| May 28, 2014
| 8:17 AM
Chicago Public Media will begin self-distribution of its signature program, "This American Life," on July 1, taking over key business functions for one of public radio’s most significant franchises.
The move, announced Wednesday, will deliver...
| May 20, 2014
| 11:13 AM
The NPR news and talk show "Tell Me More," hosted by Michel Martin, will soon be no more.
In the face of a budget shortfall, NPR has decided to end production of the show Aug. 1, the nonprofit's senior vice president for news, Margaret Low Smith,...
| May 16, 2014
| 9:19 AM
The King of the Monsters is back in "Godzilla," Gareth Edwards' reboot of the iconic kaiju franchise starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. While the big guy isn't getting the full royal welcome, most critics agree that the new...
| Jun 8, 2014
There's no mystery about the best place for book lovers to gather this weekend — it's the Printers Row Lit Fest in the South Loop. But here are other questions about literature that have confounded many:
1/ In September 1849, Edgar Allan Poe...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 11:19 AM
More proof that the mid-'80s were ridiculously awesome, via Billboard's Hot 100 Chart archive.
10. "Walking on Sunshine," Katrina & the Waves
Catchy, huh? Advertisers think so. NPR reported in 2010 that advertisers will pay $150,000-$200,000 to...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 7:18 PM
What are the Top 10 strangest sports endorsements of all time? There's quite a list to choose from. Here's our quick Top 10 list ...
10. Joe DiMaggio – Mr. Coffee
Having a former baseball player promote a new coffee maker might not seem so out...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 9:34 AM
Jazz musician Horace Silver, a composer known for pioneering hard bop, has died, National Public Radio said on Wednesday. He was 85.
Silver, a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, was shaped by the Portuguese influence in the islands of Cape Verde, from where...
| May 28, 2014
| 1:53 PM
Back in the early days of feminism -- the 1970s -- the theme song of the wife who had a career outside the home was the Enjoli perfume commercial:
I can bring home the bacon,
Fry it up in the pan,
| Jun 12, 2014
| 8:49 PM
In "The Bargain & the Butterfly," Annie, the protagonist and child of a watchmaker, says, "The bottom of a glass is a lens. Water is a lens. Many things are lenses if you look through them carefully."
And that's exactly what Katharine Noon's latest play...
| Jun 13, 2014
In his short story "Understanding Understanding Owls," David Sedaris stands inside a shady London taxidermist's shop, admiring the majestic tawny owls perched against the walls. He's there to purchase a stuffed bird for his partner, Hugh, for Valentine'...
| May 31, 2014
| 4:00 AM
President Obama's foreign policy speech at West Point last week was in large part a list of all the things he doesn't want to do. He doesn't want to withdraw from the world. At the same time, he doesn't want to use military force to solve every problem....