Glen Weldon

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On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

Monday, June 26, 2017

The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. One year later, in 1998, was the first time we mentioned the book, on All Things Considered. Here's Margot Adler's piece in its entirety.


Checking In On 'Better Call Saul' (And 'Breaking Bad') At The 3-Season Mark

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Both shows track the moral decay of their main characters, so we compare Jimmy McGill's arc, as of Sunday's Better Call Saul season finale, to that of Walter White after three seasons of Breaking Bad.


Why Hasn't Online Dating Made It Onscreen?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The technology around us has made its way into all kinds of movies — sci-fi, thrillers, horror. But there's one movie genre it hasn't been able to infiltrate — the romantic comedy.


Adam West Saved Batman. And Me.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

NPR's resident Bat-scholar Glen Weldon offers a personal remembrance of the late Adam West, explains how the actor rescued the character of Batman from oblivion, and explores his enduring legacy.


'The Jersey Brothers' Highlights The Enduring Legacy Of World War II

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sally Mott Freeman's book, The Jersey Brothers, recounts the story of three men swept up by Word War II. The youngest brother gets captured in the Philippines, and the two others struggle to bring him home. NPR explores why stories of World War II remain so compelling to us today.


It's A Bird, It's A Plane ... It's Our Comics And Graphic Novels Reader Poll!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our famous summer reader poll is back, and this year we're all about comics and graphic novels! Whether it's your childhood favorite or the webcomic you binged last week, we want to know about it.


Camelot On Film: 9 (Not-So) Brief, (Intermittently) Shining Moments

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is in theaters this weekend. How does it stack up against other movies that have tackled Arthurian legend?


A Guide To Free Comic Book Day 2017: The Don't-Misses And The Near-Misses

Friday, May 05, 2017

Headed to a comics shop for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday? Take along Glen Weldon's exhaustive guide to all 52 FCBD free comics available.


Jonathan Demme And The Simple Power Of The Close-Up

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Demme, who directed 36 feature films and documentaries over the course of his long and varied career, died this morning. He was a filmmaker fascinated by the pure emotional force of the human face.


Gripping Comics Memoir 'Hostage' Puts You In The Room Where Nothing Happens

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cartoonist Guy Delisle departs from the first-person travelogue format which has won him acclaim to chronicle the true story of a man kidnapped and detained for months in the Caucasus region in 1997.


Long-Buried Secrets, Scampering Dreams And A Cat That Talks: 'Eartha'

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In Cathy Malkasian's gorgeous, melancholic graphic novel, a woman travels to a distant city to learn why its residents have stopped dreaming.


Beyond The Pale (Male): Marvel, Diversity And A Changing Comics Readership

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Comments about diversity in superhero comics made last week by a Marvel executive unleashed an online firestorm. But heroes who look more like the growing comics readership are here to stay.


'The Hello Girls' Chronicles The Women Who Fought For America — And For Recognition

Thursday, April 06, 2017

A book published today, the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War I, tells the story of "America's First Women Soldiers" who served as switchboard operators in the field.


'Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve' Crunches The (Literary) Numbers

Friday, March 31, 2017

In his new book, statistician Ben Blatt loads thousands of books, new and old, into a vast database and uncovers intriguing patterns in how our favorite authors write.


Chuck Barris Didn't Invent Schlock Television, He Weaponized It

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The creator of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, which he also hosted, died Tuesday at 87. His shows were cheap to produce — and he made sure they looked it.


Robert Silvers, Longtime Editor Of 'The New York Review Of Books,' Dies At 87

Monday, March 20, 2017

Silvers co-founded the journal with Barbara Epstein in 1963. It quickly became a leading forum where authors and critics grappled with cultural issues — and with each other.


Looking Back At Our Oscar Predictions: Lo, There Shall Come A Reckoning

Monday, February 27, 2017

We review the 11 categories we got "wrong" and explore reasons why. But we're not being defensive. Maybe you're the one who's being defensive, ever thought of that?


Oscars 2017: Follow Our Live Coverage With Pop Culture Happy Hour

Sunday, February 26, 2017

NPR's team of pop-culture commentators is live-blogging tonight's Academy Awards. Watch along.


Win Your Oscar Pool With Our Blisteringly Accurate Predictions

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Glen Weldon runs down all 24 Academy Award categories and makes bold, keenly analytical picks which are not — not even remotely — wild guesses. Nope.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Preview

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This week, Bob Mondello joins us for our annual Oscars Omnibus: We talk nominees we haven't got around to yet, and look in on some of the hottest races.