Arts & Entertainment


Actress Michael Hyatt on playing a State Attorney on 'True Detective'

Hyatt is a veteran of TV and film—she played Brianna Barksdale on HBO's The Wire and portrayed a detective in 2014's Oscar-nominated Nightcrawler. She talked with KPCC's Welcome to Vinci about her work on True Detective and beyond.

The track at Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Review of leaked test results shows doping is widespread in track and field

The reports are based on the results of more than 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes. Experts said analysis shows the sport's governing body has failed to take sufficient action against dopers.

Look, she did such a great job picking music that they don't even need to keep their eyes on the road!

How do I play DJ without embarrassing myself?

You're in the passenger seat. The driver asks you to pick the music. What's an insecure DJ to do?

Pro wrestler 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61; 7 of his greatest moments

Piper was a major part of the rise of the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s, particularly at the first Wrestlemania, where he teamed against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

5 Every Week: The Clock, churros and Next Fest

Here are five great things you should do in Southern California this week.

Lawsuit claims 'Happy Birthday' song should be in the public domain

The song is seldom used on screen because producers have to pay usage fees, but a documentary filmmaker is challenging the copyright.

Jason Segel reflects on the nature of celebrity with Alex Cohen

Jason Segel plays David Foster Wallace in 'The End of the Tour.'

'Sons of Anarchy' is no more, but the band plays on thanks to The Forest Rangers

The show's music supervisor, Bob Thiele, "got the band back together" to form a group called The Forest Rangers, which has released its first album, “Land, Ho!”

Andy Kindler: 'It's a great time for comics,' except if you're Adam Sandler

Veteran comedian Andy Kindler reflects on the annual "State of the Industry" speech that he gives at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.

Alan Cheuse, novelist and longtime NPR contributor, dies at 75

The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."

'Listen to Me Marlon' reveals the real Brando through the actor's own words

How a lifetime of audio recordings, from business meetings to self-hypnosis tapes, came together in a new documentary on the legendary actor.

Free weekend? 10 fun and almost-free things to do

Let's do this.

Song of the week: 'Stonefist' by HEALTH

Off-Ramp's song of the week is "Stonefist" by Los Angeles-based noise rockers HEALTH. "Stonefist" is off HEALTH's forthcoming album "Death Magic."

The Great Shrine Concert: A landmark gospel show, 60 years later

The landmark 1955 event featured acts like the Caravans, the Pilgrim Travelers and the Soul Stirrers — led by a young Sam Cooke.

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei restricted to 20-Day UK visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but notes he was never charged.

Coffee art: When a spill turns into a masterpiece

Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.