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Fox announced today that the 15th season of <em>American Idol </em>will be the end of the road for what was once the biggest show on TV.
Exciting and colorful Hollywood treasures turn up at the estate sale of a woman who made patterns for renowned costume designers Edith Head and Bob Mackie.
Since 2002, LGBT South Asians have regularly gathered in New York City for this blowout dance party. Attendees welcome the chance to be open about their sexuality and embrace their heritage.
This week, we tackle the great big new fightin' superhero movie and consider why pop culture is in the business of appointing and punishing pariahs.
With just two episodes to go until the AMC series wraps for good, showrunner Matthew Weiner talks about the state of his main character's career and family life — and what the show is all about.
Robert and Michelle King, the real-life husband and wife team who created the CBS show, say that when it came to creating the series' main character, it was a question of art imitating life.
The AMC series' habit of killing off characters without warning has led to explosions of fan grief and rage on social media. Much of the audience's ire has landed on Scott M. Gimple.
There's a growing tendency to bring the tiny hieroglyphs off of phones, but not everyone is fluent. New takes on emoji integration suggest misunderstanding may be remedied with universal translation.
The off-beat funnyman retires this month after 33 years hosting late-night television. <em>Fresh Air's </em>David Bianculli says that David Letterman's humor "provided a new blueprint for the TV talk show."
Sisters Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris, owners of Curvaceous Couture bridal boutique, are stepping into the spotlight with a new reality show.
Duolingo, an app that allows users to learn new languages, is adding Klingon to its course list. The language, used by a fictional alien race in <em>Star Trek</em>, should be available next year.
On this week's show, we talk about lots and lots of comics in preparation for Free Comic Book Day, and we go down a few pop culture rabbit holes.
Glen Weldon reviews the 50 comics available at participating comics shops for 2015's Free Comic Book Day, coming May 2 — what to pick up free, skip, and buy while you're in the shop.
The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.
Video games are now being patched for problems after they are released, which makes reviewing them difficult. NPR's Arun Rath interviews Chris Kohler of <em>Wired</em> about how to keep game reviews relevant.
The series stars a blind superhero — but at first, it lacked audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Netflix has added that option, but the issue raises larger questions of online accessibility.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Specter, staff writer at <em>The New Yorker</em> about some physicians' calls for Columbia University to sever ties with TV's Dr. Oz.
The host of<em> The Soup</em> co-stars in the thriller <em>Deliver Us From Evil</em>. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Terry Gross. <em>Originally broadcast June 30, 2014.</em>
The gang discusses the new Netflix superhero series, what happens when the audience knows too much and, as always, what's making us happy this week.
The BBC America series returns for a third season on Saturday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show's dense stories are immensely absorbing, but can make it hard to follow for casual viewers.
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