Arts & Entertainment

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.

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

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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.

Why Little Boots left a major label and started her own

The British electropop singer explains why the giant Atlantic Records wasn't a good fit and how that led to going her own way.

4 TV shows you should be watching this summer

Summer used to be the dead zone for new TV. But in today's era there's plenty of good shows if you know where to look.

‘Next MacGyver’ competition awards 5 winners for the right mix of science and fiction

Professionals from the engineering and entertainment fields came together to judge finalists who pitched an original TV show that calls for a female engineer protagonist.

Tom Brady calls NFL's 4-game suspension 'unfair'

Brady said he only destroyed his phone after his lawyers told the NFL his device would "not be subjected to investigation." Brady said he was "disappointed" in the NFL's decision.

Song Exploder: Ben Gibbard dissects his song, 'El Dorado'

The Death Cab for Cutie frontman talks with Hrishikesh Hirway about the song and its relationship to his divorce from actress Zooey Deschanel.

'The End of the Tour' is a filmed chapter in the David Foster Wallace story

After Wallace committed suicide in 2008, a book was published about a five-day road trip he shared with a magazine writer. That book is the basis of a new feature film.

Conan O'Brien, TBS sued for allegedly poaching jokes from Twitter

Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg filed a lawsuit against the talk show host and his team, claiming they stole jokes from his Twitter feed.

Restaurant menu exhibit 'To Live and Dine in LA' tells LA's real history

Roy Choi, the kogi truck revolutionary, talks about the new exhibit and book featuring the L.A. Public Library's huge collection of historic menus.

Mexico national soccer coach fired after journalist's claim

Miguel Herrera was fired following a reporter's claim that the coach punched him. The journalist has been a tough critic, as have many others disappointed with the team's performance.