Arts & Life Art and entertainment commentary plus interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, comedy, and visual art. Subscribe to podcasts and follow trends in music, painting, art, architecture, photography, and design.

Arts & Life

An attorney for R. Kelly, seen in May 2019, said his client "had nothing to do with any of these alleged acts by those charged." Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

A man walks past a mural of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. in London. Thabo Jaiyesimi/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Thabo Jaiyesimi/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Black Power Scholar Illustrates How MLK And Malcolm X Influenced Each Other

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/901632573/901792230" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Steven Garza is the underdog in the mock-race for governor in the documentary Boys State. He counts Bernie Sanders among his political heroes. Apple TV+ hide caption

toggle caption
Apple TV+

'Boys State' Helps Teens Learn How Politics Work — Perhaps A Little Too Well

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/901705209/901795419" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

When Redstone was about 30, he went to work for his father who owned a few drive-in theaters in New England. He eventually turned his father's business, National Amusements, into a national theater chain. John Blanding/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
John Blanding/Boston Globe via Getty Images

Media Titan Sumner Redstone, Who Made Viacom A Global Empire, Dies At 97

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/375143072/901665780" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Black Lives Matter mural, being painted on the street outside the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery on July 18, 2020 in Minneapolis. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

New York Philharmonic first violinist Kuan Cheng Lu, playing for a socially distanced audience of two at Lincoln Center on July 31. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Mito Habe-Evans/NPR

During A Lonely New York Summer, Lincoln Center Brings Music To Essential Workers

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/899503050/901592116" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Regina King (pictured right) recently received an Emmy nomination for her lead role in the limited series Watchmen. Mark Hill/HBO hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Hill/HBO

Unemployed people gather outside City Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 9, 1930 during the Great Depression. AP hide caption

toggle caption
AP

Fifty Years After Studs Terkel Published 'Hard Times' ... Here We Are Again

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/896498756/901432255" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"I've never heard any Republican officeholder speak of President Trump as if he should be president," says GOP strategist Stuart Stevens. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Veteran GOP Strategist Takes On Trump — And His Party — In 'It Was All A Lie'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/901274491/901375771" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood says The Old Guard shows "the opposite side of what we all envision immortality to be." Mohammed Kamal/Netflix hide caption

toggle caption
Mohammed Kamal/Netflix

'Everybody Deserves To Be Seen As A Hero,' Says 'Old Guard' Director

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/900150951/900926225" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Young People's Chorus of New York City, performing back in better times. Alexey Konkov/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

toggle caption
Alexey Konkov/Courtesy of the artists

Is Singing Together Safe In The Era Of Coronavirus? Not Really, Experts Say

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/888945949/900766754" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Rodin Museum in Paris is selling sculptures to pay the bills — and that's exactly as the artist intended. When he died in 1917, Auguste Rodin left the museum plaster casts for just this purpose. Above, The Thinker (Le Penseur) is pictured ahead of the Musée Rodin's reopening in November 2015. Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Joel Saget/AFP via Getty Images

Good Thinking: How Rodin Ensured The Financial Future Of His Paris Museum

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/900006469/900603891" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CCTA

Not My Job: We Quiz Bryan Cranston Of 'Breaking Bad' On Braking ... Good

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/900001469/900483037" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
One World

In 'Finna,' Poet Nate Marshall Is 'All About What Happens Next'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/900144186/900432160" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript