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

A selection of MacArthur fellows from the Class of 2021 (left to right, top row to bottom): Hanif Abdurraqib, Daniel Alarcón, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Jordan Casteel, Don Mee Choi, Nicole Fleetwood, Cristina Ibarra, Ibram X. Kendi, Daniel Lind-Ramos, Monica Muñoz Martinez, Safiya Noble, Alex Rivera, Jacqueline Stewart, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

toggle caption
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Anita Hill teaches courses on gender, race, social policy and legal history at Brandeis University. Lisa O'Connor /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Lisa O'Connor /AFP via Getty Images

Anita Hill Started A Conversation About Sexual Harassment. She's Not Done Yet

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1040911313/1041206004" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In this illustration drawn from a video feed, the prosecution presents its closing argument in the federal trial against singer R. Kelly on Sept. 22 in New York. Elizabeth Williams/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Elizabeth Williams/AP

R. Kelly Found Guilty Of Racketeering And Sex Trafficking

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1040528011/1041003347" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Ben Platt won a Tony award in 2017 for his starring role in Dear Evan Hansen. Now he's starring in a new film adaptation of the musical. Brian Ach/Invision/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Brian Ach/Invision/AP

'Dear Evan Hansen' Actor Ben Platt Escapes From Anxiety By Being In The Spotlight

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1040848525/1040947917" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Will Liverman (center) as Charles in Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

toggle caption
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Terence Blanchard Makes History At The Metropolitan Opera

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1040126008/1040830068" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Anthony Hamilton performs on Sept. 16 in New York City. Love Is The New Black is his first full length album in five years. Theo Wargo/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Anthony Hamilton On Being Vulnerable And His New Album 'Love Is The New Black'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1040791848/1040791849" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Isabel Allende's (right) newest memoir is The Soul of a Woman, and Sandra Cisneros' (left) latest book is a bilingual tale of ex-pat Latinas in Paris, Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo. Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images / NPR Illustration hide caption

toggle caption
Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images / NPR Illustration

It's Lit! Latina Novelists On Living With (And Writing In) Two Languages

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1039552191/1039628964" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr. will host different parts of the Tony Awards broadcast on Sept. 26: the awards ceremony and the following two-hour celebration of Broadway's return, respectively. Associated Press hide caption

toggle caption
Associated Press

4 Things To Know Ahead Of The 2021 Tony Awards

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1040537081/1040756555" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Rich Fury/Getty Images

'Wait Wait' For Sept. 25th, 2021: Bowen Yang Plays Not My Job

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1040538409/1040687409" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Memorial to poet José Martí in Old Havana Keren Su/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Keren Su/Getty Images

Opinion: Free Expression Is On The Decline, In Cuba And Elsewhere

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1040643123/1040669145" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript